Since the release of A-level results this month, young people across the nation are preparing for the next chapter in their lives. Transitioning to university or another educational institution can be both thrilling and overwhelming. Alongside the excitement of establishing new routines, shouldering responsibilities, and forging new connections, students must also ensure they are well-prepared for independent living. And before they realize it, it will be time to pack up and head home for the holidays. Consequently, many students find themselves in need of storage solutions. In this article, we will explore essential items to bring and the best approach to storing them. Check out also the guide for storage for students.

What to Take

When it comes to packing, there are certain items that should be included in every packing list. Of course, there are the obvious ones like clothes and toiletries, similar to what you would bring on a long vacation. However, living away from home requires identifying additional essentials that you may have previously overlooked.


Instead of delving into the specifics of the number of pants required or reminding you to pack your toothbrush, let’s consider a typical week and the goals you need to accomplish during that timeframe.

 Documentation refers to various items such as registration papers, housing agreements, diving permits, National Insurance (NI) number, loan papers, debit cards, and student discount cards. If possible, digitize your documents to have online copies and leave the physical copies at home. Additionally, it is advisable to maintain a list of contact numbers or email addresses in case any of your documents get misplaced.

When packing for your trip, it’s important to remember to bring essential electronic devices such as your smartphone, laptop, and gaming consoles. Additionally, make sure you have the necessary charging cables, adaptors, extension leads, and USB charging ports. It’s worth considering the age of your accommodation, as older buildings may require additional electrical equipment. Furthermore, if you’re accustomed to using speaker systems in your family home, you may need to purchase one for your room in your new location.

Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to purchase an ample amount of stationary items which will be specified in your course materials as essential.


When it comes to appliances, the choice may vary depending on whether you will be living in catered or self-catered accommodation. Your university documents will provide you with the specific information, but if these items are not provided, you may want to consider bringing a toaster, kettle, desk lamp, and hair styling kit.

Kitchen essentials – This encompasses all the non-electric items necessary for a well-equipped kitchen or kitchenette. It includes a selection of mugs, glasses, plates, bowls, cutlery sets, washing-up liquid, sponges, a chopping board, food preparation knives, a saucepan, a frying pan, a tin opener, a bottle opener, food storage containers, and a water bottle for on-the-go purposes.

Soft furnishings, specifically bedding and bed covers, are essential when it comes to creating a comfortable living space. It is advisable to have two sets of bedding, as it is recommended to change them at least every two weeks. Additionally, having a small laundry sack can be helpful in maintaining a tidier room. Ultimately, the choice of soft furnishings depends on personal preferences and tastes.

Home Comforts

Living in a different location away from your home can be an intimidating and unfamiliar experience, even if you are having an enjoyable time. Therefore, it becomes crucial to have a few familiar and comforting items in your university room to create a sense of security and peace.

Your personal space can be transformed into something meaningful with photos. Whether they are images of loved ones, posters of your favorite bands or films, or pictures of things that hold significance to you, these visuals add a touch of individuality to what might otherwise be a small, unremarkable space.

A mattress topper is not an essential item, but it can greatly improve the comfort of a university mattress, which may not be of the highest quality. By adding a good mattress topper, you can enhance the overall coziness of your bed and ultimately enjoy a better sleep experience. 

When it comes to decorating your room, you don’t necessarily need designer furnishings. Consider adding non-functional elements that enhance the aesthetic appeal. We previously mentioned a desk lamp, but have you thought about incorporating a softer lamp to create a cozy atmosphere around your bed?