The 4 things you really don’t need to take to uni

Everyone needs their own uni shopping list when they move into student accommodation. A mix of new essentials and old keepsakes will probably make the final cut, but how do you decide what NOT to take?

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.

  • Early childhood mementos
  • Family heirlooms
  • Expensive jewellery
  • Irreplaceable designer clothes/accessories

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).

4. Clutter

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.

  • Books you don’t need – you’ll probably get plenty more when your course starts
  • Unnecessary clothes – you can always pick them up from home later
  • Extra kitchenware – plates, cutlery etc – a couple of each is enough
  • Furniture – unless you’re super keen on your own bedside table

If you’re still in doubt, you could take a look at a virtual tour of your new home to see what space you’ve got available. Or have a chat with a current student to see what they didn’t take to uni.

What’s next?

Now check out what you should take to uni, and how to keep your room tidy when you get there.

Or start your student accommodation search here.