Whether you’re heading to university for the first time, or returning after a long break spent at home or away, knowing what to pack for the new term can be quite the challenge. If you’re about to start your first term as a fresher, living away from home for the first time can feel like a daunting experience. When thinking about what you might need for a whole term, or even a whole year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
But worry not. To help you prepare everything you need for an exciting and action-packed term, the team here at Roseworth have provided a handy checklist on what to pack for university. This uni checklist, along with some handy hints and tips on what to expect as a fresher and how to make sure you find the right student accommodation for you, will help you start the new term on the right foot.
What should I take to university?
Whether you’re staying in student halls or private accommodation, a house share or a studio, there are key basics that no student should be without. Here’s Roseworth’s ultimate uni checklist for any student room:
❏ Essential Documents
Having your ID to hand is important for more than just getting served at the Student Union Bar! It’s vital to make sure you bring your relevant identity documents with you. A passport, driving license or other form of photo identity will be needed when applying for a bank account, accommodation, insurance or other official paperwork.
Other important documents to bring include your official university admissions letter, course acceptance letter, bank card and bank account details, student finance documents and accommodation documents (don’t forget to check out our guide to understanding student lettings documents for important information on what these include and why they are important). We also recommend you bring your National Insurance Number, NHS Medical number and exam certificates.
It goes without saying, however, that when unpacking these essential documents for uni, make sure you keep them in a safe place, and check regularly that you still have everything you need.
We may live in the digital age, but sadly when it comes to studying, it’s not quite paperless yet! To make sure you have everything you need to get stuck in with the actual studying part of being a student, the Roseworth team recommends that you pack essentials such as notebooks, pens, highlighters, sticky notes, a stapler, a calculator and a hole punch for all those lecture notes. It’s also worth investing in a whiteboard or planner to keep track of the lecturers, seminars and tutorials you’ll be attending, as well as the exciting social events the new term has to offer!
❏ Kitchen Must-haves
Although much student accommodation comes with kitchen facilities, a few homely essentials are important to include in your list of things to take to uni. For only a few pounds from your local supermarket or department store, you can pick up your own set of mugs, plates and cutlery, as well as cooking implements like saucepans, knives, tin openers and bottle openers. These will not only keep your kitchen fully-stocked, but also help you make your student room or student house feel more like home.
❏ Homely Touches
You’d be surprised how important the right duvet, pillows, sheets, blankets and even a hot water bottle can feel when you’re away from home for the first time. Bring your favourites from home, or pick out new ones that can help you really stamp your own identity on your student bedroom.
It’s true that going away to university for the first time can often be a chance to try out new ideas and experiences, as this is as true of interior design as anything else. Bright colours and bold patterns are our personal recommendations to ensure your room feels like a warm and welcoming place to come home too after a long day of studying (or long night of partying)!
Sort your student accommodation early
Amongst all the excitement of leaving home and starting a new chapter in your life, it’s important to explore all the accommodation options open to you as a student. Whether you are interested in student halls or private accommodation, a room in a purpose-built property or a house share, we recommend that you start your search early, so as to find the right student property for you.
At Roseworth, we specialise in student lettings and are one of the leading providers of student accommodation in Newcastle. Whether you are about to start university in Newcastle for the first time, are a returning student or are a parent or guardian of a student, we are here to support you every step of the way.
Check out our student advice on how to find the best student accommodation for you. Browse our available properties in some of the most popular student areas in Newcastle to start your property search. Whatever stage of your student journey you are at and whatever questions you may have, our friendly, experienced and trusted team are here to help. Simply call us on 0191 222 1225 or use our contact form to get in touch with us today.
Make the most of your student experience with Roseworth’s simple, straightforward and hassle-free approach to student accommodation.