Student Sundays // What to take to University + FREE Checklist


To those of you who are starting at university at the end of Summer…


First of all well done!
Second of all are you packed and ready to go?


This year I am going into my Third and final year at Norwich University of the Arts, however around 2 years ago at this time I started getting really excited about University Haul’s and Shopping around for all my University Essentials. Even though this year I’m only getting the odd item to replace anything that’s broken – definitely not as big as my first-year haul – I thought I would re-write this older What to take to University post as a Student Sunday as I know that it will be helpful for all you university newbies.


Today I’m bringing you a What to take to University post – there’s even a pdf you can save and print for yourself to use – There are some things I haven’t included such as Gender Based Items, Makeup, Clothing etc which are more dependent on the person;


However, these are my basics I would take to university:




These are general essentials whilst at University, and you’ll probably have less luck ‘borrowing and never returning’ a pencil from your coursemates or housemates. I made sure to purchase a cheap Hole Punch & Stapler, as you will find some things will need to put in general folders to hand in whereas essays are stapled or it can all depend on your lecturer’s preference. I’ve also listed WhiteTac and Masking Tape, if you have pictures you want to put up, use WhiteTac on your door or wardrobe or any hard surface that isn’t your wall – as this will leave grease marks will leave you with a deduction from your deposit at the end of the year – likewise if you have fairy lights etc masking tape is great at holding them up however try and keep it out of direct sunlight as again it can ‘sometimes’ remove plaster or leave residue if hot enough. Lastly, a memory stick is essential as you’ll need it to transfer files from your laptop/computer to the ones at the university.



A lot of these items you can share but I suggest having your own as these will serve you in later life when you find your own house. Kettle’s, Toasters and Microwaves tend to come with properties however sometimes you may have to fork out for one in your student home; For this I suggest gathering £5-10 from each tenant – varying on how many are in your household – and buy communal items like the one’s above as well as a mop, broom, washing up liquid, sponges and so on. If you have a food allergy or dietary requirement – vegetarian, pescetarian, vegan, celiac etc – it might be worth mentioning this to your other housemates – although some may be more ignorant of this than others – as well as bringing separate kitchen utensils – you don’t want to be the vegetarian that ends up with meat and it’s fat baked into your oven tray – .



Again some of these items are communal – sponges, bin bags, kitchen and toilet roll, washing up liquid – however, I would keep a couple of items such as cleaning spray, pegs and an airer separate for your own personal use as you will need to keep your own bedroom clean and a batch of washing can easily take up all your airer and possibly a few pegs at one time.



Just for hygiene reasons, I would suggest not going down the communal route on your bathroom items – you may buy an expensive hair conditioner and find one day a housemate has used up half of it or perhaps find using one shower puff between multiple persons is not a good idea – I would suggest buying a set of drawers between you where everyone has their own separate drawer to keep bath essentials in or buying a small basket so you can carry all your items to and from the bathroom easily!



Many of these items are basic but make sure you check with your university halls or landlord what size sheets and duvet you will need for your new bed. Mattress Protectors are always the thing I forget; If your mattress is stained from anything whether it be fake tan or diet cola you will be likely charged for a whole new mattress – that’s hella expensive – Blankets/Throws are perfect for when it comes to those wintery cold miserable days and if you’re a lover of candles – make sure you check with the landlord or university halls if you’re allowed to use them in your room – be careful where you place them, make sure they are on a coaster and with nothing directly above and keep you window slightly open in case its a little smokey and sets of fire alarms. Alternatively, if you’re not allowed candles – boo – then consider a diffuser which gives a lovely scent to the room without the risk of a flame – my favourites are from The White Company & Next –



These are other little pieces which I found I really needed throughout the year; Extension Cables are brilliant for putting next to your desk or bedside table in case you have one too many charges or your power socket doesn’t quite reach where you want it to. When I started at university my mum made me a sewing kit, a first aid kit and a tool kit; throughout the years I’ve come to use all three and finally realised how important it is – as a 5″2 short woman – to learn how to sew especially when clothes need to be taken up or rips come along. For the toolkit, she got my a simple screwdriver with different ends – which were incredibly helpful for undoing battery cases etc – a torch, and some alan keys – I’m going to presume that’s what they’re called – . Most important of all was the first aid kit as this contained plasters, paracetamol, ibuprofen, my own tablets, bite/sting cream & savlon; by the end of the year it became ‘if someone was ill I probably had the medicine for it’.


This is more dependant on what you own however when it came to university I found it was important to own a laptop, a phone, a printer and a camera. Most of these are self-explanatory but at first, I was hesitant to get a printer, but once I got to university and realised how expensive it was to print and how bad quality those expensive prints were, I knew I needed to buy one as it would be way more cost effective and easier.  Mine also has Instant Ink from HP which saves you money on printing – perfect for students – . Make sure to bring a camera to capture all your university memories on as well!


Important Documents

Here it is! The last one! One of the most important things to take with you are your special documents which include your CV – if you want to be able to apply for a part-time job – your acceptance letter and ID -you’ll need these if you want to enrol – your student finance letter – so you can receive money for the year – and all the other bits listed above!


and here’s and extra part…
a list of my favourite shops
for university essentials as well as bits and bobs throughout the year:


 Wilko’s – For general supplies – they also tend to have university essentials around this time of year too –
Dunelm – For towels and discounted bathroom items
Asda – For general bedroom items – bedding, cushions etc – and cheap yankee candles
Primark – For decorations, bedding and candles
Apple – Student deals on unidays for laptops/iMacs
Endsleigh – Student insurance
Ikea – For general storage and kitchen essentials
Paperchase – All things stationary! Art, cards and wrapping paper too
WHSmiths – Stationary and Books


Anna xo


    • FarewellMay
      August 28, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      Glad it helped! Make sure you check out the rest of my Student Sunday’s Series here :

      Student Sundays are a series of advice post’s perfect for veterans to university and newbie first years in particular! I do one every Sunday and this Sunday’s post is a ‘What to Take to Uni’ with a free checklist so make sure you check out that one!

      I also do poll’s on Twitter to decide what the next subject to talk about will be, so YOU can help decide the next Student Sunday! 🙂 x

    • FarewellMay
      September 1, 2016 / 10:08 am

      thankyou! 🙂 x

  1. August 31, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    I love the layout of this post and that you created a PDF as well! That is so helpful and thoughtful! 🙂

    • FarewellMay
      September 3, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Thankyou! 🙂 x

  2. August 31, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Omg makes me want to go back to school or go to uni just to have an excuse to buy stationary! love this, great post!

    • FarewellMay
      September 10, 2016 / 4:11 pm

      Any excuse to buy stationary! haha! x

  3. Kimberley jessica
    August 31, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Love this!

    I hope you have a lovely time!

    • FarewellMay
      September 3, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Thank God it’s my third and final year! :L x

  4. August 31, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Great post! I wish I was this organised when I went to uni, I just took the basics with me, and just borrowed/acquired things along the way 🙈

    • FarewellMay
      September 3, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      That’s probably the purse friendly way! 🙂 I couldn’t stand always having to ask to borrow something though :L x

  5. August 31, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    It’s great you’ve included a checklist, that would be super handy for anyone who needs to be super organised… like me haha.

    Jordanne ||

    • FarewellMay
      September 3, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      Thank you, well hopefully it’s helpful to a few first years here and there! 🙂 x

    • FarewellMay
      September 3, 2016 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 x

  6. Not Perfect Catholic
    August 31, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    I wish I had read something like this when I went off to Uni. Will be passing on to some of my younger colleagues as it is great advice

    • FarewellMay
      September 3, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      That’s exactly what I was thinking when writing this post! Thankyou! If they find it helpful, make sure they check out the rest of the Student Sundays Series too 🙂 x

  7. August 31, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Loved this post! I’m going back to uni this year, so this really helped!

    • FarewellMay
      September 3, 2016 / 10:48 pm

      Glad it helped lovely! 🙂 x

  8. August 31, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    I could have used this for my 1st year last year! Will be so useful for freshers :). I might take a trip to Dunelm Mill for some new sheets though. Also love your theme, which Pipdig theme is this? Jess x

    • FarewellMay
      September 3, 2016 / 10:50 pm

      Still useful to me now when I need to replace things :L Primark’s good for sheets too! Thank you, It’s Equinox lovely 🙂 x

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