The Ultimate Packing List for University Freshers

Woman sat on the floor packing suitcase for Freshers.

It makes me feel very old to admit that it’s been a whole 3 years since I was a fresher at university, but it does mean that I’ve learnt a thing or two about student life – including what you should be taking with you. Everybody forgets something (for me, it was cutlery and a duvet), which is why I wanted to make a comprehensive, organised list to help out the Freshers of 2021!

With uni starting pretty soon, you might have already packed – but there’s no harm in double checking you’ve got everything you need. So without further ado, here is my ultimate packing list for university Freshers!



  • Duvet (don’t make my mistake)
  • Duvet cover
  • Bottom sheet
  • Top sheet (optional)
  • Mattress protector
  • Pillow/s
  • Pillowcase/s
  • Coat hangers
  • Cushions/a throw (optional)


  • Cutlery
  • Plate/s
  • Bowl/s
  • Mug/s
  • Sideplate/s (optional)
  • A good knife
  • Cheese grater
  • Chopping board
  • Scissors
  • Bottle opener
  • Spatula
  • Frying pan
  • Cling film
  • Bin bags
  • Misc pan
  • Tupperware
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Microwave (if not supplied)
  • Bin (if not supplied)
  • Washing up liquid
  • Rubber gloves


  • Shower mat (optional)
  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Bin (optional)

Cleaning Supplies

  • Kitchen cleaner
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Cream cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Floor wipes
  • Glass cleaner
  • Washing powder
  • Clothes horse (much better than paying for a dryer and makes your room smell nice!)
  • Laundry basket



  • Laptop (don’t forget the charger!)
  • Printer (optional – most unis charge a small amount for printing)


  • Notepad
  • Pens
  • Highlighters (optional)
  • Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Sellotape
  • Flash cards (optional)
  • Bag for uni
  • Big ring binder for notes
  • Hole punch and stapler (optional)
  • Any textbooks you need (these are usually available in the library – I’ve never bought a textbook yet!)

Health and Toiletries

  • Soap/shower gel
  • Hand soap
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Skincare products
  • Cotton wool pads
  • Toilet roll
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Razor/hair removal products
  • Pads/tampons
  • Condoms (safe sex y’all)
  • Paracetamol/Ibuprofen
  • Berocca (hangover essentials)
  • Cold and flu remedies (Freshers flu alert)
  • Any prescription medication
  • Vitamins
  • Makeup products


  • Tops/T-shirts
  • Trousers/shorts/skirts
  • Jumpers/hoodies
  • Underwear
  • Activewear
  • Going out clothes
  • A warm coat
  • A waterproof coat (or an umbrella!)
  • Shoes
  • Trainers
  • Boots
  • Accessories

In Your Wallet

  • ID
  • Bank cards
  • Railcard
  • Some cash
  • Store cards

I hope this list is useful, and if you think of anything else I’ve missed, please leave a comment and let me know! If you’re a brand new Fresher in 2021, remember to look after yourself and most importantly, have the best time. My number 1 piece of advice would be to have fun, but don’t feel pressured into partying EVERY night if you don’t want to. I went out approximately 0 times in Freshers and still made plenty of friends – your people will naturally drift towards you, so don’t stress!

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