September 2, 2020, by Agnes

What to Pack for University

The big question everyone has before moving out for the first time: what do I pack? Before coming to university, I read so many articles and watched so many youtube videos about this exact topic. The truth is that your packing list will be very unique to YOU. You need to consider what are some things that are a part of your daily routine or a big part of your life that you want to bring with you to university. For me, those things were my art supplies and a guitar.

That being said, here’s a list of some basic things that you’ll most likely need at university.


  • Duvet
  • Mattress cover
  • Pillow
  • Bedsheets
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry detergent (I used an eco egg which I highly recommend!)
  • Medicine (painkillers, cold medicine, vitamins, plasters)
  • Hangers
  • Everyday bag/backpack
  • Weekend/overnight bag
  • Small sewing kit
  • Umbrella


  • Pins for your notice board
  • Refill notebooks
  • Binders to store your notes
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Calculator
  • Planner

(*You’ll need very different things depending on your course! Eg. If your course is largely essay-based, you can get away with using your laptop for almost everything. Think about what you’ll personally need!)


  • Passport photos
  • Passport
  • Driving license
  • National insurance number
  • NHS medical card/details of your health insurance
  • Details of your vaccination history
  • Student Finance details
  • Confirmation letters of scholarships/bursaries
  • University offer
  • Debit card
  • Bank details
  • Travel discount cards
  • CV and references
  • DBS check (if you have one)
  • Relevant exam certificates/result slips


  • Any comfy clothes! (Pack both for warm and cold weather – it’s warm in September but by the end of term it’s freezing!)
  • Going out clothes
  • Warm coat
  • Raincoat !! (Notts can get quite rainy)
  • Pyjamas
  • Dressing gown (Quick to throw on when there’s a fire alarm late at night)
  • Slippers
  • Comfy shoes (You’ll probably be walking a lot)
  • Smart shoes
  • Formal/work-appropriate clothes (Just in case!)
  • Fancy dress! (Will come in very handy during freshers week and Halloween week!)


  • Towels
  • Hand towels
  • Hand soap
  • Glasses and contact lenses + cleaning solution 
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Moisturiser
  • Cotton buds

(If you wear makeup)

  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover
  • Cotton pads


  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Mugs
  • Glasses
  • Frying pan
  • Saucepan
  • Baking tray
  • Cutlery
  • Wooden spoon
  • Colander
  • Tin opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Mixing bowl
  • Chopping knives
  • Chopping board
  • Tea towels
  • Washing up liquid
  • Bin bags
  • Tupperware
  • Sandwich bags


(You might not need most of these if you’re in catered halls or you might need other stuff depending on how much you love to cook!)

I hope you found this useful! Again, some of these might not apply to you or there might be some things that aren’t on the list that you will need! 


Good luck with your packing!

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