What to bring

Many of you are leaving home for the first time, and it's pretty easy to get carried away and bring everything bar the kitchen sink! So we've put together this guide to make it easier, so you only bring what you really need to feel at home - we agree with the advice from housekeeping - "try not to bring too much crap!"

The Priorities

Where will you be staying? Are you living in University halls of residence, on-campus, off-campus, shared house, on your own? All these places have different facilities so find out well in advance what is included and supplied in your room. The following list assumes that you'll only find furniture and white goods (fridge, oven, etc) when you arrive.

Click here to print a hard copy of the Freshers' Packing List


  • Pillow/s and pillow cases

  • Duvet or quilt and covers

  • Bed sheet/s


  • Day-to-day wear
    Prepare for every type of weather: hot, cold and wet. This is England after all!

  • Clothes for sports/societies/volunteering
    Have a look if there are any sports clubs or societies you're interested in joining before you arrive. Think football boots, trainers, Harry Potter cloak, etc.
  • Going out clothes
    To be honest most events and venues for students are pretty casual but it's always worth having a nice dress or shirt in the wardrobe for special occasions. It's not worth bringing a tuxedo or party dress as the only formal events we hold are Sports Federation Dinner and Summer Ball both of which occur later in the year. Fancy dress is big, for some reason especially animals during Freshers, so maybe bring that tiger onesie!
  • Clothes hangers
    These are not supplied in your wardrobe and you'll want to avoid having your clothes just dumped in the corner.


  • Bathroom towels (dressing gown optional!)
  • Bath/shower mat
  • Flip flops - if you're sharing a bathroom you may prefer to wear flip-flops
  • Toiletries e.g. toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant etc. Shared bathroom? Be warned, toothpaste and shampoo will get used by other housemates if you leave them in the bathroom!


  • Cutlery
    Everyone in your house/flat/halls will likely bring a full set of cutlery so just buy a cheap set, as teaspoons and forks in particular always go missing.
  • Crockery
    Don't buy a full set, just a couple of plates, bowls, glasses and mugs will do.
  • Utensils
    E.g. Sharp knife, peeler, can opener, spatula, wooden spoon, bottle opener
  • Cookware
    E.g. Frying pan, saucepan, oven tray, colander, grater, chopping board. Most supermarkets do a value range so don't spent a lot.
  • Cleaning
    E.g. Dishcloths and/or brush and dishwashing liquid, kitchen and bathroom spray cleaners, non-scratch scourer pad and oven cleaner, tea towels and oven cloth, laundry detergent and fabric softner, toilet cleaner (toilet brushes are provided). Buy limescale resisting products as we're in a hard water area and just bring enough to get started!
  • Laundry basket/sack - strong enough to transport heavy wet clothes to and from the laundry room. Clothes airers aren't recommended as they can block corridors and fire exits. You can't dry stuff on radiators, so use the tumble dryers.
  • Storage
    Plastic containers for keeping leftovers will help you to avoid wasting food and money. Clingfilm, foil and sandwich/freezer bags are also useful for storing food. Bring a Sharpie to mark your name on these too to avoid your leftovers getting eaten by others ;)


  • Backpack or similar
    If you're going to the library, etc then it's great to have a bag to keep your books in.
  • Stationery
    Don’t bring too much with you unless you need specific items for your course. The campus bookshop sells most stationery items.
  • Course books
    You may have been given a list of books for your course which you can buy before you get here, but all books are in stock in the library so you should be able to loan them out free of charge.

Freshers Week

  • Money
    Most events are free but it's important that you bring some money with you so that you don't miss out on opportunities to make friends and get involved.

The Optionals

So now you know what you need, but what about life's little luxuries? Be tough on what you really can't live without.


  • Computer/laptop
    Very useful for work and entertainment but don't worry if you don't have one! There are computer rooms scattered all over campus, hot desks, plus iBorrow's, the laptop borrowing scheme. There is also wifi around campus so you can surf the web from your phone without using your data limit.
  • Television
    Definitely not essential, especially as you can stream so much or watch on-demand. If you do bring a TV check whether you need to pay for a TV license, ignorance is not an excuse!
  • Playstation/Xbox/etc
    Pros: Good icebreakers if you have multi-player games. Cons: Detrimental to your studying if you’re prone to distraction.

Household items

  • Iron and Ironing board
    Do you really need to iron? If you put your clothes on hangers straight after washing and tumble drying then you can get away without ironing most of the time! Most halls of residence do have an ironing board provided so it's often worth waiting to see what is at your accommodation before bringing an iron.


  • Bicycles
    There are plenty of bike racks on campus. However even a bike is not essential, most departments and accommodation are within walking distance. Always lock your bike with a D-lock or two and insure your bike against theft along with all of your other valuables.
  • Cars
    Definitely not essential and often discouraged due limited parking space and risk of damage/theft. Dump the car and save on petrol, insurance, tax and also get a boost to your fitness regime!
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