University checklist

Off to university this year? Moving out and into student accommodation is no small feat and it can be an overwhelming experience trying to decide what to take with you and what not to take. So, to help you, we’ve put together a handy list of everything you will need at university. 

a). Bedding, including bed sheets, duvet, pillows, blanket, under sheet, and pillowcases.

b). Washing detergent and softener for your clothes wash

c). Towels – face and bath

d). Coat hangers for your clothing

e). Extension lead – it’s better to have one handy instead of arriving and finding that you don’t have enough plugs!

f). Kitchen utensils – this includes plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses, mugs, knives, pots and pans, and wooden spoons.

g). Electricals – double check with your student accommodation but you may need to pack a toaster, microwave, and kettle.

Important documents – especially if you need them to enrol into university during freshers week or plan on applying for a provisional driver’s license, or go on holiday.

Having your own laptop will make studying a lot easier and portable, giving you the freedom to work in your room or in the library. Be sure to plan ahead and have all your documents ready before you leave. This includes your student finance papers, passport and birth certificate, drivers license and insurance papers, or scholarship papers. Prior to leaving, it may be a good idea to do some research on student loans and ways you can boost your credit whilst at university. This is the perfect time boost your credit score as bills will be under your name. if you struggle with finance, there are loan providers for students with poor credit, just be sure to make payments on time and read up on the terms and conditions beforehand.

Most students spend their first year in student accommodation which can be limited to just your bedroom with shared kitchen/living space. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your room so make sure you have everything you need to make it comfortable. If you’re a gamer, remember to pack your console, if you love reading, bring a few books with you. If you bring a TV with you, remember you will have to pay for a TV license. If your housemates also have TV’s, you could pool money in together and share the fee between you all.

The most important of all, don’t forget to pack your phone charger! Write down a list of important numbers to contact if you ever need them, this includes local taxi providers, GPs, dentists, and your parents numbers.

It can be expensive getting everything prepared for university, so make sure to check out all the student discounts available to you. And remember to enjoy your time at university!

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