It’s crazy to think but September is slowly creeping up on us. You may be heading for a fresh start at University. Before you know it, you’ll be packing the car full of nearly everything you own. But what do you actually need?
I’ve just completed my first year of university, so I’m talking from experience. I’m an over-packer, I’m the one that always dreads the weighing of the bags at the airport, a weekend away consists of at least six outfits – what if I don’t like them at the time? So, here’s some advice that will help if you’re anything like me: that top you haven’t worn in 4 years… surprise, surprise you still won’t wear it at University, leave it at home or get rid of it.
The wardrobe space is minimal, so if you’re not too far away and plan to be home at the holidays, then a good tip I would recommend is if you’re going in summer you don’t need all of your coats, likewise if you’re going in winter, bikinis aren’t necessary! You will be home again, so just take some clothes back then that you aren’t wearing and swap them out for more weather-appropriate attire.
That brings me onto storage. If you are moving into halls, they will most likely have a portal advertising the rooms, try to watch the videos or tours to gauge an idea of how much space you will have. If you know anyone currently staying there or can get in contact, it’s worth finding out how much space you have. I know when I was first starting, I joined the Facebook groups (which I highly recommend) and then was I invited into a WhatsApp group chat for everyone living in the accommodation, some second years were in the group chat, so we were lucky they measured the under bed storage and wardrobe areas so we could purchase appropriate boxes to save space.
Don’t splash out on plates and utensils! They will not be returning home or certainly not making it to the second year with you. You can guard those forks with your life, but I can guarantee you, unintentionally your flatmates will borrow them, and they will disappear to never be seen again. Unfortunately, that’s just how it tends to be when you have a shared kitchen, you buy lovely, pink, pretty plates, thinking they’re an expense but will they last you through Uni? NO! Wait until the second year when you’re in a house, then you may get away with it. Those lovely plates will be used for all sorts at 4 am when your flatmates stumble through the door!
Here’s A List Of Items We Strongly Suggest You Pack:
- Driver’s Licence/ID
- Bank card
- Clothes (weather appropriate!)
- Dressing gown
- Coat hangers
- Extension leads
- Kitchen items
- Mobile phone
- Washing detergent and cleaning items
- Any sports equipment you require
- Laundry bin
- Clothes dryer
- Sliders (ESSENTIAL – you don’t know what you might catch off your kitchen floor if you’re bare foot)