At the moment, you may feel a bit lost knowing what not to bring so here’s my guide to the essentials to remember.
- Bring any photographs, ID, passport and important documents you may need to collect your keys, email address and enrol on your course, or even join societies. Make sure it’s all handy for when you arrive in case its needed.
- To make your room feel like home bring posters, photos of your family and friends and other decorations including pins and pin boards. (Use white tac rather than blue tac to avoid damaging paintwork)
- Bring plenty of clothes and coat hangers. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved in different activities so pack for different occasions.
- Bedding; including duvet covers, pillow cases, bottom sheet and don’t forget towels.
- Remember toiletries and laundry items, including washing powder and a laundry bag.
- Depending where you live you may need kitchen essentials, wooden spoons, kettle, toaster, saucepans, frying pan etc.
- First Aid kit is always important, even if you don’t end up using it it’s important to have for emergencies.
- Electrical items such as your mobile phone, tablet, laptop and chargers, as well as hair dryer etc.
- Finally remember to bring stationary, notebooks, pens, folders etc. Unlike school or college where you may have had stationary provided, at university it is your responsibility to get equipped. There are shops on campus where you can stock up too.
- And finally, when you arrive, get stuck in. Knock on your flat mates’ doors and introduce yourself. Don’t worry if you’re nervous about meeting new people, it’s entirely normal.
Most importantly, enjoy yourself and enjoy getting to know new people. I hope the above helps you settle into student accommodation easily and hope you have an amazing time! If you have any questions about anything mentioned above or travelling in general, don’t be afraid to get in touch with the Springboards Team! 🙂