The ultimate university packing checklist

13 Sep

Packing for uni can seem like an impossible task. Moving your entire room at home, plus everything you need to study, cook and look smart, in just one day, across anything from a few miles if you’re local to Bristol or several country borders if you’re coming from further afield, seems far fetched. But these tips for kitting out your room, kitchen and wardrobe will make sure you’re set with everything you need to start your first term at Bristol successfully.

picture of a tidy bedroom

Your Room

Your new room might seem bare at first, but a bit of TLC can help turn those four walls into your own little haven:

Bedding: bring a few sets to save you sleeping on a bare mattress when it’s washing day.

Mattress topper: an absolute saviour when it comes to livening up a matress and making the bed your own.

Posters, pictures, fairy lights: personalise your room and make it your own, it will make you feel at home much more quickly!

Hangers: begin as you mean to go on, with your clothes hung up and not flung over the back of your desk chair. Creases in your clothes won’t look cool in your first lecture.

Cuddly toys: embrace your inner child and bring Mr Cuddles along.

First aid kit: always better safe than sorry.

A long ethernet cable: you won’t regret bringing this when the Wi-Fi signal disappears at 1a.m. the night before your essay is due.

Laundry basket: when you’re living in halls you won’t necessarily have a washing machine right next to your toom, so a laundry basket will make the journey from the washing machines back to your room way easier.

birdseye view of four students eating at a small table


Don’t limit yourself to pot noodles and toast whilst here at university, invest in a few key kitchen items so cooking for yourself can be relatively stress-free.

Crockery: two plates, two bowls and a mug.

Cutlery: bring slightly more than one knife, fork and spoon. You’ll find some will go walkabout as the year goes on…

Utensils: cheese grater, a sharp knife, spatula, colander, chopping board, bottle opener and tin opener.

Tupperware: handy for storing leftovers from bulk cooking which will save you a lot of money!

General Equipment: Wok, saucepan and a baking tray- you’ll find you’ll rarely need more kitchen equipment than these.

Glasses: no wine glasses, you’ll find a few tumblers will be more than enough.

Where to buy bedroom and kitchen essentials?

IKEA– Bristol

Wilko– 48-56 Queen’s Road

Sainsbury’s– Clifton Down

Co-op- High Kingsdown- 10% off all food with an TOTUM card

Uni Kit Out

over shoulder of student researching on laptop


University is not all fun and games, make the new workload as easy as possible by bringing these studying essentials.

A diary: there will be a lot going on in your first term. Bring a diary so you can keep track of all the events you want to attend, and your lectures!

Pens, paper and some highlighters: these basics will keep you going for your first few weeks, as term goes on you’ll be able to work out what study methods work for you.

Backpack: the walk to campus will be ten times harder if you’re trying to juggle 3 textbooks in your hands.

Laptop: it will be your workstation and your portable TV- but remember to buy a TV licence in order to watch your favourite shows.

Where to buy study essentials?

Currys PC World- Cabot Circus

Wilko– 48-56 Queens Road

The Basket: Bristol SU Shop- The Richmond Building

two students smiling on grassClothes

Be careful not to bring too much. Remember, when you’re waking up for your 9am classes, you’ll be looking for comfort over style.

Trainers: practical for all occasions.

A raincoat or umbrella: this is Britain, it will rain.

Pyjamas, slippers and a onesie: you’ll want to be comfy when you’re snuggled up on a night-in.

Sportswear: your first term is a time for trying new things, bring your sports gear and try some of the great sports clubs available at Bristol.

Where to buy clothes essentials:

Primark- 1-27 The Horsefair

Sports Direct- 13-15 Broadmead

BS8- 34 Park Street (Vintage clothes)

New Look- Cabot Circus- 10% off with TOTUM card

More Information:

Get great student discounts with a TOTUM card