We have put together a list of the essentials that students will need to take with to university. The exact list will vary depending whether you are self-catering or catered and in halls or not. Check first with your halls what will be provided for you before going out and spending loads of money on things you won’t need.
Our list covers the basic essentials you might want in your student starter pack (not including clothes, which you might also need!).
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checkList of student essentials
•Pillows & pillow cases
•Bath towel s
•Saucepans and frying pan
•Oven proof dishes
•Plates and bowls
•Mugs and glasses
•Tea towels/oven gloves
•Glue and Sellotape
First Aid Kit
•Cold & flu remedies
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• Passport (ID)
• Driver’s Licence
• Correspondence from the University
• Student Loan documents
• National Insurance Number
• Bank Account details
• Insurance documents
Books – you will be given a list of books that you need, but don’t rush out and buy them all. Read our guide on cheap books for university.
Insurance - check whether your accommodation includes student posessions insurance. If it doesn't you will need to buy your own.
Pre-packed student starter kits.
Not only can it be quite time consuming buying all these things individually, but it will also work out quite expensive. We have found some of the best student starter packs available which bring most of the essentials together and tend to work out cheaper than buying everything individually.
Amazon - have a wide range of kitchen equipment, bedding, food and stationery starter packs. With plenty of options you are bound to find the right pack that suits your needs plus if you join Amazon Student you get free next day delivery for six months.
Argos - Argos have everything students need for university with a range of starter packs, including kitchen, bedroom, technology and even some cleaning equipment (just in case!!) all offering great value for money. Ideal for students setting out particularly those of you who are going to be self catering.
Curry's/PC World – computing and accessories
These student starter packs from PC World, contain all your computing needs for the new term in one place including Antivirus software, cloud storage, Microsoft Office, laptops and more.
And not a starter pack but also very useful