One thing to keep in mind – less is more
When you’re clear on what’s already provided in your accommodation, look at your list and begin the cull. You might have a lot of ideas about what to pack, but taking too much stuff could be a massive hindrance. So it’s a good idea to see what is included in student accommodation before you go.
Check the UCAS accommodation search or the accommodation details on your university’s website. Even if you’re not a natural minimalist, it’s good to leave some of the large/obvious things behind. For example, most unis don’t have enough parking spaces anymore, so having cars on campus overnight isn’t usually allowed.
Here are some of the other key items to leave at home.
1. A printer
Even before the first lockdown online assignment submissions were rising, but now they’re through the roof. Paper submissions still aren’t completely a thing of the past – but if you really need to submit a hard copy, there’ll be a range of fully stocked and serviced printers on campus.
Having to spend your valuable time, money, and energy on keeping a printer print-ready is an effort you can do without – especially just before a deadline.
2. That one item you really don’t want to lose
You might have heard this one a lot by now. If it’s breakable, tempting to steal, or particularly sentimental – then it’s best to leave it behind for now if you can.
3. Big speakers
The problem with having a brilliant sound system at uni is that it’s like riding a horse with no room to gallop.
Small-to-medium-sized units are better, rather than something with heavy bass and a colossal volume. Not everyone has the same taste in music, and depending on your new neighbours, it might not go down too well.
Portable Bluetooth speakers are a good alternative because you can adjust the acoustics just by moving them around your room. Plus, there’s something very liberating about moving your music or podcast around the house with you (especially when you’ve got the place to yourself).
This includes anything that takes up space, which isn’t always easy to come by in uni accommodation. Remember the phrase ‘pack lightly’ and you shouldn’t go too far wrong.