What to take to University: Halls and Bedroom

  • Bedding - Most halls have single beds. Don't forget a spare set for when you're washing the other!
  • Duvet and pillows
  • Mattress Topper - I bought an amazing mattress topper in my second year and it's the best thing I've done. Although be warned, you won't want to get out of bed and your bed will be where everyone gathers after a night out to discuss gossip.
  • Blankets - For cuddling up on the sofa whilst watching films in the living room and for when your beer jacket wears off after a night out.
  • Cushions - Every room looks more homely with a few cushions scattered on the bed.
  • Towels - Of the bath and hand variety. Also don't forget spares for when the others are in the wash.
  • Laundry Bag/Hamper - Dirty washing in the corner never looks good, plus you need some way of carrying all that washing down to the laundry.
  • Coat Hangers - Lots of people forget these! 
  • Teddy - Just because you're at university doesn't mean you have to leave behind your favourite cuddly toy. Trust me, everyone has them.
  • Sleeping Bag - Always a good idea for if you have friends come to stay.
  • Small bin - I didn't have a bin in my bathroom in halls so I bought my own.
  • Wrapping Paper - Bit of a strange one but most rooms in halls have a cork board. I covered mine in wrapping paper which made it looks much less boring and my room looked much more homely.
  • Decorative Items - Take some things to brighten up your room. I took an orchid for on my window sill, some pictures to put on my cork board and a few other bits and bobs to scatter round my room. (Take a look at Dormify on Pinterest. They have all sorts of tips on how to decorate your room.)
  • Photos from home - I made myself a photo album before I left.
  • Alarm clock - Just because you have an alarm on your phone, doesn't mean you will wake up.
  • TV - Lots of people take TV's to uni but don't forget to check about TV licenses.
  • DVDs - Take a good selection, there's always time for movie nights! 
  • Extension lead - There aren't always enough plugs in halls. Best to take an extension lead so you can watch the TV, do your hair and charge your phone all at the same time.
  • Books - I always have a few different books on my bookcase at uni. Just a few easy to read, girly books to read before bed. 
  • Hot water bottle - I love my Cath Kidston hot water bottle. You'll appreciate it if your halls get cold in the winter!
  • Door stop - Keep your door open! That way your flat mates know you're in the room and can come and say hi. Alternatively you could use a crate of beer like my flat mate.
  • Box of sweets - I took a box of haribo along with me when I first moved into halls. It's a great way to get chatting and also wins you bonus points for providing sweets.

  • Crockery - Bowls, Plates etc
  • Cutlery - Knives, Forks, Spoons. Take plenty, they have the tendency to disappear.
  • Glasses - Normal, Pint, Wine and Shot
  • Kettle/Toaster - These are sometimes provided and if not I'd still wait before you buy them. If you all decide to buy one you might end up with 6 toasters and 6 kettles in your kitchen. 
  • Toastie maker - Again an amazing purchase I made in second year. Everyone in my house ended up using it! We highly recommend Nutella toasties or Cheese with sweet chilli sauce. Endless possibilities.
  • Saucepans
  • Frying pan - A must have for full english breakfasts and pancakes.
  • Baking tray
  • Cupcake tray/Cake tin - We baked a lot. It's a fun and relatively cheap way to spend an evening.
  • Tin opener - Top tip: If buying new, learn how to work it before you leave. I bought a fancy new one to take to uni and no one in the flat could work out how to use it. On the plus side it was a great bonding experience.
  • Corkscrew - Wine is cheap, this will be used.
  • Bottle opener - Guys will always need one of these during pre-drinks.
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cheese grater - I have this amazing cheese grater from Ikea. Another favourite in our house.
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatular
  • Egg cup - Dippy egg and soldiers. Also great alternative to a shot glass.
  • Masher
  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Measuring jug
  • Mixing Bowl - Great as a bowl for cocktails at pre-drinks
  • Scales
  • Sieve
  • Colander
  • Whisk
  • Chopping knives
  • Chopping boards
  • Tea towels
  • Washing up liquid - Bring at least one of the jumbo size bottles. You'll be fed up of buying this by the end of the year.
  • Sponges - Bring a pack or two. 
  • Tupperware - Perfect for storing left overs.
  • Sandwich bags
  • Cling film and Tin foil - I bought a massive 50m long pack of these cheap and it's still going strong 3 years later.
  • Bin bags - Again, something to stock up on.
  • Recipe Book - No point bring all this if you've got nothing to cook. My mum wrote down the recipes for some of my favourite meals at home so I could recreate them. 


  1. I'm starting uni in September and this was really helpful! thanksxx

    1. No problem, Orla. Have an amazing time!! x

  2. I start at uni in september for the first time, and I have been stressing over what to bring, this has been very helpful. Do you recommend taking the nessessities first then the decorations?

    Emma xx

    1. You should prioritise the everyday necessities, but definitely take some decorations too so your accommodation feels more like your home. Don't stress, anything you forget you'll be able to buy when you get to uni anyway!

  3. Wow Great work!
    You listed everything that a student must need in their dorm rooms.
    Thanks for sharing.


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