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Six things to consider when packing for university

There is no denying that moving to university and gaining new-found independence is both an exciting and slightly daunting prospect.

Moving to university is likely to be your first time away from the comforts of your own home for an extended period of time, which is what makes packing for university such a difficult task. After all, you need to consider which items you’ll need to get you through an entire year.

More often than not, over-packing for university is something that every Fresher falls victim to. No matter how organised you think you are, when it comes to preparing for university, you’re almost guaranteed to pack a bunch of items that you don’t need or won’t use.

To make it all a little bit easier, we’re narrowing down a few things you should definitely consider when packing for university, to ensure you’ve got everything you need without wasting any valuable luggage space.

  1. Leave some things until you get there.

When packing for university, it’s always a good idea to ask yourself, ‘can I buy this when I get there?’ and if the answer is yes, that you can easily purchase a replacement when you arrive at uni, then leave the item behind. Toiletries are a good example of this. Carrying bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel can take up a lot of space and weight in your luggage, which is particularly inconvenient if you’re travelling to university by plane, where there will be certain weight restrictions set upon your luggage.

  1. Check what’s already included.

Before you venture out to purchase anything for your living space, it’s important to check the facilities that are already included in your studio. In addition to being fully furnished, all Unilife studios also include a 32 inch SMART TV and a convection oven which doubles as a microwave – so these are two bulky and expensive items which you will not need to pack. It is also worth remembering that all Unilife students have access to the Unilife fitness rooms, so don’t forget to pack your gym gear too!

  1. Make a checklist.

Although there are plenty of useful ‘what to take to uni’ packing guides out there full to the brim with helpful advice, a one-size-fits-all checklist isn’t always realistic. Every student’s university experience is different, and what may be an essential for one person could be a luxury for another. Be sure to make a checklist that is tailored to your own personal needs to ensure you’ve covered absolutely everything for your own university experience.

  1. Don’t forget about important documents.

Amidst the stress of packing, important documents such as your university admissions letter, student finance documents, accommodation agreements, and your course acceptance letter can be easily pushed to the back of your mind. Put together a folder of all your important documents to ensure that they are organised and not forgotten, as you will need them.

  1. Consider your transport.

How you choose to travel to university is likely to affect how you pack up your belongings. If you’re travelling to university by plane, you’ll need to seriously consider your weight allowances and the possibility of additional airline baggage fees. If you’re travelling by train, you’ll need to consider what is manageable for you to carry, and if you’re getting there by car – how much can you safely pack into it? Taking your method of transport into consideration will help you to narrow down your essentials and what can be left until you get there.

  1. Don’t forget about home comforts.

Although it is important to prioritise all of the essentials, you’re still going to want to take a few home comforts with you. Don’t feel like you can’t pack a few sentimental pieces, such as photos and anything else you to make your studio feel like your very own home away from home.


Written by Katy Mairs, blog editor for – the No.1 Student Shipping Company.

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