What to pack

Packing checklist

Packing for university can be a tad stressful. If you’ve never lived away from home before there are probably some things you take for granted, and some things you think will be essential that you may never use. We have produced this guide to help you work out what you need to bring.

Honest questions should be asked beforehand; do I really need to bring 10 pairs of trainers or can I survive with just my favourite pairs? Apply this thinking to all items that are packed in advance.

Moving into campus accommodation

If you're moving into halls of residence on College Lane or de Havilland campus,  take a look at our living on campus guides to see what's already included in your accommodation.

The fun stuff

There are also some other things you might want to bring that aren’t so essential but may help make your university life more fun and stress-free.

  • fancy dress outfits - you never know when a party might happen
  • books - not just your course texts but something to lie back and relax with
  • a TV. If you are bringing a TV don’t forget you will need a TV license
  • games console
  • pack of cards or some board games - it is a great way to meet new people
  • movies, TV shows and music. Don’t forget that as a student you can also get a discount to some services such as Spotify or Apple Music
  • photos of family and friends. University will become your home-away-from-home, so it is important you make it your own space.