Getting ready

What you do, and don’t need, to bring to Uni

Leave the spatula at home, there are much more useful things to bring!

Packing for uni can seem daunting, especially when you are unsure of what you might need. You fear you’ll forget something important or you may find you get to the end of your first year and question why you thought it was a good idea to bring the potato masher with you. 

Here are some ideas of what to bring, and what not to bring, when you start university.

DO bring…

Important Documents

Passport, drivers license, banking and university documents. These are all things you will need when registering for uni, setting up your bank account and checking into halls. Pop it all in a folder together so it’s only one thing overall you need to remember and keeps everything safe in one place.

DON'T bring…

Your super bassy speakers

Halls, and your flatmates, will not thank you. Headphones are your friends! A small bluetooth speaker for pre-drinks is just fine.

DO bring…

Earplugs or Headphones

For those who perhaps don’t listen to the speaker tip (there's always one). 


DON’T bring…

Your entire kitchen

Depending on which halls you’ll be in, depends on just how much kitchen equipment you will need. If you're in halls, you do not need to bring a kettle, a toaster or a microwave - they will already be there for you! 

For any accommodation, the best things to bring are: 

  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Cutlery 
  • Your favourite mug

If you are moving into a house, speak with your housemates before you move in so that you don't have multiple kitchen utensils. Or, decide to all chip in and head to the shops together to pick up essentials when you arrive.

DO bring…

Extension cables (with surge protection)

When you have to plug in your phone, your laptop, your hairdryer, your TV, your… you get my drift. You’ll run out of plug sockets pretty quick, and you’ll find they are not always in the most convenient places. Stock up on one or two for all your charging needs.

DON’T bring…

The whole of your wardrobe

If there is one thing student rooms are not known for, its space. And although it is tempting to bring every item of clothing you own (no you do not need that t-shirt you haven’t worn in five years), you just will not have space for it all. 

Think about the seasons - you’ll need a few warmer pieces for the end of September, things to layer for the autumn months and things to wrap up in, in winter. Then, when Christmas comes around, you can rethink your wardrobe when you head home.

DO bring…

A rain jacket

You’ll be living in Portsmouth in the UK. It’s essential.


DON’T bring…

A printer

With The University’s sustainability policies, a lot of your submissions will be online to help reduce the amount of paper for printing. That said, you can still print at The Union, The Library and many other places around campus. So unless you want to be the one everyone turns to for their printing needs, leave it at home (that and ink is expensive).


DO bring…

A dressing gown

Gone are the days of central heating being put on at all times. Cold? Dressing gown. Movie night? Dressing gown. 3am fire alarm? Dressing gown. The most comfortable, versatile item of clothing you cannot live without.

DON’T bring...

Your pets

However much you want to, however tempting it is, no, we're sorry, you are not allowed to bring your dog, cat, hamster, snake, gerbil or chinchilla with you.


DO bring…

Momentos from home

Homesickness will strike at some point, so having a few pictures, your favourite poster, a well-loved blanket or anything that reminds you of home will make those moments easier.

DON’T bring… 

Every piece of stationery you’ve ever owned

Are you really going to need that protractor if you’re studying English? Think about what you might need - pens and a notebook are a sure start. Why not get a notebook with different tabs, so you can separate each module but keep all your notes in one place.

DO bring…

An alarm clock

Don’t rely on your phone! What if you type in the hour you want to wake up into the calculator, like this guy? Don’t take the risk - an alarm clock is a safe bet.


When it comes to most things, if you forget the odd item or two, you can just pop to the shops and pick up a replacement. Or save space and buy some items when you arrive. 

All in all, you’ll be too busy having fun and working hard to realise you left your favourite pair of shoes or your coffee maker at home.

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