Thursday, 11 August 2016

University Checklist


Hellooooo again and welcome back to ma blawg. 

If you are reading this then you are probably either starting or going back to uni next month. For me, if I get decent results next Thursday and decide to go to uni, I will be moving in in just under a months time. Therefore, I thought that this would be the perfect time to write a university checklist which you can print off and use for when you are purchasing stuff for uni and when you are packing. After all, you don't want to be in a rush when getting all your stuff together and making the whole process even more stressful! I'm personally terrified about the prospect of starting university and therefore will be doing anything I can to make the process more simple and easier, including using this list. 

I've done a lot of research to create this list as well as adding my own ideas of things to take. Not all these things are essential to take, a lot of them are optional and will depend on what type of halls/accommodation you are staying in i.e. self-catered or catered. Most people when they have confirmed their place at their uni will be invited to join a Facebook group for your halls where you can find out who you are living with in advance and talk to them about what each other are bringing so that you don't end up with loads of the same stuff, like 5 kettles for example...

Don't Forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to download the document I have made for you to print off and use!

Kitchen

Corkscrew
Bottle opener
Mugs
Glasses
Wine glasses
Shot glasses
Kettle - Most accommodation should include this
Knives, forks and spoons
Plates
Bowls
Small frying or omelette pan
1 small, 1 large saucepan with lids
Egg cup
Tin opener
Scissors
Chopping knife
Chopping board
Vegetable peeler
Cheese grater
Breadknife
Wooden spoon
Spatula
Easy to follow recipe book
Store cupboard ingredients - coffee, tea, milk, sugar, eggs, butter, cooking oil, salt and pepper and pasta
Plastic ziplock bags (large and small)
Tubberware (various sizes for packing lunches etc)
Cling film
Tin foil
Sieve
Tea towels
Oven gloves
Washing-up stuff - Washing-up liquid / Dishcloth / Scrubbing brush
Tray - For carrying food to your room and to stop you making a mess if you're not eating at a table

Studying

Desk lamp (Halogen)
Pinboard pins (if your room provides a pin board which it most likely will)
Diary/planner
Dictionary and thesaurus
Printing paper
A4 folders
Pens
Pencils
Lined Paper
Highlighters
Scissors
Stapler
Hole punch
Post-it notes
Paper clips
White Tac - so it doesn't mark the walls
Stamps and envelopes

Outdoor

Sports gear
Water Bottle
Raincoat
Umbrella
Bike - Obviously optional if your uni has bike racks and you don't want to walk everywhere

Healthcare

Basic first aid kit - plasters, antiseptic wipes, bandages
Paracetamol
Ibuprofen
Some cold/flu remedy
A cold/hot pack
Any Personal Medication

Bathroom - These items will depend on whether you have a private or shared bathroom

Bath mat
Bath and hand towels
Basket for shower supplies
Wash bag
Toilet roll
Box of tissues
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Soap
Shampoo and Conditioner
Nail clippers
Deodorant
Perfume
Hair spray
Dry Shampoo
Hairbrush
Razor
Shaving cream/gel
Lip balm
Skin Care Routine

Housekeeping

Febreeze - To stop clothes / fabric getting too smelly
Laundry bag/basket
Clothes horse (to save money on paying to use dryers)
Coat hangers
Kitchen towel
Washing powder/liquid/tablets
Door stop

Electrical

Calculator
Laptop + Charger
USB / Portable Hardrive
Printer
Network cable - to access the internet from the socket in your room
Mini fridge - Optional if you don't want to leave certain drinks/food in communal areas
Bedside lamp
Phone charger
Portable DVD player - If you are like me and have a MacBook with no disc drive..
Camera
Speakers
Headphones
Multi plug adaptor/extension lead

Clothing

Dressing gown
Slippers
T-Shirts
Jumpers
Trousers
Underwear
Socks
Shoes/trainers
Flip flops
Swimwear
Going-out stuff - clothing for clubbing and maybe a formal dress if your Uni has a freshers ball

Leisure

Board games (Monopoly basically..)
Pack of cards
Ball - Football, Rugby Ball, Netball any kind of ball really
Frisbee

Style

Posters and Photos
Wall hanging - A pretty way to show off your photos
A Rug - To cover whatever mangey carpet you may or may not have
Fairylights/disco ball/lava lamp
Cushions/beanbags - for friends to sit down in your room
A throw
Pot plants - Either a cactus or a fake plant that basically needs no looking after
Blankets
Bedding
Sheets
Duvet and duvet covers
Pillows & pillow cases
Mattress cover - goes between the mattress and the bottom sheet
Hot water bottle
Inflatable mattress and pump - for your home friends if/when they visit
Sleeping bag - for if/when friends come to stay

Miscellaneous

Alcohol
Sweets or biscuits
Extra storage - e.g. makeup storage
Large suitcase - to put things in when going home for the weekend
Torch - for power cuts and looking under desks/chairs/beds
Pen knife
Books to read
Safety pins
Small sewing kit - just incase you need to do a quick fix on a rip or tear 
Candles
Matches
Fan
Clock

Female Specific Items

Hair Ties/clips
Make up
Jewellery Box
Jewellery
Moisturiser
Nail Varnish
Nail Polish Remover
Hair removing cream
Hair dryer/straighteners

You'll also need to bring all of the relevant documents that your university requires such as your passport, national health insurance number etc.
Of course this list could include more and I may have missed some things but at the end of the day using this list will make the process of moving to/back to university less stressful for you I hope! 

Thank you so much for reading and I really hope you use the checklist I have created and shared below to print off and check off each item you wish to take!
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Uni checklist.pdf
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