30 Must-haves for Your University Room

Congratulations! You’ve studied hard, sacrificed your social life, and achieved the grades you needed to get into your top university. 

If you’re moving out, it’s time to start planning what you’re going to take with you as you embark on the next chapter of your life. 

First of all, travelling light is important. In general, university rooms are not spacious. You don’t want to end up with pointless clutter filling up all available space. Bear in mind the extra clutter you’re bound to receive during fresher’s week! A room full of clutter isn’t the best way to start off your uni experience. 

Before you attempt to fit a lamp or chair in the back of the car, take the time to check what is already in your new room. This information can easily be found online or by calling up the university’s accommodation office. 

Taking this all into consideration, there are still a few essentials every undergraduate should be packing in their cases. 

1. Cleaning products – You and your flatmates may want to chip in for these, but it’s always good to have your own as a backup. 

2. First- aid kit 

3. Medicine – Painkillers, cold and flu remedies, and anti-sickness medicine will make Fresher’s Flu not seem so tough. 

4. Academic diary – Boring but an essential when it comes to being productive, planning your days, and not forgetting deadlines! 

5. Post-its 

6. Leaver arch files – These are a must when it comes to organising your uni work. 

7. White Tack – Leaves less of a stain than blue tack 

8. Extension Lead – It is likely that your uni accommodation won’t have a plug socket for your phone, laptop, tablet, TV, headphones, Amazon Echo, PS4, and cinematic lightbox. 

9. Torch – If there’s a power cut you’re definitely going to need one of these. 

10. Speaker – Nothing gets your day going more than blaring out your fave tunes. Just make sure you don’t annoy any of your flatmates! 

11. Earplugs – It may surprise you, but there will be some nights when you just want to crash whilst your flatmates want to party. Having a pair of earplugs or headphones on hand will be a lifesaver in these situations. 

12. Mini-fridge – Great for some extra storage and if you don’t fancy going to the kitchen to get a snack. (Check that your university allows mini-fridges before you pack one). 

13. Coffee machine – Trust me, you’re going to need all the coffee you can get when assignment deadlines begin to creep up on you. 

14. Laundry bag 

15. Clothes horse – Tumble-drying can be expensive! 

16. Shower curtain – If you university fails to provide sufficient protection from flooding your bathroom whilst having a rinse, investing in a shower curtain is a must. 

17. Bath mat 

18. Doorstop – University dorm doors can be heavy! If you fancy being sociable, having your door open is a good idea. 

19. Diffuser – Most unis don’t allow you to have candles, so diffusers or other fresheners are great for keeping your room smelling nice. 

20. Bedding – Try not to rely on university bedding. Get yourself a nice duvet, lots of pillows and maybe even some throws. Not only will it keep you nice and warm in the winter months, but will also make your place homely. 

21. Rug 

22. Storage items – Whether its trinket boxes or jars, storage to keep your jewellery, cotton buds, or loose change helps keep your room looking tidy. You’re less likely to lose things too! 

23. Hangers 

24. Photos – It is always nice having lots of photos of your friends and family to look at when you’re feeling a little homesick. 

25. Posters 

26. Fairy lights or bunting for decoration 

27. PlantsIdeal for adding a bit of life to any dull uni room. 

28. LED light panels – Great for parties! 

29. Pack of cards – Perfect for drinking games with your pals! 

30. Suitcase – If you fancy a weekend home then this will make your trip much easier.

Karis Nash

Lifestyle Writer

Aspiring writer and animal lover, Karis, is a 20-year-old media student from the UK. If not found indulging in a chai latte and reading Vogues latest edition, you may find Karis walking around central London with a camera in her hands. She loves to travel and wishes to discover all that the world has to offer.

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