Moving in: what to bring with you

Preparing to move to University is an exciting time. For most of you, this will be the first time you have lived away from home and you’ll probably find yourself questioning what to bring and how to get it to your new home? Whilst you might be tempted to pack all of your possessions, there really is no need. Remember, whatever you bring with you, you’ll have to take back, plus everything else you’ve collected along the way, so keep it basic! If you don’t use it at home, you probably won’t be using it at University.

Here’s a few things we think you might want to bring with you:


Bedding: The University doesn’t provide bedding, so don’t forget to pack a quilt and pillows.

Room decorations: Cushions, photographs, posters, they all help towards making your room feel just like home. Just make sure you keep enough space for all your new memories.

Laundry bin: Not only will this help you keep your room in order, but it’s a useful tool for transporting your dirty clothes to the laundry room…or back home, if you’re planning on saving them for mum and dad!


Laptop: Whether you’re writing your assignments, making notes in lectures, or getting your Netflix fix, your laptop will become your most used item whilst at University. And with free Wi-Fi on all of our campuses, you’ll be able to connect on the go. 

Mobile Phone and Charger: This is an obvious one.   

USB memory stick: Believe me, you don’t want to lose your dissertation on deadline day!

Alarm clock: Yes your phone is fine, but what if you forget to charge it or it switches off?


Kitchen essentials: Whilst a microwave, kettle and toaster are already provided by the University, you and your housemates will need items such as: cutlery, spatula and serving spoons, pans, baking trays, tin opener, bottle opener, plates and mugs. However don’t rush out to buy them all just yet! Wait until you arrive and see what your other housemates have bought with them, as together you could buy a set of communal kitchen essentials.

Full board: If you’re living in full board accommodation you can refine your list by removing cooking utensils, but make sure you bring cutlery, plates, a bowl and a mug. You might well get hungry in the middle of the night and need to whip up a trusty pot noodle or microwave meal!

Food: It might sound silly, but people easily forget the important stuff. Make sure you arrive with enough meals to last you a few days until you get to grips with the local supermarkets and food stores.

And remember, both our Chester and Warrington campuses are situated within an easy walking distance to local shops. So anything you forget to bring, just pick it up whilst you’re here. 

Want to know more? 

If you have any questions about living in student accommodation, just get in touch with our Residential Living Office. They’ll be more than happy to help.

E: T: 01244 513000 (Chester) / 01925 5342200 (Warrington)