You may be tempted to bring everything with you, but that’s neither practical nor fun. Check out our list on what to pack for university to cut through the clutter and grab the essentials only!
1. Bed Essentials
Most accommodations will give you a bed with mattress and mattress cover. You’ll need to bring bed sheets, pillow and pillow cover, a duvet for the colder months and a duvet cover as well!
2. Bath Essentials
You’ll need to carry bath towels, toilet paper, bathroom mat, and toiletries! It’s also handy to carry bathroom slippers and a shower caddy for all your bath products if yours is a shared bathroom!
If you’re an international student, make sure you have a travel adapter for your host country. Other basics include a mobile phone, laptop and accessories, USB stick, and extension cord in case your room doesn’t have too many electrical sockets. Additional appliances like a steam iron and hair dryer are also recommended. A music system and/or camera may come in handy depending on your interests!
4. Stationery Supplies
It’s advisable to carry the essentials for the first week of lectures while you’re settling in. Bring textbooks, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, sharpeners, highlighters, paperclips, binders, sharpies, sticky notes, scissors, envelopes, and glue.
5. Medical Supplies
Don’t forget a First Aid kit with bandages, Band-Aids, burn medication and more. Pack in pills for common ailments like headaches, common cold, and digestive problems. This way you won’t need to run to the pharmacy when you’re actually sick!
6. Laundry Products
While your accommodation will have washing machines and dryers, you’ll still need to bring your own cleaning products. These include laundry pods, fabric softener, stain remover and bleach. Bring a laundry bag/basket for convenience.
7. Personal Care Items
Carry a few objects that remind you of home. Surrounding yourself with your favourite books and posters or even photos of friends and family is the perfect pick-me-up for when you’re feeling blue. You’ll thank us later!
Make sure to carry enough local currency to tide you over the first few weeks while your student bank account is set up. Carrying some cash even after your debit card is issued is good practice for emergencies.
Some of these items may seem a bit obvious, but it doesn’t hurt to double check when you pack for university. Happy packing!