Many students move away from the family home for University, either to get closer to their place of study, to become independent, or both (or perhaps something totally different). Moving for anybody can be stressful, but as a young person who is possibly moving miles from home, it can cause a lot of anxiety. The best and most simplest way to make the moving experience easier is to make a checklist. This way, you’ll know if you have everything you need before you leave and won’t be left in your new place without essentials! Here’s a checklist you could use:
- Shower gel
- Plates, bowls and cups
- Oven trays
- Food (enough for at least 3 days to start)
- Washing up liquid
- Clothes and shoes
- Washing detergent and fabric softener
- Clothes hangers
- Bins and laundry hampers
- Any entertainment devices you want to take (TV, Laptop, etc).
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc).
- Hair dryer/straighteners/curlers
- Painkillers (or any medication you need)
It’s not just packing you’ll need a checklist for. If you’re moving, chances are you’ll also need to make sure you switch to health providers and many other services that are nearby. As well as switching, you’ll also want to know where essentials like your local bank are. You don’t want to be left doing this as you move in as it might make your first few weeks quite stressful, or you might get stuck if you need one of these services and haven’t transferred, so make sure these are sorted before you move:
- Find your nearest bank branch
- Find your nearest supermarket
- Find your nearest hospital/A&E
- Find your nearest shopping centre
What Will I Need For Uni?
Much like with school, you’ll need to go out shopping for essential equipment. University essentials may be more expensive due to needing books, laptops, programmes, and so on, so it may be a good idea to leave the more expensive parts until after your maintenance loan comes in. Before doing this, you should also make sure you’ve done everything your University tells you to do before you join (such as setting up a student email), as it may make things more difficult when you do start if you don’t complete these things.
- Books (which your tutors have said you need)
Extras (may vary depending on course)
- Microsoft Word (or equivalent)
- Maths set
- Extra reading material
Let’s be honest, most people are looking forward to University because they’re excited about the social aspect of it. Whilst it’s incredibly important that you knuckle down and study for your course, a huge part of the experience is meeting new people and having fun, so you’ll need a social life too! With plenty of student services offering discounts on fashion, drinks, food, entertainment, and much more, here are some services I’d recommend which will help you make the most of your extra money:
- Sign up for UniDays
- Buy an NUS card
- Subscribe to Amazon Prime Student
- Get Student Spotify or Apple Music
- Buy a 16-25 Railcard
Hopefully, if you use these checklists, you’ll feel less stressed and more prepared! These checklists are designed to be the minimum necessities and/or are from my own personal experience and recommendations, so please do add anything else you can think of to your checklist, and good luck!