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What to bring to university

Student Life

Before starting university, it can be a little overwhelming thinking about what you need to take with you. It isn’t easy deciding on what to pack, but think carefully and wisely as a lot of items can be shared with your flatmates or are already provided.

One thing to consider is that there are shops in Newcastle, so it might be easier and cheaper to wait until you arrive at university before buying some items – particularly food shopping.

Most first year students tend to overpack, so think about how much will fit into the boot or on the back seat of car and use this as a guide.

You might be worried about moving away from home and having to fend for yourself for the first time, but at Northumbria we’re here to help. We have staff on hand at each of our student accommodation blocks to help you settle in and address any concerns you might have.

As you’ll be spending time in your room resting and studying, we recommend you bring some home comforts with you such as photos of your family and friends, posters, or your favourite bedding and cushions to make you feel at ease.

In addition, we have come up with a handy checklist of what to bring to university to help you with your packing.

  • Important documents: bank cards, bank account details, ID, driver’s licence, passport, national insurance card/details, student discount cards (e.g. 16-25 Railcard, NUS card).
  • Electricals: Laptop, mobile phone, chargers, camera, headphones. You might want to bring a printer but bear in mind we have plenty of printers across campus for you to use.
  • Kitchen:pans, utensils, plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, cutlery, chopping board, baking trays and Tupperware (helpful hint you can also share a kitchen set with your flatmates).
  • Bedroom items: duvet, duvet covers, sheets, pillows, pillow cases.
  • Bathroom products: toiletries, towels, first aid kit.
  • Clothing: suitable for winter and summer (helpful hint – bear in mind you can bring your summer clothes back with you if you return home at Easter to save packing and storage space) coat hangers, laundry bin, clothes horse / airer.
  • Stationery: notepads, pens, books, highlighters, post-it-notes, scissors, Blu-tack, Sellotape.

Remember to treat this list as a general guide and use it to check off the things most relevant and applicable to you. Find out more what to bring and student living on our accommodation hub  

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