What to take to university – Bobatoo’s complete uni checklist
You’ve got the results that you needed and have secured a spot at university – congratulations! But now the hard work starts, and there are few tasks more difficult than packing for your first taste of life away from home.
Luckily for you, Bobatoo has compiled everything you need into one easy-to-read list to make sure that you don’t forget a single thing – from your debit card to your phone charger!
One of the main concerns for first-year university students is adapting to sharing a kitchen with their new flatmates – some things, like kettles and toasters, are often provided and can be shared, while others like cutlery, plates and bowls might not be.
Here are a few uni kitchen essentials that should 100% be on your checklist:
Small cutlery set – make sure you get a set which is distinguishable from other people’s cutlery to make sure you come home with as many knives and forks as you left with! This 16-piece cutlery set is just £9.99 on Amazon.
University cookbook – cooking at university can be difficult, which is why a university cookbook is one of our must-have essentials! Perfect for yourself or as a parting gift for a friend, you can pick one up for just £3 here.
Tupperware – when so much of your time is taken up by studying, sometimes it’s easier to make your meals in bulk. When you do, you’ll need some food storage containers like these to keep your meals tasting fresh.
Scissors – whether you’re cutting chicken or removing the seal from your microwave meal, a pair of scissors will come in handy. This pair on Amazon even doubles up as both a bottle opener and a nut-cracker.
Depending on your accommodation, you may already have some of these things provided for you. If you haven’t found out already, contact your university to find out if there’s anything you should take off – or add – to your uni checklist.
Washbag – perhaps more useful if you are using a shared bathroom, where you can’t keep all of your bathroom utensils littered across the counter. This one from Amazon is available in a range of different colours and can be hung up to better utilise space – and it’s only £7.99!
A desk lamp – you probably won’t have the luxury of a dimmer switch, so a desk lamp is a must for a relaxing evening in front of the telly or reading a book. For just £19.99, this smart-looking lamp is perfect.
Smart clothes – with a bit of luck, you’ll get yourself a bit of work experience while at university and, the chances are, you won’t be allowed to wear your dressing gown. If you know you’ll be looking for an internship, pack some appropriate clothing.
Everyday clothes – the most obvious on this list, yet surprisingly easy to forget. You’ll need clothes to wear to university and while you’re out and about with your new friends. Jeans, t-shirts, jumpers – anything you’d wear on a day-to-day basis.
Laptop – it doesn’t necessarily need to be top-of-the-range (unless your course specifically requires it), but a laptop is perfect for taking notes, typing essays and even watching Netflix during your off-time. This ASUS Cloudbook is just £179.99 on Amazon.
Textbooks – unless you’re able to borrow them from the library, you’ll most likely be expected to buy your own textbooks. Luckily for you, Amazon has a whole category dedicated to university textbooks.
While your main reason for being at university is to work, don’t forget that it is equally as important to give yourself some time off – your work will benefit from it, and so will your mood!
Consider bringing along some of the following:
Games console – this is by no means a must, but you could keep yourself (and your friends) entertained with a games console. You can set up your PlayStation in the kitchen or carry around a portable console like the Nintendo Switch – perfect if you have a long break in-between classes or if you’re on top of all your work.
Books/e-reader – there are few things more relaxing than getting stuck into a good book (that isn’t a university textbook!). Take a few with you, or perhaps invest in an e-read like the Amazon Kindle.
Identification – ideally in the form of a passport or driver’s licence, you will probably need ID to prove you are who you are and – more importantly – you’re as old as you say you are!
Correspondence from your university – bring along your acceptance letter and any documentation related to your course, student loan and accommodation.
Student discount cards – make the most of these for the short time that you’re at university! Be sure to remember any discount cards you’ve purchased, such as an NUS card or 16-25 Railcard.
Keep all of your important documents in one place (perhaps buy a small file) so you know where they are if you need them.
Now you’ve got an extended list of what to take to uni and where to get it all, you should also make sure that you’ve got the right insurance policy in place.
For example, if you plan on using a car while at university, you should get a cheap student car insurance quote here at Bobatoo, while you should also make sure that you have student travel insurance for any holidays you go on – both abroad and in the UK.
Finally, did you know that the average uni student is 3 TIMES as likely to be burgled? To keep your belongings like your laptop, tablet, games console and other expensive items safe at uni, you should consider taking out student contents insurance – while it will not be able to replace any lost work, it will save you from having to pay for a replacement.
And finally, a huge GOOD LUCK from Bobatoo! Make the most of your uni experience and, of course, don’t forget to work hard!