Everyday Essentials For Student Accommodation

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You're undoubtedly becoming more excited as your scheduled departure for university approaches, envisioning yourself nestled into your dormitory, which you've adorned with decorations and photographs, organizing pre-drinks in your well-furnished kitchen.

But before that, it's important to think about storage solutions and organization basics for university students who are settling into student accommodations to get the academic year started successfully.

The following is our entire university checklist, which includes everything a university student could require.

While packing, take a close look at the entire checklist and cross off each item.


Check with your accommodation to see what they supply. Some Universities may choose not to provide their students with anything, while others may provide the necessities such as Duvets and bedding.

  • Base sheet/mattress protector
  • 2 sets of sheets, 2 sets of duvet covers, 2 sets of a pillowcase
  • Duvet
  • Pillows
  • Laundry bin
  • Clothes hangers
  • Alarm clock
  • Desk lamp

Electrical Goods 

Often, many Universities ban certain electrical items from their university dorms for safety reasons. Therefore, to ensure you don’t end up wasting your money on banned items, check with the University as to which items are permitted.

  • Ethernet cable: You never know how good the internet in your room will be.
  • Extension Cable
  • Laptop/phone/tablet
  • Chargers: if you want to avoid friendly stealing, put your initials on them.
  • Straighteners/hairdryers, etc.

Bathroom Necessities 

You may be sharing a bathroom with five other people, with one person, or with your own. If you're splitting with a large group, it's good to coordinate some products, so you don't wind up having six of them.

  • Bathroom mat
  • Soap
  • Holder for toothbrushes
  • Using an air freshener, especially if you're sharing a room, is a good idea
  • Toiletries to bring to the university
  • A pair of flannels
  • 2 towel sets
  • Toothbrush
  • Pain relievers and cold medication.
  • a pair of nail clippers

Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, moisturizer, make-up remover, and deodorant are some of the products available (plus personal essentials such as medication or contact lens solution). 

Kitchen Supplies

Check out what your halls have to offer; many will have a dining area with a kettle, microwave, and toaster, and your bedroom will likely have a small fridge like the student housing in Bath and Oxford.

Also, double-check what you're not permitted to bring — rice cookers and sandwich toasters.

  • 2x mugs: expect them to break, so don't pack your beloved ones
  • A set of tableware: you never know when you'll be late for supper and must rely on takeout or a ready-made dish. The same argument applies to a bowl and a plate.
  • Pre-drinks glasses: get inexpensive (perhaps even plastic) ones because you'll undoubtedly lose them around other people's flats.


Aside from the basic first aid kit and the following supplies, it's very important to have all the emergency numbers of your area memorized.

  • Prescriptions and personal medicines
  • Basic first aid
  • Information about your current GP and doctor's office
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Condoms and/or birth control medications

Study Material 

You are definitely going to need this at your student accommodation because those late-night projects would require you to focus completely on your work and not be left wandering on the streets to get a ball pen.

While student accommodation in Cambridge is one of the few places where students can find stationery inside the building itself, it's better safe than sorry.

  • A desk lamp (and, in certain cases, a desk) is generally provided by your lodging, but double-check.
  • Many of these factors are influenced by how you study and whether you take notes by hand or on your computer.
  • Folders: You may not know if you'll need one every module or one large one per year at this point, but it's a good idea to start with one or two.
  • Wallets made of plastic
  • A notepad and/or lined paper
  • Academic planner/diary
  • Pens in black and blue
  • Highlighters
  • Pencils in vivid shades
  • Check your book list and purchase any books that you believe are necessary. If you're not sure about something, wait to ask your instructor or check your library.

Top tip: make sure you obtain the exact version listed on the university website.


If you're still confused about what to bring to student housing and whether or not you'll need to buy anything ahead of time, consider heading to your student housing with very minimal baggage.

This will ensure that you don't buy anything unnecessary; after all, it'll be just as simple to get what you need once you've moved in, either alone or with your newfound roommates.

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Author’s Bio

Archit is an avid writer who is currently pursuing his bachelors in political science from Delhi University. When not writing, he can be found reading, taking the Metro and then questioning this decision, and haunting local bookstores.