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What First-Year Students Need To Know About College Packing

As a first-year student, you’ll want to make sure you have all the necessities when packing for college. My grandmother reminded me on moving day to “carry the water heater” with me to my new dorm room at college.

I looked about perplexed and wondered to myself, “Will I need it?” True, you aren’t going to space and you aren’t planning to stay there forever, so no, you don’t need to bring a water heater with you.

This is a common thought process for first-year college students. So that you don’t leave anything important at home, we have compiled this detailed and crucial list of items to bring to college.

College students, particularly especially first-year students, might find the process of preparing for their first year away from home to be a trying and complicated one. Choosing what to bring to class is the toughest choice you’ll have to make all day.

Here is the checklist of the documents to take along to the university. They will be needful at your first weeks, copies should be made on (paper and digital) stored for easy access and to avoid misplacement.

  • A Valid Passport/Identity cards/driving license or any form of ID.
  • Passport photos.
  • Your course acceptance letter.
  • Your University admission acceptance letter.
  • Insurance documents (Health).
  • Accommodation document.
  • Student finance documents.
  • Bank details and Credit/Debit cards.

For international students you will need to take along your Visa documents, proof of funds, travel and health insurance and some cash in the currency of the country you are going to school.

What to Wear to College and What to Pack


If you don’t already have a closet full of clothes, you should prioritize buying these pairs right now. Don’t go crazy with the list of stuff to bring to university to avoid blowing your budget, but do think about packing some stylish corporate apparel for outings or celebrations, seminars, etc.

What to Wear to College and What to Pack

Don’t get carried away with the list and items to pack to university to avoid blowing up your budget.

  • Shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Suite jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jumpers
  • Winter coat
  • Raincoat
  • Trousers
  • Skirts
  • Dressing gowns
  • Jeans
  • Pyjamas
  • Underwears and tights
  • Hats and caps
  • Sunglasses
  • Handbag
  • Gloves
  • Wristwatch
  • Socks and Tie
  • Trainers and Smart shoes
  • Slippers/Flip Flop
  • Ties
  • Belts
  • Kits (Sportswear and Swimwear)

Tools and Electronics You Should Bring to College

Electrical Gadgets and Items To Pack To University

  • Laptop/Computer
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • MP3 player or Ipod
  • Game console
  • Printer
  • Gadget chargers
  • USB cable
  • External hard drive or Flash drive
  • Ethernet mifi/broad band
  • Ethernet/Data cable
  • Head phone/Ear peice
  • Power extension
  • Extension leads
  • Extra batteries
  • Speakers

As a first-year student, you shouldn’t feel obligated to bring every piece of electronic equipment you own. Instead, focus on bringing only the tools you’ll actually use. After a year at university, you will have a much better idea of what you will actually need to bring with you.

When nighttime comes, you need to go to your bedroom for the night. This is a list of necessities for your dorm room during college. If your institution offers dormitory housing, it will furnish your room with necessities like a bed, desk, and chair (of a certain standard size; you may want to inquire about the availability of curtains or drapes if you have specific preferences), but you will still need to bring a few things with you.

Bedroom Checklist Items to Pack to University

You must take a rest when night falls and the place to do that is the bedroom. so here is the bedroom checklist of items to take to the university. If halls of residence is provided to you as college student, the essential and basic items will be made available by the university such as bedside table, bed, chair, furniture, the size of bed is one thing to know and if curtains/drapes are available else you will need to take some along with the list below

  • Bedsheet
  • Mattress protector
  • Pillow covers
  • Duvet
  • Blanket
  • Clothe hangers
  • Waste bin
  • Mini iron and Ironing board
  • Alarm clock /Wall clock
  • Desk lamp
  • Desk fan
  • Ear plug
  • Small wall mirror
  • Framed photo of friends and family

Kitchen Utensils Checklist

College Dorm Room Cookware Essentials

Some utensils, such as a kettle, toaster, microwave, and other kitchen utensils, will be provided if you are living in a hall residence or other shared accommodation. If you are unsure of what to bring to college, call the residential hall office to find out what is offered for students in their hall of residence. You’ll need to bring a few things from the kitchen to class with you, but we’ve got you covered.

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