ISAW Guide: What To Pack For Uni

ISAW Guide: What To Pack For Uni

Moving away from home always seems daunting. You’ve got so much to think about! What meals you’re going to cook, remembering to actually wash your clothes, studying and finding time to socialise and look after yourself. To make it easier, we’ve come up with a checklist of things you definitely need and might forget otherwise. Whether you’re returning to uni for another year or you’re a fresher moving away for the first time - don’t worry, we’ve got you!

Bedroom (& en-suite)

Your bedroom is going to be the place you spend the most time, and the best thing about it is that you can make it exactly how you want it. There’s tons of inspo online for making your room feel super cosy and homely! It’s also a place to come back to if you’re feeling stressed from uni, so make sure it’s relatively tidy and clutter-free so you can really relax. Here’s what we recommend:


  • Clothes - tops, trousers, jeans, pyjamas, jackets, coats, stuff for chilling, going out outfits, smart outfits, underwear, socks
  • Clothes hangers
  • Shoes - trainers, boots, heels, slippers, sandals
  • Accessories - jewellery, bags, sunglasses, belts, hats, scarves, gloves
  • Makeup & makeup wipes
  • Decorations - fairy lights, photos, posters, plants, mirrors, ornaments
  • Washing basket
  • TV - make sure you’ve sorted out your TV license!
  • Making your bed - duvet, pillows, duvet and pillow covers, bed sheets, mattress protector, cushions
  • Rubbish bin
  • Lamps for wherever you feel necessary - bedside and desk is a good start!


  • Towels - at least 2 so you still have one when the other needs washing
  • Hand soap
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Skincare products
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet roll
  • Cleaning products - bleach, sponges, surface cleaner
  • Shower mat
  • All your inside shower products



Uni kitchens are famously known for being messy and dirty but that doesn’t mean your cupboards and areas can’t be nice and clean! Your halls are likely to already include basic electronics but double check your accommodation inventory! Make sure you bring your favourite mug and snacks so you’ve got some home comforts when you first move in!


  • Large and small plates and bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Cups and mugs
  • Plastic food containers for leftovers
  • Bottle opener & tin opener
  • Baking trays
  • Pans and a wok
  • Cheese grater
  • Pizza cutter
  • Sieve
  • Mixing spoons
  • Cutting knives
  • Oven gloves
  • Chopping board
  • Tea towels
  • Washing up liquid and sponges/dishcloths
  • Surface cleaner
  • Any electricals you need, e.g. toastie maker, blender
  • Tin foil and clingfilm
  • Food bags
  • Kitchen roll

Other important stuff

How annoying is it when you realise you’ve forgotten something so obvious?! Well don’t fear, here’s the last final bits you’ll need to make sure you’re fully prepared for anything on this new chapter in your life!


  • Playing cards
  • Umbrella
  • Blu tack / sellotape
  • Hairdryer / straighteners / curlers
  • Any fancy dress outfits or accessories for events
  • Laptop
  • Headphones
  • Wallet - ID, bank cards, bus passes etc
  • Spare change for communal washing machines
  • Clothes drying rack
  • Scissors
  • Post-it notes
  • Batteries
  • Notebooks
  • Pens, pencils and highlighters
  • Extension cords & any electronic chargers
  • Sewing kit for any wardrobe malfunctions
  • Hot water bottle
  • Toiletries and medical - paracetamol, cold & flu, antiseptic wipes, plasters, multivitamins, tampons/pads, bobbles, brush, birth control, any personal medication, tweezers, manicure kit,
  • Documents - passport, national insurance number, enrollment papers and any papers you need to take on the first day

Now you’ve got everything, you’re ready to start this chapter! Be open, positive and your usual self and you’ll have friends for life in no time! Don’t forget to visit our Pinterest board for more inspo & shop our Student Edit for some amazing fits!

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