You’ve probably come to this guide because you’ve aced your A-Level exams and been accepted to university, but you’ve just realised your first uni assignment is due. Ow, you do not have any extra time in your hands to devote to packing, you are likely to miss on on a lot of stuff!
Fortunately for you, we’ve already done most of the legwork. We’ve even written the first draught right here! You’ll probably only be needing to make a few minor adjustments based on your specific requirements.
Make a list of things you’ll need a few weeks ahead of time, and keep track of what you use during that period. It’s possible that your list will change. Don’t simply be functional; include something that makes you think of home.
It’s also crucial to bring the required paperwork. This varies by university and registration procedures, but bring your university acceptance letter, housing documentation if moving into Nottingham student accommodation halls, student financing documents, and some kind of acceptable identification, such as a passport or driver’s licence. You’ll also require a letter or document mentioning the address of your address on it, as this may be essential to register with a local general practitioner.
The majority of students live in student housing for the first year of their studies. Because you’ll be spending time in your room sleeping and studying, it should be a relaxing environment. Pictures of family and friends, posters, or your favourite bedding and cushions can all be used to decorate.
Don’t be concerned if you’ve forgotten something. The majority of items can be purchased in neighbouring stores or picked up from home at a later time.
- Cover for duvet
- Cases for pillows
- Sheets for the bed
- Protector for your mattress
- Hangers for coats
- Basket for laundry
- Fan for the desk
- Safe of a small size
- Friends and family photos
Be mindful that your room can be smaller than your home bedroom, so check the university’s website to see how much space you’ll have. Because you’ll most likely have a desk, bed, and chair, don’t pack anything you won’t use.
Your room may be a haven from the stresses of university life, but it’s also a fantastic time to bring friends over and get to know the people you’ll be sharing it with – especially during freshers’ week. It’s a great idea to have a few extra mugs and some biscuits on hand.
Instead of having six toasters, most halls come equipped with all of the cooking equipment you’ll need. Check what’s there before you arrive and split the cost of any extra things among your flatmates.
Check your accommodation’s restrictions, as some do not allow rice cookers or deep fat fryers. Ensure that all electrical equipment has passed a PAT test or that they are less than two years old.
Some institutions may also allow you to order bedding and cooking supplies ahead of time. These packages may be waiting for you in your room when you arrive.
Because space in your room and kitchen is likely to be limited, examine the value of each item. In general, you’ll require the following:
- a chopping board and knives
- pots and pans, as well as a frying pan
- plates and bowls for baking (microwavable ones are a good idea)
- utensils, glasses, and mugs
- bottle opener and corkscrew
- a can opener
- cling film, vegetable peeler, measuring jug, grater
- Tea towels, dishcloths, and a cookbook for students.
- If you’re bringing your own culinary equipment, ensure that everything is labelled if there are any questions about who owns what.
Because shared library resources are frequently overloaded, having your own laptop will make your work and studying much easier. This is an investment that will allow you to keep your learning mobile, allowing you to work from anywhere. It can also eliminate the need to bring a television by allowing you to watch your favourite shows online. You will, however, require a TV licence if you bring one.
While conventional products like a docking station, games console, and beauty devices like hair dryers should be fine, other items like electric blankets, electric scooters, and heaters may be regarded as a fire risk and aren’t allowed.
Consider purchasing an Ethernet cable to improve the reliability of your internet connection. This links your laptop to a modem or router for a stable internet connection.
Backing up your work with a portable hard drive is also a good idea, and they don’t take up huge space in your suitcase.
Make sure you have all of the chargers you’ll need (a replacement for your phone will come in handy if you lose the original) and a few memory sticks with you.
Youll need to bring study supplies like stationery that would typically include the following:
- Pencils and pens
- Pencil case
- Staples and a stapler
- A4 or A5 paper pad
- Planner for students
- Folders for storing documents
- White tack printer paper
- Sticky notes
- Textbooks for classes
Things you would not be needing.
The majority of basic furniture will be provided in the halls, eliminating the need for a trip to IKEA.
Make every effort to travel as light as possible. Items like a diary or calculator may be unnecessary now that most smartphones are jam-packed with apps and organisational capabilities. You can also get away with it if you don’t:
- A refrigerator, freezer, and kettle are examples of kitchen equipment.
- A printer – you’ll most likely be able to use one in your university department or library if you need one.
- a car – because parking places may be restricted, and this is normally a cost you may avoid
- Large luggage is difficult to keep, and boxes are a better option for storing your belongings.
- Your old study books – reading lists will be distributed at the beginning of the semester.
- Most student housing prohibits pets of any kind, so you’ll have to leave them at home.
Remember to use these ‘what to take’ lists as a reference and mark off the most relevant and pertinent items to you.
Transporting your luggage
Make sure your items are sorted into manageable portions before packing. Although there may be trolleys and lifts to help you move in, they may be crowded, and you may have to carry your belongings upstairs. It’s also a good idea to bring a few extra hands.
The persons that will normally assist you in moving are your parents, other family members, and friends. On the other hand, student luggage shipping services will bring your possessions to your student apartment in time for your arrival for a price. The cost of this moving service may be determined by the number of boxes you’ll be transporting.
See if you need to arrange an arrival slot at your university and make sure you come on time. Also, see how many people you’ll need to help you move in. In view of the pandemic, several universities have set a limit on the number of persons you can bring with you.
Looking after your belongings
When you initially start university, you’ll be focused on all of the wonderful elements of the transition, such as meeting new people, seeing new places, and having new experiences. However, especially if you live in shared housing, you must be concerned about the protection of your valuables.
The following are some security suggestions:
- Even if it’s only a matter of a few minutes, don’t leave your room unlocked.
- Allow no one into your room who you don’t know, and don’t leave them alone.’
- When you’re out and about, never leave the windows open.
- Keep your curtains closed when you’re out if your room faces a public location.
- Don’t display valuable objects; instead, store them in a drawer or cupboard.
- Take out the essential insurance for your belongings – you can do this by using a price comparison website.
Basic insurance for your things may be included in your university housing. If this is the case, and you have any high-tech or pricey equipment, you’ll want to double-check the coverage given.
You can also keep in mind the following precautions to keep your belongings safe:
- In a metal security file box, keep copies of contents, insurance paperwork and warranties.
- Ensuring you know who to call if something goes wrong – student support and residential services, for example, are available to assist with university-related difficulties. Your accommodation wardens will be able to advise you on things concerning your residence, such as any issues you may have with your flatmates or provide pastoral care if you are homesick.
- Keeping a list of contact numbers separate from your phone – for example, family, friends, your bank or card provider, mobile phone network, and your university’s student support service – so that you can still reach people if you lose the electronic list.
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Anannya Chaudhary is a content writer living in Delhi. As soon as the clock strikes the completion of the last working hour of her office shift, you will find her on the way to her favourite food joint, brimming with joy and excitement to devour a plate of her all-time favourite, chicken momos. When going gets rough, you will find her falling back to her old and trustee companion, ‘The Diary of a Wimpy Kid,’ to reboot. You could classify her as that one designated annoying friend who makes you cry if you resist them dragging you to the dance floor.