Moving out and going to university is an exciting time, and with so much going on in your mind at once it would be easy to get confused. From thinking about all the clothes you want to take, to all the necessities for your kitchen, here is a cleverly devised checklist of all the important items you don’t want to forget!


  • Your passport, drivers license and national insurance number
  • TV License if not provided
  • A CV and any references you have gained
  • Your bank details
  • Your doctors and dentist details along with your NHS number
  • A diary or calender could also be useful to make sure you don’t forget any important events!
  • Grab a map of the local area and a guide to what’s going on


If you’re sharing a flat with a few others, it would be a good idea to discus what kitchen items you could each bring. It wouldn’t be very useful if all 5 of you brought a toastie maker yet no one brought any pans to cook any food. Maybe just bring the essential items with you on your first day and then discuss which appliances each could bring in the following few days. Also, maybe you could all put some money together and buy anything else needed between you. The majority of the time, appliances will already be provided in the flats but this will be something you need to find out prior to moving in. 

  • Corkscrew and bottle opener
  • Mugs, glasses, cutlery, tin opener and scissors
  • Plates and bowls
  • Frying pans and saucepans
  • Chopping board
  • Basic cupboard ingredients – coffee, tea, sugar, salt, pepper etc
  • Cooking utensils – wooden spoon, spatula, masher
  • Plastic boxes suitable for freezing – place any left over food (spag bol for example) in and freeze for another days meal!
  • Plastic bowl that is suitable for microwaving – perfect for heating soups and beans!
  • Sandwich bags, tin foil and clingfilm
  • Tea towels and oven gloves
  • Tray to carry food on if eating in bedroom
  • Washing up liquid, dishcloth and scrubbing brush (for when the washing up actually DOES get done)


  • Bath mat, bath and hand towels and a flannel
  • A basket to keep all your shower things in (handy if not in an en suite bedroom!)
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Shower accessories – soaps, bodywash, shampoo, conditioner
  • Hair gels, hairspray, deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Scissors, razors and shaving gel/foam

Electrical Items

  • Alarm clock
  • Mini fridge (for if you can’t be bothered to walk to the kitchen!)
  • Calculator
  • Laptop and charger, memory stick, printer and network cable
  • Phone charger
  • Bedside lamp
  • TV and DVD player
  • Camera – document your time at university so you can relive the memories later on
  • Headphones
  • Extension lead
  • Batteries

Studying Essentials

  • Desk lamp
  • Notice board/white board – to make a note of important events
  • Dictionary and thesaurus
  • Lined paper, plan paper for printing and folders
  • Stationary – Pens, pencils, rubbers, highlighters, tippex, ruler, stapler, hole punch
  • Sellotape and Post It notes
  • White Tac – this won’t stain the walls like Blu Tac would


  • Laundry bag (Keep’s your clothes off the floor and makes it easy to take it to the laundry room)
  • Clothes horse to dry your clothes in your room
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Cleaning products for your flat and your clothes
  • Dusters
  • Hoover (if you really wanted)


  • Bedding sets
  • Duvet and pillows
  • Mattress cover
  • Hot water bottle
  • Sleeping bag (if your mates stay over)


  • Extra storage
  • Suitcase
  • Spare lightbulb
  • Torch
  • Any loose change
  • Fan
  • Clock

Don’t forget all your clothing any anything you want to add to your room to make it that bit more homely (rugs, throws, pictures, posters etc.) Comment below if there’s anything you want to add!


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