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What to Take to University – The Ultimate Uni Checklist

It’s almost time to pack your bags for what is likely to be the most exciting move you will make. We understand that the transition from home to university can be daunting, which is why we are on hand to make sure that your time at university is as comfortable and hassle-free as possible.

There’s a fine line between bringing everything you need and overpacking, and before you know it, you’ll be reaching for that 3rd suitcase. That is why we have put together the ultimate university checklist, which will ensure you know exactly what to pack and what to leave behind.

The top items to take to university

When deciding on your must-haves, it’s best to look at the individual categories of items you will need. The full list would be a tad exhaustive, so breaking it down will help you make sure nothing essential is left behind!

Uni bedroom essentials

 Having a bedroom which feels homely and safe is crucial for a positive first living-away experience. We have put together a list of uni bedroom essentials which will help to personalise your space, whilst keeping it maintainable.

  • Bedding (duvet / pillows / pillowcases / sheets) – Familiar bedding is perfect for transforming your room into something that feels like home.
  • Chargers – Ensure you pack charging cables for all devices you may use.
  • Extension leads – While your room is equipped with ample plug sockets, an extension lead will ensure your devices can reach you wherever you base yourself.
  • Coat hangers – For your hanging clothes in the provided wardrobes.
  • Clothes for all seasons – Weather adaptable clothes, comfy clothes and smart wear.
  • Bedside lamp – To provide enough light to work comfortably.
  • Sturdy bag – Capable of carrying heavy books and binders.
  • Hair tools (dryer / straightener / brush) – to make sure you are ready for freshers’ week.
  • Decorative items (photographs / fairy lights etc.) – Having a small selection of your favourite decorative bits and pieces is what will really transform your space into a home away from home.
  • Headphones – Listen to music, videos and avoid any external distractions.
  • Washing powder – Washing powder is not supplied and you will need your own to keep on top of everyone’s favourite task – Laundry!
  • Laundry basket – An easy way to transport dirty clothes to the laundry room.

Don’t forget that all rooms at Lulworth Student Company are fully furnished with comfortable double beds, storage and shower rooms – so no flat packs are required! Also, why not save time and precious car-space by having a customisable bedroom supply kit delivered straight to your room? This best-selling Bed in a Bag bundle comes complete with 10.5 tog duvet, pillow and linen set so you can enjoy quality bedding without having to make the trip to your local homeware shop.

University kitchen essentials

It can be tempting to bring your favourite, most expensive cooking utensils, but we recommend sticking to cheaper kitchen items as they may get damaged or broken. Below is a list of our kitchen recommendations so you can make sure you have everything you need to become a top student chef!

  • Cutlery (knives / forks / spoons)
  • Crockery (plates / bowls)
  • Saucepans
  • Baking tray
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Chopping board
  • Grater
  • Measuring jug
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Tea towel
  • Oven gloves
  • Cling film
  • Tin foil

Alternatively, shop The Kitchen Kit – a handy bundle featuring a great array of student kitchen essentials, to help you cook up a storm from the get-go.

Bathroom essentials to take to university

At Lulworth Student Company, all our rooms come with individual ensuites, so it’s important you remember all of the bathroom essentials to make sure it’s fully kitted out with everything you need.

  • Bathmats and towels
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Shower Gel
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Razor / shaving foam
  • Toilet roll – It may seem like an obvious one, but it can be easily forgotten!
  • Sanitary Products
  • Pain killers and cold medicine – to help ease the inevitable freshers’ flu!

Study items to take to university

With the hustle and bustle of moving out, it’s important not to forget that you are at university first and foremost to work and gain a degree. Bringing the right study equipment is essential for producing work to a high standard and staying organised.

  • Writing implements (pens / pencils / highlighters)
  • Notepads and Paper – It’s best to bring a selection of different sizes for varying tasks.
  • Folders and Binders – Keep your documents safely organised in one place.
  • Post-it notes – For notes and reminders.
  • Hole punch – To allow documents to be compiled together.
  • Stapler – To combine documents.
  • Eraser – For rubbing out any mistakes.
  • Ruler – For sectioning work.
  • Sticky Tape – For repair work.
  • Diary / Organiser – To keep track of dates and deadlines.
  • USB Stick – Important for transferring uni work to multiple devices.
  • Laptop – Recommended for university work.


What not to take to university

 One of the main priorities of any student accommodation is the safety and wellbeing of all students living there. Therefore, we have outlined some of the items that you should avoid bringing with you due to their safety risk, and other items because they are already provided in your accommodation.

  1. Ashtrays – most student accommodation buildings have a strict no smoking policy, so an astray won’t be needed. However, outside the buildings there are smoking areas with designated ashtrays, so you won’t have to fully leave the premises.
  2. Candles – most student accommodation companies will ask students not to bring candles or incense sticks as these are a fire hazard, so we would advise you not to pack these.
  3. Printer – although a printer in your bedroom may seem like a good idea, they are often bulky and take up unnecessary space. Most universities will be fully equipped with printers, so you won’t have to bring your own.
  4. Hoover – A hoover is usually provided at most student halls. Students are expected to maintain a high standard of cleanliness within their accommodation.
  5. Large bits of furniture – All of our rooms are kitted out with the furniture you need, so you won’t need to bring your own. You must not remove or add any large pieces of furniture or fixtures to the accommodation unit without permission.
  6. Car – most student accommodation buildings have limited parking so it may be tricky to find a safe space to leave your car. There will always be ample public transport to get you to your destination, so a car is usually not needed.
  7. Kettle – usually, small appliances won’t be allowed in bedrooms, however, a kettle will be provided in your kitchen area. At Lulworth, there is also an on-site café where you can enjoy a cup of ‘Naked Coffee’ with many study time discounts on offer.

Find student accommodation in Bournemouth

Now that you know exactly what you will need to bring along with you on moving day, make sure you have reserved your student accommodation before it gets booked up!

 Conveniently located near the lively Bournemouth town centre, Lulworth Student Company offers premium student accommodation at affordable prices. With an excellent range of on-site facilities including a Sports Zone, Café and Gym, there are ample opportunities to meet new people and ensure you get to enjoy that all-important downtime.

 To find a suitable room for you, visit our booking page to discover the variety of rooms available at Lulworth, or alternatively, get in touch with a friendly team member to find out more.