What to take to uni checklist - student starter packs

university essentials checklist

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!).

And before you start shopping, why not sign up to our fundraising scheme Funds4Uni. You could earn free donations from the retailers on your purchases which will go towards your university costs.

checkList of student essentials

•Duvet covers
•Mattress protector
•Pillows & pillow cases
•Blackout blind
•Storage boxes

•Bath towel s
•Hand towels
•Toilet brush

•Saucepans and frying pan
•Kitchen knives
•Chopping board
•Potato peeler
•Spatula/masher/slotted spoon
•Measuring jug
•Weighing scales
•Wooden spoon
•Baking tray
•Oven proof dishes
•Can opener
•Bottle opener
•Plates and bowls
•Mugs and glasses
•Storage containers
•Cling film
•Aluminium foil
•Tea towels/oven gloves
•Clothes horse
•Dish cloths

•Hole punch
•Glue and Sellotape
•Blue tack

Computer Equipment
•Memory stick
•Laptop cover/bag
•Microsoft Office

First Aid Kit
•Pain killers
•Cold & flu remedies
•Anti histamine
•Antiseptic cream
•Antiseptic wipes

Important Documents
• 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

Student Shipping service - if you can't fit everything in the car, send it ahead with this home to uni service. A 5% discount will automatically be applied by following this link

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