Not sure where to start when packing for university? we've got you

Not sure where to start when packing for university? we've got you

At this point, you’ve probably completed all the crucial tasks that come with going to university and are ready to start your journey.

Moving to uni is a big step for many. In the mix-up of everything, it's easy to forget points on your to-do list, that’s if you’ve even made a to-do list. Use this blog curated from Billing Better to keep track of all you have prepared for or to help kick start your uni preparations.

We’ve narrowed it down into 6 categories for your move to help keep you organised when packing. 

1. Bedroom 

2. Bathroom 

3. Kitchen 

4. Electronics

5. Study material 

6. General 


All standard university rooms come with storage, a bed frame, mattress, and a desk. So when it comes to moving you should just need the necessities listed below:

  • bed linen, including sheets, duvet, blankets, pillows and pillowcases.
  • Clothes and shoes for all seasons, also don’t forget to take something smart and loose like joggers.. freshers fifteen is no joke
  • Clothes hangers 


With any of the bathroom scenarios you pick between when selecting your accommodation, you’ll want to bring items from the selection below:

  • Towels
  • Personal items like toiletries 
  • you’ll be shocked at how much hair you’ll find in a shared shower plug, take a plunger and crocs to be safe
  • Washing detergent, bathroom bleach and any other cleaning equipment you’ll need


Whether you plan on cooking for all three meals of the day or surviving on take-out and pesto pasta, here are some things we think you’ll need:

  • Basic food that will cover you for at least the first week - keep a close eye on your milk, it won’t be yours for long
  • Cleaning up liquid, bleach, and any other cleaning equipment you’ll need
  • Knives and a chopping board
  • Saucepans and a frying pan
  • Baking tray
  • Plates and bowls (microwavable ones are a good idea)
  • Cutlery
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Corkscrew and bottle opener
  • Tin opener
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Measuring jug
  • Grater
  • Cling film
  • Tin foil
  • Tea towels
  • Dishcloth
  • Student recipe book


  • Extension lead 
  • Plug adaptors (subject to need)
  • Mobile phone charger plus a spare, you’ll be thanking yourself in the long run

Study material

When it comes to studying every course will have different requirements but for the most part, you may need:

  • PC/Laptop and any cables and charges you’ll need 
  • USB stick 
  • pens, pencils and highlighters
  • A4 file paper
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • Diary/personal organiser - this can be a digital copy
  • Post-it notes.
  • Any other degree-specific appliances

Study material is probably more of a second thought with freshers’ week ahead so a pen and paper is a good start


  • Sportswear and or equipment for all the teams you’ll join and attend once maybe twice
  • Games - (a useful ice breaker you can use in your first week, be prepared to bring them to most of the pre drinks after)
  • A list of important contact details in case something happens to your phone
  • Mini health kit - (pain killers, plasters, antibacterial wipes, anything else you’d need in an emergency)
  • Some things from home, pictures and or decorations you have from home can help you settle in a bit easier 
  • An umbrella, Uber won’t be there to save you when you’re waiting for your student finance to drop, be prepared 

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Transporting your belongings

After you’ve read through all of the categories deciding what you’ll need and what you don’t, you have to tackle transporting your items. Luckily Billing Better has some great partners over at Any Van who can share some helpful tips when it comes to packing and booking your transport service, take a look to learn more .

Keeping your valuables safe

Being mindful Is key when it comes to moving for university especially when you're living in shared accommodation. This can be pretty difficult when you’re engrossed in all the activities and demands that come with the beginning of university, so here are a few tips to help you:

  • Avoid leaving the room unattended with doors and windows unlocked. If your room is visible to public spaces, keep your curtains drawn when you're out. 
  • Keep access cards/ keys safe, don’t lend them to anyone else and avoid having anything indicating your address with them. 
  • Don’t let people you don’t know into your room and don’t leave them unaccompanied.
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  • Keep copies of your content insurance documents and warranties in a safe place. (Often your room comes equipped with a safe so take advantage of this). 

And now the experience begins….

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