Starting university is a big change. Whether you’re moving far from home or living on your own for the first time, you’re suddenly on the cusp of a whole new set of responsibilities. One of those new responsibilities is packing for university.  

If you’re not sure what to pack or even where to start, don’t panic. We have put together the ultimate guide to packing the essentials for comfortable university living. 

Clothing for all seasons 

This does not mean you should pack the majority of your wardrobe. Regardless of where you’re headed, it’s always best to pack a selection of versatile items that can be mixed, matched and layered to suit all seasons. Be sure to pack in one formal outfit for possible internship interviews. 


Start on a comfortable foot by ensuring that you have every piece of bedding one would need to make a bed, including that fitted sheet you still don’t know how to fold. However, since bedding can take up a lot of space, it may be better to purchase new items upon arrival if you’re studying far from home. 

Kitchen essentials 

Most dorm kitchens are stocked with the basic kitchen appliances necessary to cook an easy meal. However, if you are moving to an off-campus apartment, make sure to purchase silicone cooking utensils, a non-stick pot and pan, a chef’s knife, a paring knife, measuring cups and a cutting board to get you started. 

Important documents 

Make sure to have documents such as your banking information, passport, photo ID, driver’s licence, any necessary medical information, as well as your university registration paperwork in an organised and secure box. Don’t forget to store a digital copy in a secure folder on your laptop or phone. 

A quality backpack 

It’s essential to invest in a quality backpack or bag. Not only will it hold up under the strain of daily use, but it will also protect your belongings from the elements – come rain or shine. Whether you’re lugging textbooks around campus or hiking in the great outdoors on weekends, a durable backpack or bag will keep your belongings well-protected. 

If your dorm room isn’t big enough to swing a cat, make more space by storing unessential belongings in one of Pink Hippo’s student storage units. Available in Reading and Leatherhead, our units are secure, modern and conveniently located. Browse our student storage solutions to learn more.