Tags – Things You Don’t Need For University


Overpacking is a common mistake.

Regardless of how organised you are, it’s a given that you will probably bring way too much stuff to university.

Consequently, you’ll be drowning in things you’ll never use.

Don’t worry, here are 5 things we can confidently say you don’t need.


1. All The Clothes You Own

Of course every new student wants to have a wide range of outfit choices.

Whilst it’s tempting, you should avoid packing every single item of clothing you own.

One reason being, student accommodation tends to have limited wardrobe space, so you’ll find you haven’t got a lot of room to put everything away.

Secondly, the more you settle in, you’ll quickly find your time at university is spent in comfortable clothes like loungewear.

So, have a good selection of clothes for different circumstances, but don’t bring all the clothes you own.


2. Your Entire Reading List

Before arriving at university, you have probably been emailed your reading list for your course.

However, don’t fall into the trap and think you need to buy every single book before you arrive.

And, you’ll be taking up valuable luggage space with books you may not even need.

Instead, wait until you begin your studies and decide which ones you absolutely need to buy, or which can be borrowed from the library.


3. A Printer 

Like your entire reading list, bringing your own printer is pointless.

Not to mention, hassle – you may find all your housemates asking to print off one “little” page for them.

Moreover, you can print endless material at university and buying printer credits is more cost effective – credits will be cheaper than ink.


4. Luxury Kitchen Supplies

If you’re living in halls or other student accommodation, items such as kettles, toasters and microwaves are usually provided for you.

Luxury items, such as coffee machines or toastie makers should stay at home.

For instance, if you’re sharing a kitchen, issues like damage and even theft could occur.

For this reason, stick to the basics, like plates, cutlery and frying pans.

And, if you figure you need additional things, you can always pop to your local supermarket.

5. Toiletries

We’re not saying to not use toiletries.

Of course, you need them for personal hygiene.

However, ask yourself ‘can I buy this once I get there?’

Because, bottles of shampoo, shower gel and other products can take up a lot of space in your luggage.

For this reason, it’ll be easier to buy your essentials once you arrive, rather than lugging them around.


Final Thoughts

Of course, everyone’s needs for things differ.

But, it’s important you’re practical with what you’re packing.

Contact your landlord before you arrive to find out what’s included in your accommodation.

Doing so, will allow you to figure out what you can pack and what you can buy once you arrive.


Get in touch to learn more.

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