Moving out can be a daunting yet thrilling experience. Especially if you’re moving to another city, no matter how far away. Moving into university accommodation is a great opportunity to meet new friends for life, you’ll experience it all together from freshers celebrations to the sleepless nights in the library. We want to help you be as well-prepared as possible when moving to university, so we’ve created an essential, comprehensive university checklist for you.



Having your own space and being able to decorate your bedroom however you want is the best thing about moving out. It is important to make your new space feel like a home away from home to help you settle in faster. Although, before you start packing your fairy lights and posters, make sure you have these bedroom essentials first.

  • Duvet
  • Pillows
  • Hangers 
  • Command Hooks
  • Mattress Protector
  • Stationary 
  • Portable Mirror



Most accommodations will provide you with the main electrical appliances you need, such as a toaster or kettle, but here are some essentials you may not know you need until you’re halfway through cooking a meal in the midst of your first week. When bringing plates and bowls, ensure you have enough for when you want to cook for a friend, but don’t bring an unnecessary amount as you’ll quickly become over-encumbered. 

  • Baking Trays 
  • Pots / Pans 
  • Plates / Bowls 
  • Washing Up Liquid 
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Jug
  • Cutlery 
  • Chopping Knife 
  • Cheese Grater 
  • Chopping Board 
  • Kitchen Foil 
  • Bin Bags 
  • Scissors 
  • Antibacterial Spray 
  • Kitchen Scrubber
  • Maiden 
  • Mugs/Plastic cups




Whether you have to share a bathroom or not, here are some things that you’ll need when preparing to move into your accommodation.

  • Bath Mat
  • Towels 
  • Toilet Roll
  • Hand Soap


Miscellaneous University Essentials 

When you first move out, there will be things you need that are just household essentials your parents always have in, make your living experience easier with these university essentials:

  • Cold and Flu Medicine  
  • Sellotape 
  • Playing Cards
  • Tea Bags 
  • Plasters


It’s important not to overpack when prepping your move to university as space is limited, so following this university checklist will ensure that you neither overpack nor more importantly, under-pack. Although the checklist seems endless and can potentially be expensive, if you follow it carefully and remain organised, you can buy little things at a time in the lead up to moving out. 

This will help ensure you don’t buy anything useless, but don’t stress if you forget something, you can always buy what you need once you’re settled in, either on your own or with your new flatmates.


Finally, be proud of yourself for working hard and being accepted into university. This is an exciting new chapter in your life that you will forever remember, with lots of new responsibilities! 


Good Luck, you’ve got this. 


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