What do I pack when leaving for my student accommodation?

You have probably realised it from the subject – in this post we will help you with some tips on what to pack with you when leaving home for university, and starting a new chapter of your life in student accommodation.

There are plenty of things you can think of taking with you when moving into your student accommodation, but it is important to ask yourself “Do I really need this?” Remember most of the essential and basic things are available in the city you are moving to, so no need for you to stuff that suitcase with loo rolls or your favourite crisps.

So where do you start? First – don’t leave it too late, you don’t want to be stress packing last minute when you could have enjoyed that walk with your parents, night out with friends or a cuddle with your dog.

Our advice to you is to make a list (you can even start it a month ahead and keep adding things to it when it pops in your mind). Depending on your love of lists, you can just break it down into main categories to help you remember (like Kitchen, Bathroom, Electrical, etc.) or if you love details you can expand on the items further.

Let’s just see some examples:

Clothes:

Sounds obvious, but if you are like most of us who overpack even for a 3 day break, our advice is to pack only what you’ll need in the first two seasons (Autumn/ Winter). Why?

  1. You will most probably come back home for Christmas break and will be able to take more of the things you’ll need for Spring/ Summer.
  2. You might want to do some shopping in a new city so keep that in mind when packing, and donate your old clothes (or those you are unsure about) to a local charity. Your support is always appreciated.

If you are not planning to go home for Christmas then make sure you take the essentials (like they say, if you haven’t worn something from your wardrobe for 6 months chances are you will never wear them) – so just sit and think what you really need/ love/ cannot live without. Something to keep you warm, comfortable and happy.

Tip: Always have something smart in case you will be going for a job interview or anything like a university event, conference, etc. 

Documents:

Remember to have all the important and necessary documentation you may need when away from home – passport if you planning any trips abroad, university enrolment papers/ confirmation letters, medical history or anything you think will be required when you need to see a specialist in a new city, passport photos (you never know when you need them and it takes the stress out looking for a photo booth, accommodation contract or any other student housing related documents – if you are unsure about this one, just check with your friendly Student.com booking consultant who will be happy to help. 

Kitchen:

Let’s just start with something important like a toaster 😀 you really don’t have to bring it with you all the way from home. Firstly, in the majority of the cases, student accommodation providers have the communal kitchens or private studios equipped with basic appliances like kettles and toasters. If you are going into a flat share – simply check with your landlord or future house mates what’s provided. It will make your suitcase lighter and your parents cupboard safe. You can of course bring your favourite mug with you. 

But remember all of the kitchen utensils & basic things will either be provided in your new home or can easily be bought on the high street. 

To save you time you can shop for the basic stuff for kitchen and bedroom (bedding, duvet, pillows)  on Student.com via this link

Electrical:

These are just some suggestions for this category:

Hair dryer/ straightener, chargers, USB sticks, headphones, game console, portable speakers, laptop, phone, another charger or a portable one, etc, etc.

Some other categories to get you thinking – Bathroom, Bedroom, Handbags or other accessories, and other miscellaneous variety of items.

The list can go on, so be creative, positive and remember – less is more. Enjoy getting settled in your student accommodation, your home away from home!