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Moving To University Dorms: What To Expect & What To Bring

When you’re headed off to university, it can be hard to know what to expect and what to bring, especially if you’ve never lived away from home before. This month, Rylands Removals are here to help you put together the ultimate checklist that will ensure you have all you need with you once you reach your new university town.


Don’t worry about leaving things behind

You need not stress if you can’t take everything with you, chances are you’ll only take half of your belongings with you because you’ll only be occupying one room. Don’t forget that there will be shops close by and that online shopping exists – so it’s not the be-all and end-all if you have forgotten something.


Be aware of your accommodation

If you have a studio flat, you will be able to see the description online stating what your room already has. This usually includes: beds, desks, drawers, kitchen and fridge/freezer. However, if you’re in shared accommodation with communal areas, it’s best to wait a few weeks to see what other people bring. For example, instead of bringing common things such as kettles and toastie makers, move in first. It’s pointless having one appliance for each individual, not to mention, that will take up a whole lot of room! Sometimes it’s best to take only the essentials, so that you avoid overspending on things you do not need and taking up space in your car on the journey there.


Important documents to take to university

  • Passport
  • Bank debit card
  • National Insurance card
  • Accommodation information and details
  • University acceptance letter
  • Course letters
  • Student loan documentation
  • Student discount cards (inc. railcard)



Electrical bits and bobs to take to university

  • Laptop and charger
  • Phone and charger
  • Toothbrush and charger
  • Headphones
  • Power extension cable
  • Television
  • Games console and games
  • USB sticks
  • Cameras
  • Speakers
  • Hairdryer


Kitchenware to take to university

  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Side plates
  • Glasses
  • Mugs
  • Flat baking tray
  • Tupperware
  • Set of knives
  • Sponges
  • Tea towels
  • Washing up liquid
  • Cleaning products


Bedroom items to take to university

  • Duvets and pillows
  • Bed sheets
  • Mattress protector
  • Sleeping bag
  • Alarm clock
  • Coat hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Clothes dryer
  • Door stop
  • Plants
  • Washing up tablets
  • Fabric softener
  • Lamps
  • Umbrella
  • Ear plugs


Bathroom items to bring to university

  • Two sets of large and small towels
  • Shower gel, soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • Razor
  • Toilet rolls
  • Plasters
  • Small bin
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush


Clothes to take to university

  • Coats
  • Jackets
  • Casual wear
  • Going out clothes
  • Shoes, trainers and heels
  • Sports wear
  • Fancy dress – most universities enjoy a night out in fancy dress!
  • Dressing gown
  • Underwear

You may be thinking about bringing food too but let’s face it, it’s better nipping to the shops once you have received the keys and unloaded the car into your university dorms.

If you’re looking for help moving to university, call the professionals who can make your trip just that bit easier. Based in Manchester, Rylands Removals have helped numerous students move to universities including Manchester Metropolitan and nationwide. Give our friendly team a call today and let’s get you scheduled in!