What to bring with you to university

28 June 2024

Undergraduate student, Meso, shares her guide on what to bring to university to make sure you are prepared for your first year. 

Packing for university can be an overwhelming task. While you need the essentials like clothes, a laptop, an iPad, stationery, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and kitchen utensils, several other items can significantly enhance your university experience. Here is my guide on what to bring to be fully prepared for life at university:


Don’t forget to pack a basic first aid kit including items like Lemsip, paracetamol, and other over-the-counter medicines. The notorious “freshers’ flu” can strike at any time, and having these remedies on hand can save you a trip to the pharmacy when you’re feeling under the weather. 

Personal touches for your room 

Adding personal touches to your room can make a world of difference in how comfortable and at home you feel. Bring items like fairy lights, pictures of family and friends, and other decorations that reflect your personality. Creating a cosy and familiar environment can help ease the transition to university life. 

Extra storage  

University rooms can be quite small, and the provided storage space is often limited. For someone like me who has a lot of stuff, bringing extra hangers, storage boxes, and organisers was a lifesaver. These items are handy for keeping your room tidy and ensuring that you have a place for all your belongings. I found the storage spaces in my room too small, so having additional storage solutions made everything much more manageable. 

Formal clothes 

At a university like Warwick, you’ll encounter numerous opportunities to meet potential employers and attend formal events. It's essential to have a few sets of formal attire ready for interviews, networking events, or any formal occasions that may arise unexpectedly. Dressing the part can make a substantial difference in making a positive impression. 

Drying rack and laundry bag 

A drying rack is an incredibly practical item that often gets overlooked. It can save you money on using communal dryers and is also a more environmentally friendly option. Plus, having your drying rack means you don’t have to wait for a dryer to become available. Also, a sturdy laundry bag makes it easy to transport your clothes to the laundry room. 

Mattress Topper 

University-provided mattresses can sometimes be uncomfortable, so investing in a good mattress topper can make a significant difference in your sleep quality. 


At university, expenses can add up quickly! If you are able it can help to save up money before you start university. Starting a part-time job in the summer before university is a great way to help you prepare!

Additional Tips for International Students

Adapters and Converters

UK electrical outlets may be different from those in your home country. While you can bring universal adapters, it's often easier to buy them in the UK to ensure compatibility.

Winter Clothes

If you’re coming from a warmer climate, you might not have suitable winter clothing. It’s often better to buy winter coats, boots, and other cold-weather gear in the UK, where you can find items designed for the local climate.


Basic kitchen items like pots, pans, and utensils are often available in student starter packs at local stores, which can be more convenient and cost-effective.

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