What to bring
There are a number of things to remember when beginning university so here’s a handy checklist of things to bring:
- Stationery – pens, highlighters, notebooks, folders and post-it notes will all come in handy to keep your notes organised
- Laptop or notebook – remember your assignments will need to be typed up so it’s worth the investment
- USB stick – these are particularly useful when working on a university computer in the library and you can keep your work organised in one place. Memory sticks can also be a good way of backing your work up for those just in case moments!
- Reading list – you will get your reading list before you start so try to be prepared and read more than just the first page!
- A sturdy backpack – when heading to the library to gather books for your assignments you may come out with more books than you can carry. It’s best to invest in a good backpack to carry all you need without feeling like you’re having a gym workout
- A diary or wall calendar – it’s helpful to have a visual reminder of those all important dates – including deadlines, tutorials and even your parents’ birthdays!
- ID – you will need to bring some form of ID for when you start university – whether that’s a driving licence or a passport. It’s also a good idea to photocopy these too!
- An open mind – university is a great chance to learn new things and broaden your thinking so be sure to come with an open mind and embrace the experience
If you live in halls
There are a number of things that you will need when moving away from home for the first time, these may include:
- Bedding – including quilt, sheets, pillows, etc. (Small double, single or double size duvets can be used for the beds in the deluxe/ en-suite bedrooms or flats or hire a bedding pack for £25 each from the Housekeeping department with £15 being refunded when the bedding pack is returned in good condition
- Clothes for all seasons plus smart wear – just in case you want to apply for a job or voluntary work but remember, you might not have as much room as you have at home so be sensible in what you take
- Coat hangers
- Padlock for fitted security box (halls apart from Cofton)
- Extension lead
- Door stop – having an open bedroom door is a great way to make new friends within your flat
- Kitchen items – try to speak with your flatmates beforehand and see if there’s a way you can share; nobody needs 100 Tupperware boxes in a flat. Think about what you’re likely to cook and what utensils you need for those meals; you’ll discover utensils that you never knew existed and then convince yourself you might need it – if you’ve never used an avocado slicer before then you probably don’t need one! You will need cutlery, crockery and saucepans.
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Portable TV Aerial
- Basic food shop – to save room in the car you can get these items when you arrive from a local supermarket, however, staple things to buy might include salt and pepper, sauces – including ketchup and mayo as well as pasta and curry sauces, tins of beans/spaghetti, packet foods such pasta, noodles and rice, foil, cling film, bin bags, cereal, cooking oil
- Recipes – ask your family members or friends to teach you a few of their favourite recipes before you move into halls so you have some go-to meals. You can even offer to cook for your flatmates as a way for everyone to get to know each other
- Chargers for your laptop, phone and camera
- Cleaning items – having a tidy room may surprisingly make you more productive!
- Home comforts – try to make your room as homely as possible
- Photos – there’s nothing better to brighten your room and it’s a good talking point to tell people about the holiday you’ve just been on – please bring white tack or drawing pins to affix items to your notice board but not blu tack.
View our Accommodation page for further details on living in halls.