The ‘Preparing for University’ Checklist

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The long-awaited A Levels results day is here and many of you will be preparing for the next step. This exciting move is often mixed with a little bit of dread as you frantically try to decide what you will pack for university.

Those who feel they want to prepare for every situation can end up wasting a lot of money on items that are not essential and are usually binned after the first year. The problem with overpacking means that you can quickly run out of room in the car, which can often result in a last-minute re-packing of boxes and unnecessary stress. Aim to travel light; remember that you’ll be moving to a small room with limited space and that you will have to move all this stuff back out again when you relocate to your first university house.

In the spirit of preparation, we list all the products that you will need to take or buy for your university adventure, as well as some optional extras, so that you can check them off as you pack:

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Important Documents

Documents should be your number one priority when packing but can often be neglected in the rush of excitement. University students will need a host of documents in order to complete essential paperwork for things such as the university itself, health centres and banking purposes because you don’t want to be ringing home every time you need one of these items! Remember to keep these documents in a safe place so that they can be accessed when needed.

The document checklist:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license/provisional (2nd form of ID).
  • Official university correspondence
  • Student Loan correspondence
  • Accommodation details and contract
  • Recent banking correspondence and bank card
  • National insurance card
  • NHS number
  • Student discount cards


Collection of Mac electronics.


Only bring what you will realistically use; you will be out enjoying life as a Fresher most of the time, or at university studying. Electronics can take up a lot of room in your suitcase/boxes, and you may find that some student accommodation or university provides the electrical appliances you will need. For example, having your own printer may be useful but can be a big cost when you consider the cost of paper, ink and the initial purchase charge. Many university campuses have printers in their libraries and printing can cost as little as a couple of pence per sheet.

Mobile Phone and Charger

You will need a phone, and its accessories, in order to stay in touch with friends and family back home (as well as your new mates). Living in a new place can be great, but you may feel homesick at times, which can be quickly resolved with a long phone call to home!

Laptop/Desktop Computer

When you are not out with the friends you’ve made at university, the reality is that you will be on your laptop or computer completing assignments. It’s, therefore, important that you have a reliable device that has enough space and speed to have all the applications you will need and to deal with your workload. Buying new Apple laptops can be expensive, even with the student discounts they apply. If you’re on a budget, but in need of a new laptop or computer, you can buy refurbished Apple computers with MacBank. These laptops and desktops are like new but at a fraction of the cost. We even have a massive sale on right now, ready for those going to university!

Remember to consider your working style when choosing your university laptop. If you prefer to work at home with a big screen, a desktop may be a suitable option for you, especially if your university campus has a big library with computers that you can use for printing. Most students, however, enjoy having laptops because they are easily transportable, allowing them to take them to lectures, to the library or friends’ houses for study groups. We have a wide range of Apple MacBook’s to browse.

Extension Cables

Extension cables are particularly useful, and something that everyone usually forgets. You may only have a few plug sockets in your student digs, and this will certainly not be enough to plug in all the electronics in your room. So, if you don’t fancy switching plugs around every time you need to use something, be sure to pack this essential.

USB Memory Stick/External Hard drive

You will be going from home to the university library religiously – even if you do have a desk in your uni room – and you will need a memory stick or external hard drive to complete work or print it off. Be sure to check that your device is compatible with Mac iOS.


Unlike the usual library conventions, the campus library can be a very loud space, as groups of friends gather to ‘work’, which usually ends up in a gossip session about last night’s antics. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find a spot in the designated quiet zone, although, these can get packed in the run-up to major deadlines. This makes head/earphones a life-saver if you are actually trying to get work done.

Optional Electronics:

  • Television
  • Camera
  • Speakers
  • Games Console

Remember that if your electronics are worth more to you than you can afford to lose, insurance on these items is worthwhile. Sometimes your student accommodation will cover the contents of the home, but make sure to check your contracts to understand the level of cover you have and purchase additional insurance if required.



The great thing about going to a university town is that you will find a lot of shops that cater to the students. Whilst stationery is important for university; you should be able to purchase everything you will need when you get to your destination. If you are on a tight budget, however, and you have enough room for it, take as much working stationary as you have.

Stationery essentials include:

  • Pens and pencils
  • Rubber and pencil sharpener
  • Lined notepads (that preferably fit in your rucksack or bag)
  • Binders & sleeves
  • Highlighters
  • Post-it notes
  • Corkboard
  • Calendar/diary
  • Stapler
  • Course Books

Optional Stationery:

  • Art supplies
decorated university bedroom.

Home Essentials and Comforts

This is what will take up a lot of space in the car, but it’s important to separate your belongings into what you will need versus what you would like to take; whilst also remembering that some things can be bought in one of the big supermarkets when you arrive at your destination.

Home Essentials include:

  • Duvet (usually single)
  • Pillow
  • Bedding
  • Kitchenware
  • Clothes (for winter and summer)
  • Hangers
  • Toiletries
  • Medication

Home Comforts include:

  • Cushions
  • Pictures
  • Throws
  • Decorations

And that’s it! You’re packed for university. It’s as simple as that! Check out our store and 20% sale on selected systems today to grab your back to school bargain.