Ultimate University Halls Packing List For First-Time Students
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Ultimate University Halls Packing List For First-Time Students

Caitlin Hart July 31, 2022

Moving to university in September? Packing and moving can be a huge task and you will need a lot of things to move out and live independently for the first time.

We have put together the ultimate packing list for moving into the halls, including everything you will need for your bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. It will stop any stress and avoid the first-day panic shopping trip, trust us.


  • Duvet and pillows – be sure to check the sizing of your accommodation bed.
  • Sheet, duvet and pillow covers.
  • Mattress topper (thank us later, accommodation beds are notoriously uncomfortable).
  • Extension cable.
  • Clothes hangers.
  • Storage boxes.
  • Desk lamp – ensure that your accommodation doesn’t provide one first.
  • Laundry basket – one with handles is always best as often laundry will be outside of your building.
  • Clothes horse.
  • Clothes, bags and shoes.
  • Laptop.
  • Laptop and phone chargers.
  • Desktop mirror.
  • Small speaker – an essential at pre-drinks.
  • Decorations such as photos, fairy lights, incense or a rug.


  • Plates (two big and two small).
  • Bowls
  • Mugs
  • Glasses
  • Cutlery Set
  • Frying Pan
  • Saucepan
  • Colander
  • Baking Trays
  • Oven Gloves
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Fish Slice
  • Tongs
  • Spatula
  • Sharp Knives
  • Tupperware
  • Clingfilm or Tinfoil
  • Chopping Board
  • Washing up Liquid
  • Sponges or Cloths
  • Tea Towels (pack as many as possible, they disappear within minutes)
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Bottle Opener
  • Tin Opener

Check homeware stores such as Dunelm or Argos as they often sell kitchen sets that include cutlery, pans and cooking equipment.


  • Bath Towel (at least two)
  • Hand Towel
  • Face Cloths
  • Bath Mat
  • Soap Dispenser
  • Shower Gel, Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Razors
  • Sanitary Products
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet Roll

If you have opted for a shared bathroom a shower caddy/basket can be useful for keeping your toiletries separate from your flatmates’.


AKA things you might forget but definitely need.

  • Stationary – notepads, pens, scissors and sellotape.
  • Water bottle.
  • Playing cards – another essential item for pres.
  • Weekend bag/suitcase.
  • ID such as driving license or passport.
  • Pins – most university hall bedrooms have a pinboard.
  • Doorstop – great for meeting your flatmates as they move in.

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Caitlin Hart is a freelance writer for Freshered and a final year trainee journalist at The University of Sheffield. She is currently one of the Lifestyle Editors for Liberty Belle Magazine and has previously written for publications such as Injection Magazine, Empoword Journalism and Unifresher. Her writing typically focuses on politics and current affairs, in particular opinion and feature pieces, however she writes a variety of content for Freshered, including pieces on student life in Sheffield and entertainment and culture.