University is the most fun but nerving experience. Especially if you’ve ever lived alone it’s more than likely going to worry you for weeks. What do you need to take? Well by now I can assume you’ve read years worth of Freshers week guides and shopping lists. However, take it from a recent graduate and soon to be masters student, you don’t need to take everything including the kitchen sink to last you through your degree. Here’s my list of things to pack and purchase to be prepared for you time as a newly found fresher.
Remember before you begin o pack check your accommodation for the appliances that they supply, you don’t want to turn up on moving day and find all 8 of you have a kettle and toaster. Not necessary and a waste of money especially since a lot of the time you’ll be provided this in the communicable areas.
Reminder: YOU CAN PURCHASE THESE THINGS ONLINE AND IN STORE WHEN YOU ARRIVE. You’re not moving to the middle of the sea. Get the basics and buy what you need.
The most important and worrying for me was to know what to pack kitchen wise. It’s hard to prepare for every single meal you’ll ever make for the whole year. I’ll continue to repeat this, so just take the basics.
- 4 pieces of cutlery.
- 2 dishes.
- 2 plates.
- 2 glasses.
- 2 mugs.
- Bottle opener.
- 2 sharp cutting knives.
- chopping board.
- Baking tray.
- 2 sauce pans.
- 1 frying pan or wok. Both are useful but can be used. No need for both.
- Tin opener.
These things will get you buy for several weeks and anything extra buy from amazon or your local wilko.
If you don’t need too, don’t take everything. You honestly don’t need to take every book you’ve ever read or ever film you may watch eventually.
- Printer – isn’t necessary as the universities have their own, although it is useful.
- 2.5 weeks worth of clothes. You don’t need more than that, washing machines are a wonderful invention.
- Lots and lots of underwear – I bought extra because you lose these in washing machines, things get old and tear. Buy them whilst you have the money.
- 4 towels – again, useful.
- Glasses (if needed).
- Makeup and other beauty tools (straighteners, hair drier, tooth brush).
- Photo graphs. They’re nice to make a room feel a little more comforting.
- Posters – walls look lonely.
Anything necessary you see fit. Again, you don’t need to take your whole bedroom.
- Bedding x 3
- Bath mat.
- Some books.
- A TV may come in use with an console if wanted but remember, you have to pay for your own TV License (see your accommodation pack for more information).
- Stationary – you will need this! A lot of it. I totally recommend the wilko budget brand, don’t break the bank. You will run through a lot and lose plenty.
I totally recommend doing a food shop when you arrrive instead of buying before you set off. We don’t live in the Stone Age, there will be supermarkets available.