Going away to College/University and leaving home for the first time can be quite daunting thinking of all the things you will need to take with you. The best piece of advice I would give before you start making your list, is to find out what basics are provided by contacting the University’s Accommodation Office. This could save you money and also precious space in the car!This is based on my ‘essentials’ list, so just adjust according to what you might need.
Dorm room basics:
Bedding – is it a single or double bed?
A duvet, pillows, a throw for colder months
Study essentials: laptop, printer, printer paper, ink
General stationery: paper, lever arch files, academic diary, hole punch, stapler, USB memory stick, calculator, post-it notes, page markers, pens, highlighters, pencil, ruler and a good pencil case to keep it all together and a bag to take to Uni.
Home comforts: photos of family/friends, candles
Any ‘Freshers Week’ survival necessities: paracetamol, multivitamins, plasters, earplugs!
Towels – at least 2 hand towels and 2 bath towels (as a spare or friends visiting)
Shampoo and conditioner
The kitchen basics to consider are:
2 plates, bowls, cups, glasses
Cutlery: forks, knives, teaspoons, tablespoons, a sharp knife for chopping vegetables, etc.
Utensils: potato peeler, pizza slicer, tin can/bottle/wine openers/scissors
Small and medium sized pans
An oven tray
A wooden cooking spatula
Collider for draining pasta, etc
A couple of plastic food storage containers (to store food or take a packed lunch).
Good basic food/cupboard staples:
Teabags/coffee/sugar (or sweetener)/salt/pepper/vinegar
A big bag of dry pasta and rice
Dried herbs, garlic and chilli for flavouring
Tins: beans, chopped tomatoes, tuna, sweetcorn
Condiments: Tomato sauce, mayonnaise, sweet chilli sauce, etc
Food/freezer bags/tin foil/cling film
Washing up liquid/sponges/tea towels
Washing powder/fabric conditioner
Some great cheap places to shop for student essentials:
The likes of eBay do some great kitchen starter packs ideal for students