– What to Bring to College? –
Check out our ultimate college packing checklist for advice on what you should bring to college, and what you should leave at home.
Whether you’ll be living in a dorm, an apartment, or the steam tunnels beneath campus, this list will provide you with all of the college necessities, as well as a few fun extras that can improve your life or help you meet new people.
We’ve put a lot of effort into this packing list, and we hope you find it useful.
Everything is divided into categories to make navigation easier. We’ve also labeled certain items as “essential” to assist you in prioritizing.
What are the Things to Bring to College?
We’ve created the ultimate checklist to make this process as easy as possible.
To help you get organized for the big move, we’ve included everything from household essentials to bathroom supplies and important documents you don’t want to leave behind.
Are you going to university in the United Kingdom? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Check out our comprehensive list of items to bring to university:
The following documents will be super important for your move to college, especially during your first few weeks.
Make copies (paper and digital) of all of them and keep them together in a secure file to ensure none of them goes missing:
‣ Driver’s license or some form of ID
‣ All official college documents, including your acceptance letter
‣ Accommodation documents
‣ Your course acceptance letter
‣ Your bank details and bank card
‣ Passport photos
‣ Health/dental insurance documents
You can’t get through college without your laptop, how else will you be able to procrastinate over unfinished essays and binge-watch Netflix with your new dorm buddies?
Other than the obvious, we’ve included a list of electrical items, you simply shouldn’t leave home without:
‣ Laptop and charger
‣ Cell phone and charger
‣ Hairdryer and hairstyling tongs
‣ Extension cables
‣ External hard drive
‣ Ethernet cable, HDMI cable, etc
‣ Cable adaptors
You’ll already know what clothes you want to bring, from your favorite kicks to the ultimate party dress, but we just thought we’d give a quick summary just in case, so you’re covered for any occasion:
‣ Everyday clothing
‣ Everyday shoes
‣ Formal clothing
‣ Formal shoes
‣ Smart-casual clothing
‣ Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses)
‣ Costume clothing (for themed parties!)
‣ Bathing suit
‣ Gym Bag
‣ Clothes hangers
‣ Winter boots
‣ Shower shoes (an essential if you have a communal bathroom!)
Stocking up on books, notepads and stationery items can add a significant amount of weight to your bags.
If you are low on room, you can alternatively, get these items when you arrive on campus.
Most campuses will have a college shop, that will provide essential stationery items and more. But there are a few essentials you should pack, just to get the ball rolling:
‣ Index cards
‣ Stapler and staples
‣ Sticky notes
‣ Pens and pencils
‣ Paper clips
‣ Sticky tape
Your college will send you a recommended reading list, but it’s best to purchase these books once you arrive. Not only will these textbooks cost a pretty penny, but they will add unnecessary weight to your luggage.
Many colleges offer a discount for buying these reading lists in the campus bookshop or have second-hand book sales at the beginning of term.
It’s a good idea to go with this option and save yourself some much-needed space and cash.
Don’t worry you don’t have to bring everything and the kitchen sink to your new dorm.
Your kitchen will be stocked with electricals, so you can leave your microwave and toaster behind. If you are in doubt as to what is included, you can contact your dorm office before the big move, just to keep yourself right.
However, there are items you will need to invest in, we’ve outlined these below:
‣ A couple of bowls and plates
‣ Mugs and glasses
‣ Reusable food containers
‣ Travel mug
‣ Bottle opener
‣ Can opener
‣ Sharp knife
‣ Baking tray
‣ Frying pan
‣ Oven gloves
‣ Tea towels
‣ Cheese grater
‣ Vegetable peeler
‣ Aluminium foil (it’s a lifesaver)
After you’ve finished packing, you’ll face the challenge of transporting all of your belongings to your new college residence.
This can be a significant undertaking if you are attending college in a completely new town, city, or even country.