With the vaccine rollouts, it is likely that students may be able to move into the student halls this September once again. It’s important to think about all the little things you may need once you can move, especially for your first year of uni. With this student halls packing list, you will not make the same mistake of forgetting common items like others.
Once it becomes safe to move in, your brain can be very scrambled from trying to think about every single item you will need to live on your own. You may be searching through your university’s website, Reddit, and other forums for answers. To make sure you have all the basics, you can check out our list here and skip the searching.
Even after reading a list of the basics, there are still more items you will need while living in the student halls. You never want to be under packed or unprepared for uni life, so the following items can help you be properly prepared.
A Brita filter is a must-have item when going away to uni. Whether you decide to have a mini-fridge or not, it is best to have this stored in your room for easy access.
This can be very annoying to have to venture out of your room any time you would like a drink of water. By having a Brita you can save time by not having to do this and you won’t end up having to travel in your pajamas at midnight to drink water.
First Aid Kit
No matter where you go, you should always be prepared with a first aid kit. Anything can happen, and it is better to be safe than sorry. Cuts, headaches, or more serious injuries can all be helped by bringing a first aid kit to your room.
Mini Tool Kit
A mini tool kit is an absolute need. You never know when something is going to break down and it is best to always be prepared.
An umbrella is a must-have item but typically forgotten on many student halls packing lists. The weather can be harsh when traveling to classes, and you don’t want yours to break. To avoid the mistake of being the student who shows up to class drenched because their umbrella couldn't last, invest in something sturdy.
When packing for your student hall’s move-in, you might be packing items that require batteries. Desk lamps, fans, speakers, remotes, etc.
It’s very likely that your accommodations will not provide enough plug sockets for everything you plan to bring. An extension lead (or 2) is definitely worth it.
Simply having an iPad, headphones, a phone, and a laptop will already take up more sockets than provided. This is one of the most essential items on this student hall’s packing list.
When trying to fit all your school supplies, notebooks, and textbooks into your desk you may run into some storage issues. Using desk organizers can be a lifesaver when trying to save space. Even if you just want to neatly store your makeup or other things, these desk organizers can help.
Depending on how old the student halls are at your uni, you may be using old furniture. That means uncomfortable desk chairs with little to no cushion. With a lap desk, you can work virtually wherever you want. You can sit on the floor, go to the lounge, or even work on your bed. By bringing one to your room, you are at least giving yourself the option in case your desk chair sucks.
It may not seem like you will ever need a flash drive in uni. Especially with everything being saved in the cloud now like Google docs or Office 365. It is always best to be prepared for the worst and save your important documents on it. You may never know when cloud technology may fail you, and you don’t want to end up losing points on an assignment because you couldn’t turn it in.
Sleep Eye Mask and Ear Plugs
As you'll be sharing halls with a number of other students, you very well may all have different sleeping schedules. To avoid any sound issues whether someone is up very late or your roommate wakes up early a sleeping eye mask and a pair of ear plugs will help.
Celeste Lili is a student life blogger and Content/SEO marketer. She loves to write blog posts that provide value to college and high school students about productivity and lifestyle
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