If you’re on the lookout for a first-year university checklist, we’re taking an educated guess that you are about to start this fall. It’s okay, feel free to let out your existential screams about being an adult here. We’ll wait.
Ok, how are you? If the answer is still “no excuse me, I’m utterly terrified to move out into a new place by myself with new people and new surroundings and I want to crawl up into a ball and cry” – we feel you.
But trust us – university is so worth it. You can look forward to new friendships, expanding your knowledge, and the new-found panic of running late for a lecture.
We can make the chapter to your new life a little easier by helping with the all-important first-year University checklist you’ll no doubt have started. Hopefully, you would’ve packed some sensible things, like plates and tampons and tea towels, but you know what’s even more important?
The odd, non-sensical items that you didn’t know you needed. For example, it may not cross your mind to bring a pack of playing cards with you to uni, but boy they are so important for bonding with your flatmates.
Never fear, friends – we’ve got the low-down on the 29 things unexpected items to buy for your first year at university, recommended by the heat team (who are all graduates wishing for their youth at uni back). We’ve categorized this first-year university checklist into things like kitchenware, bedroom knick-knacks and health & well-being goodies. Trust us, you’ll be kicking yourself that you didn’t remember to pack them.
SHOP: 29 things you didn’t know you needed if you’re about to start Uni
First Year University Checklist: Socialising
Gardenista Premium Large Garden Scatter Cushion
For hanging out in your room
A lot of first-year student halls won’t have living rooms, just a straight-up kitchen, so you may have to improvise if you want to hang out as a flat. A great idea is to buy some inexpensive garden cushions like these so your roommates can chill in your room without getting a numb bum. Plus they’re waterproof, so no Sourz Apple stains here.
Large White Glitter Fairy Wings
For fancy-dress parties
Ok, so one thing you never think to bring until it’s too late is fancy dress. Freshers week is full of fancy dress parties/nights out, so you don’t want to be caught short. A pair of fairy wings are perfect, you can pair it with any old dress, and they’re easy to store under your bed.
First Year University Checklist: The Kitchen
Cloud Sliders for Women and Men Non-Slip
To keep your feet clean in communal areas
Ok so, student hall kitchens can be… a sight to behold. Unfortunately, not everyone has been taught basic cleanliness growing up, so you might end up with flatmates that chuck their lasagne all over the tiled floor at 3 am and don’t clean it up. Sliders are your best friend, and we love these cloud sliders because they’re waterproof, so you can also wear them if you have communal bathrooms.
essen Meal Prep Containers (10pk)
For meal prep
If you want to actually cook yourself proper meals for yourself (impressive) then meal prepping will be your best friend. These containers are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe 🙌.
Dishmatic Value Pack Kit
To make washing up…fun?
We will never get over the invention of the Dishmatic. If you’re using student kitchens, you’ll want to have some dish-cleaning equipment for yourself, and there’s nothing cooler than a Dishmatic. Are we getting a bit too excited about a dish brush? Perhaps. No regrets.
First Year Uni Checklist: Your Bedroom
Sleep Eye Mask for Women & Men
To get a good night’s sleep
Just like the earbuds, an eye mask is also a great buy if you rely on your beauty sleep. Student hall lights tend to stay on all night (in case a stray student needs to stumble in drunk at 4 am) so if you appreciate the dark, you’ll want to grab these.
First Year Uni Checklist: Health and Welfare
66 Piece Travel First Aid Kit
To keep you safe
Having a cupboard of first-aid essentials is expected in your family home- so you need to remember to create your own first-aid collection in your new home too. This first aid kit is affordable and has 66 items so you’ll never be without something.
Lemsip, Vitamin Boosts and Throat Lozenges
To survive Fresher’s Flu
Beware: Fresher’s Flu is a thing, and it can knock you down hard. However, you can make it much easier on yourself by preparing beforehand with Lemsips and lozenges galore.
Lemsip Max Day and Night Cold and Flu Relief Capsules from Amazon here.
120 Vitamin Energy Boost Effervescent Tablets from Amazon here.
Strepsils Honey and Lemon Lozenges For Sore Throat from Amazon here.
Luxja Travel Laundry Bags, Camping Laundry Backpack
To lug your clothes to the laundromat
You’ll soon be missing your washing machine at home because laundry at university is a pain in the ass*see. Expect to be lugging a bag to and fro from the laundromat in your pajamas (don’t worry, everyone will be doing the same). Make the journeys easier with this rucksack laundry bag (genius?!) that comes with hooks so you can hang it on your door.
And that’s it for our list of odd, unusual items you have to remember for your first-year university checklist. Being kitted out with unexpected items like this will make the experience a lot easier.
We believe in you! You can do it! And don’t forget to bring cake or biscuits with you on move-in day – instant friend-making material.