Back to uni checklist

30th September 2021

Off to university? You might already have an extensive shopping list and packed your favourite teddy (no judgements here!) – but be sure to check you have packed those all-important key items using our list of essentials.

Bookmark this page so you can double check you haven’t left home without something important.

Important Documents

  • Passport photos
  • Passport or driving licence
  • NHS number
  • National Insurance number
  • Doctor and dentist details
  • University documents
  • 16-25 Railcard
  • Student Finance documents
  • Accommodation contract

Electrical Items

  • Power extension lead
  • Mobile phone
  • Laptop
  • Headphones
  • Device chargers
  • Ethernet cable
  • Hairdryer and hair styling tools
  • Bedside lamp

Kitchen Items

  • Bowls and plates
  • Cutlery
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Bottle and tin opener, corkscrew all-in-one
  • Pots and pans
  • Knife set
  • Chopping board
  • Tea Towels
  • Oven Gloves
  • Dishcloths/sponges
  • Foil and cling film
  • Cleaning products

Bedroom Items

  • Bedding
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket

Clothing Items

  • Clothes and shoes for lectures
  • Clothes and shoes for nights out
  • Hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses
  • Nightwear, loungewear and slippers

Bathroom Items

  • Towels - various sizes
  • Hand soap
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Multi-surface cleaner
  • Shower shoes/flip-flops
  • Nail clippers
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sanitary products
  • Razors and shaving cream

Miscellaneous Items

  • Medication
  • Paracetamol
  • Cold & flu medicine
  • Plasters/First Aid kit
  • Antiseptic cream/wipes
  • Umbrella

Reading this a little too late?

Don’t panic. For some items, you may find it easier to buy when you’re there. And don’t forget, you can always use your Railcard to save yourself 1/3 off a trip back home, and maybe even get your laundry done while you’re at it…

Tell your family to save too

If you’re planning on showing your family around your new town, lure them into paying you a visit using a Two Together or Family & Friends Railcard. As a Railcard holder, they’ll also benefit from discounted leisure rates at IHG® Hotels & Resorts. Winning!