The big move-in date is approaching, and you’re probably feeling pretty excited.

Moving into your new uni home can be fun. A new location, new room, maybe even new housemates, but there are also a few things to consider before you get in and get settled.

From making sure your bills are all set up and ready, doing the inventory check-in, and making sure you’ve packed everything you need, there can be a lot of things to remember.

On the topic of packing, we’ve compiled an essential list of what you need to remember to pack to help your move-in go as smoothly as possible (that’s one of our specialities).

Click below to download our moving-in checklist, which is perfect to print and tick off as you pack! Or keep reading for a more in-depth moving away for university checklist.

1. Important Documents

There are several important documents you’ll need to remember to take with you – the most important one being some form of identification (otherwise, you won’t be able to get into most of the Freshers Week events!).

Here’s a comprehensive list of all the documents you might need:

  • Form of identification (for example, Driver’s licence or passport).
  • Accommodation contract and tenancy agreement.
  • Bank cards
  • Student discount cards (for example, a TOTUM card or ​​16–25 Railcard).).

You might also want to take copies of the following documents or ensure you’ve got a digital copy:

  • Car insurance documents and car logbook (if you’re bringing a car)
  • Other insurance documents (for example, phone insurance or contents insurance)
  • Student loan or other funding documents
  • National Insurance letter or a note of your National Insurance Number
  • University admission acceptance letter
  • Course acceptance letter
  • Scholarship or bursary letters
  • Prescriptions (if relevant)

If you’re an international student, you might also want to bring:

  • Visa documentation
  • Travel insurance documentation
  • Proof of funds

2. Electrical items

Your phone and laptop are definitely essential items, but there are lots of electrical devices and accessories that you’ll need to consider bringing when moving to university.

  • Phone and charger
  • Laptop, charger and a sturdy case
  • Printer and ink (if you think you’ll need one)
  • Games console
  • Headphones
  • Charging cables (plus a travel adapter if you’re not from the UK)
  • Hair dryer (and hairstyling tools)
  • Extension lead
  • External hard drive (for protecting all your uni work)
  • TV (make sure you have a TV licence if you’re watching live TV)

3. Kitchen equipment

Moving to uni for the first time means you’ll be responsible for cooking all your own food (unless you’re living in catered accommodation). Here’s a breakdown of everything you might need in your student place:

  • Plates and bowls
  • Cutlery
  • A saucepan and a frying pan (if you’re a fan of cooking, you might want a larger range)
  • Mugs and glasses
  • A water bottle and reusable travel cup (if you like hot drinks on the go)
  • Washing up liquid, cloths and tea towels
  • Knives and a chopping board
  • Food storage containers
  • Lunch box
  • Tin and bottle opener
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen utensils (tongs, ladle, and spatula)
  • Peeler and grater
  • Baking tray
  • Colander
  • Whisk

There are a couple of larger household items that you might need, but you’ll need to check if they’re included in your accommodation.

  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Iron and ironing board

4. Bedroom essentials

You’ll also need some essentials for your bedroom. Although most student halls of residence are furnished, you’ll still need to buy some of the stuff yourself:

  • Bedsheets and pillowcases
  • Pillows and duvet
  • Laundry basket
  • Mattress topper and protector
  • Desk lamp
  • Coat hangers
  • Mirror
  • Clock
  • Clothes rack
  • Pictures or posters
  • Any other home comforts

5. Bathroom essentials

Whether you’re lucky enough to have an en suite or are sharing a bathroom, there are still some essentials you’ll need:

  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Flip flops (if you’re sharing a bathroom and feel like you need them)
  • Hairbrush and hairbands
  • Make-up and remover
  • Tweezers and nail clippers/scissors
  • First aid kit
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Sanitary products
  • Painkillers

6. Personal items

Clothes and other personal items are a must – here’s a rough idea of some of the stuff you might want to pack when leaving home for the first time:

  • Clothes
  • Accessories
  • Coat
  • Sports kit
  • Smart outfit (for an interview or formal occasion)
  • Swimming kit
  • Pyjamas
  • Underwear
  • Bags
  • Any medication you need
  • Personal supplies (e.g. contact lens solution)

7. Course equipment

You’ll also need stationary, course textbooks and any course-specific equipment:

  • Pens and pencils
  • Ruler
  • Pencil case
  • Highlighters
  • Staplers and stapler
  • Hole punch
  • Notebooks or writing pads
  • Folders
  • Post-It notes
  • Student planner
  • Calculator (if your course involves maths)
  • Textbooks, course literature or mandatory reading
  • Course-specific equipment (for example, a lab coat or art materials).

Checklist for moving into a shared house:

If you’re moving into a shared student house (perhaps you’re in your second year or missed out on university accommodation), there are a couple of extra tasks you’ll need to do before or during move-in day.

1. Look at the inventory

You should have an inventory that will detail everything included in your accommodation and the condition the property should be in. On move-in day, it’s a good idea to check that everything matches the inventory to ensure you’re not unfairly charged for missing items or damage already there.

2. Check you have a Gas Safety Certificate

If your property uses gas, your landlord is legally required to have a Gas Safety Certificate (CP12) for all the gas appliances. If you haven’t already been sent this, you can ask to see it or have it emailed to you.

3. Test the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

It’s also a good idea to check that there’s at least one smoke detector on each floor and that they’re functional. Your landlord should have checked them before you move in, but it’s worth double-checking.

4. Sort out your utilities and broadband

Student halls usually include utility bills and broadband in your accommodation price, but when you move into a privately rented student house or flat, you’ll have to handle the bills yourself (unless the accommodation is all bills included).

There are a couple of options for setting up and paying household bills – you can handle it yourself or use a bill-splitting service. Whatever option you choose, it’s best to get it sorted before you move in to avoid unnecessary stress.

We’ve written ‘The ultimate guide to splitting bills in a shared house in 2023’ to help you out.

How Split The Bills can help

Whether you’re about to move into a shared student house or just thinking ahead for next year, the thought of having to set up and pay utility bills can feel overwhelming. If calling suppliers, setting up direct debits, taking meter readings, and chasing your housemates for payments sounds like your worst nightmare, a bill-splitting service might be for you!

Split The Bills is a simple way to deal with shared household bills. We’ll do all the hard work for you – all you’ll need to do is pay one neat monthly bill (which includes uncapped water and energy, broadband and even a TV licence if you need it). Everything will be split equally between you and your housemates – guaranteeing a complete lack of arguments about who paid who and who has left the heating on again.

Learn more about how we work, or get a monthly price estimate for your shared student house today.


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