September is just around the corner and with it comes the start of the new academic year. For some, this means a return to university for year two or three of their degree. For others, it is the start of a brand-new uni adventure.
If you are heading off to university soon, the chances are you’re currently worrying about what to take with you. After all, the majority of students have only lived at home until now.
As a student letting agent with many years of experience, we decided to put a packing list together for new students, to make life easier when it comes to gathering your belongings and heading off to your new town or city.
We’ve split the list up into handy sections. As everyone’s living situation will be a little different, you may not need everything on the lists below, but at least you won’t forget it if it’s on there as an option!
If you’re moving into a house share, make sure to chat with your housemates soon and sort out who is bringing what — especially when it comes to kitchen equipment.
You may be tempted to treat yourself to a bunch of new clothes before you start your degree, but we’d recommend not doing that, as fashion and your tastes will change while you’re a student — even throughout the first year. Instead, consider packing the below and adding to your wardrobe as and when you want to:
What you need for your student bathroom will vary depending on if you have a bathroom to yourself or share it with others, but bear the below in mind:
Before you start packing for your student bedroom, check what is provided by the university or landlord. You don’t want to waste your money on multiples you didn’t need! Next, consider the below:
If you’re living in halls, you may only require kitchen basics. However, if you’re moving into a house share, you’ll need most of the below items. Before you start collecting these things, speak to your housemates, and agree on who is bringing what — you don’t want to end up with five graters!
Depending on the course you are taking, there may be items you need to purchase in advance. These could include textbooks, specific clothing, a calculator, a dictionary, and so on.
Study essentials, depending on your favoured study methods, might include:
In addition to all of the above, we’d recommend taking a few food and drink essentials with you too before you do your first ‘big shop’, such as tea bags, coffee, milk, sugar, bread, pasta and pasta sauce.
Happy packing! We wish you a fantastic first year at university. Keep an eye on our student blog for loads of handy hints and tips for uni life. If you find yourself needing a student house in Leeds, check out our selection at any time of day or night, or drop in for a chat with our experts.