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Packing essentials - student halls edition

By Halls 09 Aug 2022

Now you've got your place at university, it's time to start thinking about what you'll have to pack.

But it can be a bit difficult to remember every little thing you might need whilst you're away from home. That's why we've made a super-useful list of all the things you're definitely going to want to remember, and some optional items thrown in too! 


  • Passport
  • ID
  • University acceptance letters
  • Insurance documents
  • Bank debit cards
  • Student discount cards
  • NHS number - to register with a GP

Electrical items

  • Mobile phone
  • Laptop
  • USB memory stick
  • Extension lead
  • Headphones
  • Speakers
  • Chargers
  • Batteries

Kitchen items

When you move in remember there could be as many as 11 people sharing a flat, it might be best to wait until you arrive and all chip in to buy pans etc to save you cupboard space instead of and all bring 5 pans each.

There are some things on here that you might not necessarily need, so don't panic if you don't have cupboards resembling Gordon Ramsay's! 

  • Student recipe book
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Utensils
  • Tupperware
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen knives
  • Chopping board
  • Baking trays
  • Oven proof dish
  • Grater
  • Peeler
  • Tin opener
  • Colander/ sieve
  • Washing up liquid
  • Sponges
  • Tea towels
  • Cling film
  • Tin foil


  • Duvet
  • Pillows
  • Bedding
  • Mattress protector
  • Coat hungers
  • Laundry basket
  • Mirror
  • Clothes horse
  • Storage boxes


  • Hand towel
  • Bath towel
  • Bath mat
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, shampoo etc)
  • Flip flops
  • Hair accessories


  • T-shirts
  • Tops
  • Jumpers
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Trousers/ jeans
  • Joggers
  • Loungewear
  • Dresses
  • Winter coat
  • Underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Shoes
  • Dressing gown


  • Jewellery
  • Stationery
  • Weekend bag
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hot water bottle
  • Plasters
  • Sewing kit
  • Medicine

There are also things that you CAN'T bring to uni:

  • Chip fryers or rice cookers
  • Candles, incense sticks, tea lights
  • Smoking equipment, such as pipes and ashtrays
  • Dartboards or weapons of any kind (real or replicas - don't bring them!)

Don't worry if you don't have everything you need before you come to university, you can always pick some stuff up whilst you're here. You can also order some kits now from UniKitOut which will be delivered and ready for you when you move in. Use the discount code LSE10 for 10% off!