If you are moving into self-catered halls, catered halls or a student house/flat then there are always essentials you should be taking with you. This guide should help you remember all those things which you may have forgotten to take. There are fewer essentials for catered halls as you will have food provided for you so sauce pans and cooking utensils are not so much a requirement.

Catered Accommodation Essentials

If your moving into catered accommodation in September remember to take all or most of the following items with you! Obviously don’t forget your student ID, wallet, debit card, cheque book, young persons railcard, driving licence/passport and any other registration documents or documents about reading lists or your course etc.


  • Duvet, with a spare duvet cover.
  • Pillows, with a spare set of pillow cases.
  • Mattress Blanket (fitted sheet)
  • A thick bed cover for winter, or a hot water bottle, or an electric blanket (Or all three!)

Desktop and Stationery

  • Laptop or computer
  • Multi-socket (Very important if you have more than a couple things that will need plugging in!)
  • Mobile phone and charger.
  • Pads of A4 paper.
  • Well equipped pencil case. (Ruler, Pencils, Scissors, Pencil Sharpener, Pen, Spare Ink, Calculator etc.)
  • USB Stick
  • Printer (if you print a lot it’s worth bringing your own, but it’s not a requirement.)
  • Course textbooks (if you have already been told what to get)
  • Alarm Clock (so you don’t miss your lectures)
  • Watch (as above!)
  • TV? (TV Licence if you decide to take one) Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 and related games.
  • Desk Lamp
  • Hole Punch
  • Stapler
  • Paper Clips
  • Folders or Ring Binders to place work in.
  • Piggy Bank, or similar item to store your spare change in!
  • A Door Stop, most Hall doors are fire doors, so if you want to appear friendly and have your door open you will probably need one! (About a £1 maximum in most hardware shops)
  • Some “Over Door Hooks” these are hooks that don’t cause damage to the door either via nails or adhesive, if your hall door doesn’t come with any they will be useful for hanging wet towels and coats on.
  • More stationery ideas can be found in our stationery article.


  • 2x sets of cutlery
  • 2x plates
  • 2x bowls
  • 2x mugs
  • A Sandwich maker or similar item if you enjoy that kind of thing.
  • Bottle of washing up liquid.
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle Opener

Wash Bag

  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel
  • Flannel
  • 2x Towels
  • Bar of Soap or Liquid Soap.
  • Nail Clipper
  • Hair Brush
  • Razor (and spare blades unless you use disposables)
  • Shaving Gel
  • Aftershave
  • Deodorant
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hair Straightener/Curler
  • Other Girl Related Wash Bag Items…

First Aid Items

  • Plasters
  • Paracetamol
  • Prescription Medication
  • Condoms, other contraceptive methods.
  • Painkillers, Hay Fever tablets etc.
  • Throat Sweets.
  • Lemsip


The further north your university is the more warm clothing you should take!

  • Loads of T-shirts
  • Loads of hangers to hang everything on!
  • A few pairs of jeans
  • A non-jeans pair of trousers
  • A ball outfit, suit or dinner jacket
  • Loads of socks and underwear.
  • Gloves
  • Warm Jacket or Fleece
  • Rain Coat
  • Jumpers and or a Hoodie
  • Dressing Gown
  • A few pairs of pyjamas.
  • Two or 3 pairs of shoes and trainers.
  • Flip-Flops?
  • Swimming Trunks

Other Optional Items and Misc

  • Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Washing Powder
  • Air Freshener
  • Fancy Dress accessories.
  • Books, DVDs, MP3 players etc.
  • Webcam for Skyping.
  • Pins if you have a notice board in your room.
  • Shaving mirror if you don’t have a mirror near your shaving sink.
  • Some sink cleaning products.
  • Alcohol!
  • Umbrella
  • Tissues
  • Torch
  • Ruck Sack
  • Board Games
  • A Pack of Cards
  • Door Stop

Warning: If you are thinking of taking a mini-fridge beware, some university halls do not allow them, make sure you check this out before buying one!

Remember you are being cooked for so technically you don’t really need any cooking equipment like pans or pots! However it may well be worth taking a pot to cook pasta in just in case you miss dinner, get hungry or want to have lunch! some catered halls do not cook you lunch, or weekend food, make sure you know if your hall does not before going! If it doesn’t then consider taking a small selection of the items in our self catered halls.


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