The essential checklist: everything you need at uni
The booze has barely settled in your stomach and already it feels you’ve been glittering at university for a million years. With a roof over your head sorted, the next priority is chatting up the neighbours... still, probably worth checking you can happily scrawl a tick beside all of the below. And look, we might have missed a few things, but these suggestions are just somewhere to start...
- A few passport photos
- A passport or driving license
- National Insurance number
- NHS number
- List of useful contacts (crawl the university website and all info you've been sent.)
- Any other university documents you've been sent... just in case.
Around the house
Obviously, this depends on whether you'll be going self catering or not. But, assuming you are:
- Cutlery - but don't go too mad, you'll only lose it.
- A baking tray
- Washing up liquid
- Bowls and plates
- A corkscrew (you'll be the hero of the evening)
- A bottle opener (ditto...)
- A sharp knife - those onions won't slice themselves...
- Cheese grater. Of course, someone else might have one, but it's always a good idea.
- Tin foil
- Dish cloth
- Oven gloves
There's a lot of stuff here. So long as you weren't too busy polishing your Mac to pack a toothbrush, you'll probably be fine. Figure out what you need by running through a day from start to finish and noting down everything you need. Still, as a decent starting point:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Bath mat
- Toilet roll
- Soap/shower gel
- Shaving soap/cream/gel
- Shampoo and conditioner
Presuming you don't live in your bathroom or kitchen then you'll probably need to pick up a few other bits and pieces. Have you remembered bins? Bin liners?
- Coat hangers
- Dustpan and brush (you'd be surprised how often this will come in handy...)
- Bedding - two sets (so while one is washing, you don't do without)
- A mattress protector - because who knows what happened in this bed last year?! (Sorry...)
- Clothes horse (if you don't have a dryer)
- Laundry bag (a 'bag for life' from a supermarket makes a decent alternative if you wash your clothes regularly enough to avoid a build up)
- Detergent/tabs for the washing machine
- Extension leads -so you can plug in your laptop, phone, hair straighteners etc... make sure it's 'surge protected' or you run the risk of ruining your best gear
- A desk lamp
- A notice board... and some post-its to cover it
- White-tac for your posters; don't mark the walls
- Door stopper. Come on, keep the door open, be friendly. Although not, obviously, if you have company...
- An alarm clock is fairly optional - after all, your phone should cover it. But if you're the kind to forget to pop your mobile on charge, you'll find yourself oversleeping far too often.
Sadly, your education matters a whole lot more than it ever did. The worst part? When you get the end of the term, lecturers don't swap teaching for watching a film. Nightmare.
As well as the all important laptop, you should invest in:
- Pen and paper, for lecture notes (how quaint!)
- A memory stick ...the more you can store, the better. And go for USB 3, if your computer has it, as it really is that much faster.
- A diary. Using one online (Google calendar, for instance) makes the most sense but having it in black and white helps.
- A sturdy bag. Step away from the Prada....we're talking something the army would envy. Make sure it can carry your laptop and your books.
- A printer. Ok, so it may not seem an essential but if you're working at home and have to get the essay in, you're going to curse the bus journey down to the library. It's more convenient and will, over your course, may work out cheaper than paying per sheet at the uni services. Why not split one with a few mates?
- ...oh, and you haven't forgotten your textbooks, have you?!
Have you signed up to the university health service? Registered with your GP? Know the best ways to get over freshers' flu?
Pack up a little first aid kit, consisting of:
- Anti-septic cream
- ...and don't forget the condoms. Though not for the first aid kit, obviously.
Bills and accommodation
Have you sorted your possessions and gadget insurance? It sounds boring -ok, ok it is boring- but it's also essential. When you hit exams with your loan running dry and walk home to find your laptop in the throws of spontaneous combustion, you'll be grateful you invested.
Speaking of insurance, is everything else covered? Car insurance? Or should you be thinking about your motorbike?
And of course, you gorgeous thing, with everyone chasing after your number, be sure to have a phone contract which can handle your dazzling array of social demands.
Got any idea which student bank account you're going with?
Looking for a job this term? Do you know the best ways to land a job?
Home comforts. You'll probably end up missing home, if only a little. Go on, pack your childhood toys. Why would you leave your bestie behind?!
There's only one thing left to buy: duct tape. For fixing anything from a broken bag to a bad bikini wax... or for sticking the weird kid to the wall.
Of course, you can always go off-list but don't go overboard... it's a waste of money and you'll only end up with unused belongings eaten up by dust or 'borrowed' by the flatmate who lives in their room. Make sure you've got all your important documents and some loo roll -never, ever confuse the two- and everything else will fall into place.