Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Friday, 8 September 2017

University checklist

University Checklist: Absolutely Every Last Single Thing You Need To Take With You

The Debrief: From pants to peelers to pyjamas, make sure you got it all

Illustrated by Kate Prior

Heading off to university can be a scary, scary thing. So much so that when I went, I spent the whole drive being a bitch to my lovely parents to cover up the fact that inside I was FUCKING TERRIFIED.

Trust us on this, once you get there, it won’t be all that bad and, if it is, just give us a call and we’ll come down and rough up any chancers who are making your life a misery.

One thing we can do definitely though, is help you get prepared and make sure you’ve got all the bits you’re going to need for your big move. Because, let’s face it, it is a big move. Moving out of your parents, into what’s essentially your first flat, you’re striking out on your own and a jolly good job you’re going to make of it, too.

Anyways, here’s what you need to pack for university in your first year. Your university checklist if you will. Print and tick off the list when you’ve chucked the item in your suitcase. Don’t worry if you’ve got like 10 suitcases – it’s amazing what your mum or dad’s car can actually fit in when it’s really under pressure.

For Your Bedroom

University Checklist: Absolutely Every Last Single Thing You Need To Take With You
  1. A double duvet for that shitty single bed
  2. 2 duvet sets – one to wash, one to sleep on
  3. A bedside lamp
  4. Pictures of your friends from home/family to prove you’ve got some
  5. An alarm clock for when you get drunk and smash your phone
  6. A dressing gown or blanket you can wrap around yourself for hangovers/walking to the kitchen when you can’t be bothered to put pants on
  7. A boring filing box for all the boring papers you’ll get given in your first few weeks
  8. Hot water bottle
  9. Washing powder
  10. A massive fuck off washing basket or bag that’s easily transportable
  11. Extension cable
  12. Headphones
  13. Blu-tooth speaker
  14. Lighter
  15. Sewing kit

In The Kitchen

University Checklist: Absolutely Every Last Single Thing You Need To Take With You
  1. Peeler
  2. Chopping board
  3. Frying pan
  4. Saucepan
  5. Sharp knife
  6. Cutlery
  7. Mugs
  8. Glasses
  9. Plate, side plate, bowl
  10. Masher
  11. Grater
  12. Wooden spoon
  13. Tin opener
  14. Corkscrew
  15. Colander
  16. Baking tray
  17. Wooden spoons plus spatula

Clothes

University Checklist: Absolutely Every Last Single Thing You Need To Take With You
  1. Onesie or other cosy clothes
  2. School uniform for the inevitable (sigh) school disco fancy dress
  3. Pyjamas
  4. As many normal clothes as you can carry. There’s nothing like forgetting your favourite dress is 300 miles away at home
  5. Gym clothes
  6. Swimsuit
  7. Underwear
  8. Weird stuff that you won’t wear but might do for fancy dress. If in doubt, bring it along
  9. Face paint

Boring stuff

University Checklist: Absolutely Every Last Single Thing You Need To Take With You
  1. Passport
  2. Driver’s licence
  3. Insurance (and the documents that go with it)
  4. Student loan documents
  5. Bank details
  6. National insurance card
  7. Accomodation documentation
  8. Course acceptance letter

Stuff to get your mum to buy you in the supermarket down the road

University Checklist: Absolutely Every Last Single Thing You Need To Take With You
  1. Salt ’n’ pepper
  2. Dried coriander, basil, paprika, chilli flakes, thyme, rosemary, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin
  3. Pesto
  4. Pasta
  5. Couscous, quinoa and as many other grains as you can fit in your trolley (you’ll try and eat these dry at some point, in desperation)
  6. Baked beans (the clichés are true)
  7. Olive oil. In as big a container as possible. People will steal it. All.
  8. Balsamic vinegar
  9. Box of wine. For sharing. And bribing friendship out of your flatmates.
  10. Ketchup
  11. Tinned tomatoes. By the truckload.

Stuff for actual work

University Checklist: Absolutely Every Last Single Thing You Need To Take With You
  1. Laptop
  2. Notepads
  3. Folders for each module
  4. A4 paper
  5. Tape
  6. Blu-tack
  7. Scisssors (you’ll be the only person with these, guard them with your life)
  8. A printer (you’ll also be the only person with this. But it’ll be the most useful thing ever)
  9. Pens
  10. Pencils
  11. Highlighters
  12. An academic diary

For the bathroom

University Checklist: Absolutely Every Last Single Thing You Need To Take With You
  1. 4 towels (2 to use when the other 2 are being washed. Obvs.)
  2. Toothbrush
  3. Plasters
  4. Toothpaste
  5. Shampoo
  6. Conditioner
  7. Body wash
  8. Moisturiser
  9. Spot cream – you’ll get a lot with that alcohol-heavy lifestyle you’re about the adopt
  10. Hairbrush
  11. Razors/shaving cream
  12. Make up
  13. Make up wipes/remover
  14. Painkillers
  15. Cold meds
  16. Tweezers
  17. Condoms
  18. Deodorant
  19. Tampons
  20. Berocca

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Illustrated by Kate Prior

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