Updated: Oct 10, 2018

Preparing to go to university can become pretty overwhelming, so in order to help you start your preparation I’ve decided to share the checklist I used to decide what to take to university. This checklist only serves as a starting point, not everything is necessary so adapt it to yourself. The type of accommodation you will be in also determines a lot of what you will be needing, and I’d strongly advise that you check what your accommodation will be providing first. I’ve also linked the google drive link of a printable version below.



  • Passport photos

  • Passport

  • Provisional Licence

  • NHS number

  • National Insurance number

  • CV and references

  • Bank account details

  • Contacts list

  • Local map

  • Old textbooks and notes

  • List of phone numbers

  • Diary or Calendar

  • Doctor and dentist details

  • Other university documents

  • Exam certificates

  • Room insurance


  • Desk lamp

  • Message board with erasable marker

  • Diary/planner

  • Dictionary and thesaurus

  • A pad of lined paper/notepad

  • Ream of printing paper

  • Folders

  • Pens, pencils, paper, files, highlighters, sharpies