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University Life: Packing for Halls

I have just completed my online enrolment for University next month – exciting! So, I thought I better get cracking on with my ‘To do list’. I just thought I would just share a quick list of all the basics to you might want to consider buying/sourcing to take to halls with you if you’re starting University this year.

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
Desk lamp
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)
Dressing gown/slippers
Shampoo and conditioner
Shower gel
Soap/hand wash
Body butter/moisturiser
Lady essentials
Toilet roll

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
Olive oil
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:

Asda Walmart
The likes of eBay do some great kitchen starter packs ideal for students

Is anyone else going away to University next month?
Have I forgotten anything essential?
Helen xoxo

Hi, I’m Helen! I’m a wellbeing and lifestyle blogger. After years of letting anxiety and a lack of self-confidence get in the way of achieving my goals. Iโ€™m now all about finding tips and tricks to boost confidence, personal growth, self-care and productivity. I’m on quest to live my best life and hopefully help you live the life you love.

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    Amy Amynmore
    19th August 2014 / 7:08 pm

    What are you going to study? You must be very excited! I am looking into going back to uni so that I can find a stable career, but I am only at the research stage at the moment.
    Amy at Amy & More

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      20th August 2014 / 10:21 am

      I'm off to do the Primary PGCE (Teacher Training) in London ๐Ÿ˜€ So excited!! Hope you find the right course Amy. If I can help in any way just shout up. I did a Law degree and realised when I qualified it wasn't right for me, so you're definitely doing the right thing thinking it all through properly. H xx

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    Andrea InMamasWardrobe
    21st August 2014 / 10:01 am

    Best of luck Helen! I'd love to do that but fear I'm a bit long in the tooth now! How exciting! Ax

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      31st August 2014 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you so much Emmajane! ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck for next year – it will here in no time ๐Ÿ˜€ H xx

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