University & Freshers Checklist

You got your results, confirmed your place, and you’re in! Or you might have boxed off a year or two of Uni, you’re at the end of your summer hols, and you need to get ready to start the new academic year, and this year matters for you, so you want to make it easy.

You’re probably here though, because you don’t have a clue what you even need to take! Whether you’re looking forward to freshers week, or moving into a later year, you’re bound to forget things. We’ve got it all figured out for you though so no stress. Read on for a checklist of everything you need to take to Uni, from daily essentials, to extras that make your new house feel like a home.

The Definitive Uni Checklist

Mobile Phone

Laptop & Case


Printers & Ink


TV or Projector

USB Stick


Games Console

USB TV Stick

Chargers & Extension Cables

  • Clothes for Uni
  • Chill Clothes & Loungewear
  • Clothes for Nights Out
  • Sportswear & Gym Clothes
  • Winterwear & Summerwear
  • Footwear
  • Pyjamas, Underwear & Socks
  • Slippers
  • Tableware: Plates, Bowls, Cups, Glasses & Cutlery
  • Utensils & Knives
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Chopping Board
  • Frying Pan
  • Saucepan
  • Baking Tray & Oven Proof Dish
  • Tin Opener & Corkscrew
  • Colander & Sieve
  • Grater
  • Tea Towels & Dish Cloths
  • Recipe Books
  • Bedding: Duvet, Pillows, Mattress Topper & Bedlinen
  • Blanket & Cushions
  • Clothes hangers
  • Photos or trinkets to personalise your room
  • Laundry basket and washing powder
  • Adaptors and extension cords
  • Houseplants
  • Towels
  • Dressing gown
  • Soap & Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush, Hair Dryer & Straighteners
  • Toiletries
  • Beauty & Makeup
  • ID: Passport & Driving Lisence
  • University Documents & Acceptance Letter
  • Student Finance Documents
  • Accommodation Documents
  • Scholarship & Bursary Documents
  • National Insurance Card / Number
  • Insurance Documents
  • Debit Card & Credit Card
  • Student Discount Cards
  • Student Railcard
  • NHS Number
  • Notebooks 
  • Pens & Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Stapler & Holepunch
  • Folders
  • Sticky Notes

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Student Life Essentials

Starting university and living that freshers student life will define your entrance into adulthood. You’re first time as an independent adult! You need the essentials, some of which we have listed in this article, but you also need a few home comforts. Help yourself feel at home away from home. You’ll also need some fun things to keep you going through the year in your down time. We’ve pulled out a handful of essentials to make sure life at Uni is everything you had hoped it would be.

Student Board Games

Laptops & Tech

You might already have tech sorted for Uni, but if you’re thinking it’s time for an upgrade, before you start would be an ideal time. You’re going to spend your life slumped over your laptop wondering what to write for the next 10,000 words, or when you’re done with that, you’ll naturally scroll TikTok till your head falls off. Either way, when the going gets tough you need the best tech to get the tough going.

Best Student Laptops & Tablets

A good student laptop should be right at the top of your list of things to get for Uni. With so many laptops to choose, and so many specifications to consider, it’s all a bit much to be honest. So we did the hard work and found our Top 3 Best Laptops for Students for each budget.

If you’re after something a little bit more flexible, maybe consider a tablet. Tablets are super lightweight, great for watching movies in bed, but can also attach keyboards for essay writing, and with cameras built in they are perfect for Facetime sessions with your family and friends.

Need more inspiration? Check out our run down of the best laptops for students.

More Essential Student Tech

Best Speakers for Students

Bedroom & Bathroom Essentials

Your new home: your halls of residence dorm room or your bedroom in your new house share, it’s time to make it yours. Personalise it with decorations. Craft the perfect chill zone after a hard days graft trying to keep yourself awake in the library. You’ll also need to stock up on bathroom essentials. You’ve probably got a good idea of what you need to keep you feeling fine, fresh and dandy. It’s worth having a quick check of your inventory for what might already be included in your room so you don’t double up.

House Plants For Students

Kitchen Essentials

Figuring out the right kit you need for your kitchen can be a tough one. What do I need? What should I buy that will last my time at Uni? It’s worth checking the inventory of your new halls or house share to see what’s included, and piece together whatever else you need to fill in the gaps. Have a nose through the cupboards and drawers at home to help give yourself an idea of what you think you’ll need. We put together a list of student kitchen essentials that will have you kitted out, check ’em out below. For a thorough breakdown on everything you will need for your uni kitchen, check out our Student Kitchen Essentials Checklist.

Student Kitchen Electricals

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