The Ultimate University Packing List

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Now that A-level results are out, you don’t have to stress about whether you got the grades for your uni anymore. Most of you now know which university you’re going to for the next 3 years. But now you have another thing to worry about: what items to bring to uni with you.

For this post, I wanted to put together the ultimate university packing list. I’m one of many students who are going to university and packing can be quite overwhelming. There are so many items that you need to buy that you sometimes don’t even think of.

For people who have never lived away from home before, thinking about what to bring to uni is just added unnecessary stress. I created this list to help minimise that anxiety and stress.

Living away from home is the next step for you to be more independent. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little help, especially at the beginning.

All the essentials you could possibly need are on this list. You can find a free pdf document of all the items listed below here

The Ultimate university packing list

Personal essentials:

  • Passport/ID
  • Bank cards
  • Cash
  • Wallet/Purse/Handbags
  • University related documents (e.g. course or accommodation documents)


Electronic essentials:

  • Phone + charger
  • Computer + charger
  • Battery bank
  • Extension cable
  • Ethernet cable
  • HDD + spare USB sticks
  • Camera + charger
  • Extra camera SD card/Batteries
  • Travel adapters
  • Headphones
  • Calculator


Kitchen essentials:

  • Frying pan (wok) with lid
  • Large stock pot with lid
  • Small saucepan
  • Chopping boards
  • Utility knives
  • Rice cooker
  • Wooden spatula
  • Wooden spoon
  • Colander
  • Plates (small, medium, large)
  • Bowls (small, medium large)
  • Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
  • Hand towels
  • Dishcloths
  • Sponge
  • Washing up liquid
  • Tupperware boxes
  • Clingfilm
  • Baking paper
  • Ziplock clips & bags
  • Oven tray
  • Cups + Glasses
  • Water Bottle
  • Bottle opener


Living/Room essentials:

  • Digital alarm clock
  • Storage boxes (for wardrobe, desk etc.)
  • Pin board pins
  • Mini tool kit + sewing kit
  • Pictures/posters for room
  • Items to decorate room


Laundry + Linen essentials:

  • Drying rack
  • 2 sets of sheets and pillowcases
  • Towels
  • Bath towel (floor mat)
  • Hand towels
  • Pillows
  • Duvet
  • Duvet cover
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover


First aid kit:

  • Paracetamol/Ibuprofen
  • Lemsip
  • Antidiarrheal medicine
  • Constipation tablets
  • Plasters/Bandages
  • Cough drops/cough sweets
  • Allergy tablets


Household essentials:

  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Wet wipes/Dust sheets
  • Tissues (box and pocket)

Bathroom essentials:

  • Shower tote/caddy
  • Bathrobe
  • Flip flops/Slip on shoes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Face cleanser
  • Body wash
  • Body lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Dental floss
  • Moisturiser (body/face)
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Earbuds
  • Makeup + makeup remover
  • Retainer
  • Sanitary products
  • Hair ties
  • Nail varnish
  • Nail varnish remover
  • Cotton pads
  • Sunscreen
  • Hair dryer


Desk essentials:

  • Pens + Eraser
  • Stapler and staples
  • Hole punch
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Post-it notes
  • Paper clips
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil case
  • Ruler
  • Planner
  • Paper
  • Desk lamp + fan



  • Clothes and shoes of your choice
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses + case
  • Glasses + case
  • Glasses cleaner
  • School bag
  • Sports bag
  • Suitcase + locks
  • Jewelry
  • Food
  • Shoehorn
  • Transport card (train, bus etc.)

There you have it. My ultimate packing list for university students. Click here to download a free PDF of this list to print out. You’ll be able to use the PDF to check off everything before you head to your uni.

If you want some inspiration about what you want to achieve from uni, read my post about my personal goals that I’d like to achieve and why.

Lots of love

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