Get Ready for Uni With This University Essentials List
September 15, 2021
University term time is about to begin and now is the time to make sure you have all of your university essentials packed and ready to go. Deciding what to take can be difficult, especially if you’re a first-year student. At Ryman, we want to make packing for uni as easy as possible. We have prepared the ultimate university packing list that's full of all the back to uni essentials you’ll need.
University Packing List
Moving away from home is a big deal, and you'll want your home comforts with you. The majority of uni halls and student rentals will have a bed provided so you shouldn’t need to worry about that. Which leaves you able to focus on the fun things!
Uni Bedroom Essentials List
First things first, you need a space to do your work. A great space-saving desk is our Bray Corner Home Office Desk (£39.99). Perfect for rooms of all sizes, it'll slot easily into any corner of your bedroom. It also has built-in storage for your files and folders. Once your desk is sorted, you’ll be needing an office chair! For maximum style and comfort, we recommend the Ophelia Velvet Tub Office Chair with Massage Pillow (£89.99). It’s available in grey and pink, so you can be sure that you’ll find one that suits your colour scheme.
To accompany your desk and office chair, why not get a laptop stand? You’ll be typing up a lot of essays at uni and hunching over your laptop to write them won’t be good for your posture. The Fellowes I-Spire Laptop Quick Lift Riser (£14.99) is perfect for you to get your work done while minimising the chance of developing neck pain.
You don’t want to be working in the dark, so get yourself a desk lamp. The Premier Housewares Desk Lamp (£12.99) is ideal for helping prevent eye strain while you’re working. You don’t want to be struggling for light when you’re pulling those all-nighters!
Take being clutter-free to the next level and get yourself some storage boxes. Underbed storage is the perfect home for items that you don’t necessarily need daily. The STRATA Curve Underbed Plastic Storage Box (£14.00) is perfect for this. Plus, it comes in a pack of three! You’ll have plenty of storage with these 30-litre boxes.
University Bathroom Shopping List
Even if you’re lucky enough to have your own bathroom at uni, you’ll need somewhere to store your shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. Getting a shower caddy like the Premier Housewares Wire Basket (£19.99) is ideal for storing all of your shower essentials. The handles make it easy to carry to and from your bathroom, which is great if you’re sharing- you don’t want anyone else using your stuff!
To keep your bathroom clean, you need a cleaning set. The Charles Bentley 5 Piece Bathroom Cleaning Set (£17.99) is perfect for students needing to keep their bathroom clean. Included is a toilet brush with a holder, shower squeegee, plunger and an iron scrub brush. You’ll be armed and ready to give your bathroom a good clean every week!
Bathroom cleaning is covered, you need to clean your clothes now. The Brabantia Rectangular Laundry Bag (£27.99) can hold 55 litres of laundry. The best feature of this laundry bag is that it folds out so you can carry it like a shoulder bag. No need to worry about how you’ll carry your laundry to the washing machine. Just make sure you don’t leave it so long it becomes too heavy to carry to the laundry room.
Every bathroom needs a bin. A perfectly sized bathroom bin is the Brabantia 5L Newlcon Pedal Bin (£26.99). It’s just the right size for make-up wipes, empty toothpaste tubes and other bathroom waste. Make sure you’ve got this on your university essentials list!
What You Need For Your Uni Kitchen
First of all, you’ll need a sturdy set of pans. If you buy the right set, these are the only pans you’ll ever need while you’re at uni, so it’s worth investing in them. We recommend the Swan Retro Frying Pan Set of 2 (£25.99) and the Swan Retro Saucepan Set of 3 (£49.99). Sturdy and reliable, these pans will last you for your whole university life and beyond. Plus, they come in a lot of different colours!
You can’t eat all the fabulous meals you’ll be cooking with your hands. Luckily for you, we have brilliant sets of knives and forks (£5.99 per set). You won’t have to eat spaghetti without cutlery! But will you use the cutlery to eat pizza? We will leave that one up to you.
Students aren’t known for having the best diets in the world. Make sure you’re still getting your fruit and veg by blending up some smoothies with the Smart Master Stainless Steel Bullet (£59.99). It’s quick, easy and will stop mum from fretting about you not getting your 5-a-day.
The University Essentials- Uni Technology and Stationery Checklist
The Tech Essentials
A laptop is essential for important research and typing up essays. Now, you need to make sure your laptop can type up your essays, help you with research and allow you to attend online classes. The ASUS VivoBook E210MA (£229.99) is a compact and reliable laptop that will put you at the top of the class. With a built-in webcam and 12 hours of battery life, you won’t have to worry about it cutting you off in the middle of a seminar.
Save yourself the hassle of waiting in a long queue of students all trying to print their essays in the library, and bring your own printer. The HP Deskjet 2710e All-in-One Printer will have your essays printed quickly and looking great. It has excellent quality colour printing and it’s wireless. Currently, this printer is only £44.99 so get deadline ready now! You can see our full list of the best printers for students here.
A speaker is an absolute must for uni. You need something to play your concentration and party playlists on. Also, playing familiar music will help you settle into a new space a lot easier. The KitSound BoomCube Portable Bluetooth Speaker (£19.99) is the perfect size for travelling to uni and taking to house parties. With 6 hours of play time, you’ll be set to focus on your work or dance the night away with your friends.
You can’t head off to uni without packing a good quality pair of headphones. How else will you tune out all the library chit chat and concentrate? The 1More E1026BT Stylish Earbuds (£25.00) are perfect for keeping you focused in the library and keep you company on your walks across campus. An absolute must for uni!
University Stationery Checklist
You absolutely will be needing stationery at university! Come deadline season you’ll be wanting all the notes you can get.
To take your notes, you’ll be wanting something to write in and write with. Ryman has a brilliant selection of pens and notebooks, all ready to help you succeed. We would recommend the Oxford Campus Pastel A4 Wirebound Notebook (£11.99) for your studies. They come in a pack of three, so you can have different notebooks for different modules, which we would highly recommend.
Now you’ve got your notebooks, you need your pens! We recommend using the BiC 4-Colour Medium Ballpoint Rose Gold Pack of 3 (£7.99) pens. These pens each contain four colours, black, blue, green and red, which will help make your notes look neat!
Don’t head to uni without a good pack of highlighters! The STABILO BOSS Pastel Highlighters (£9.99) come in a pack of 8 assorted colours, and they’re currently on a buy one get one free offer. Stock up while you can, you’ll need them to highlight the important information in your uni notes. You’ll thank yourself for it when revising.
Put all of your lovely pens in a pencil case so they’re not rolling around in your bag causing chaos. Our Clear Pencil Case (£1.49) will easily fit all of your pens in and it can be personalised! Add your name and reduce the risk of a pencil case mix-up in the lecture halls.
You’ll have so many lectures to attend and essays to write, you’re going to need help keeping track of everything. Our Eden Weekly Planner (£4.99) is perfect for noting down deadlines, lecture times and keeping track of whose turn it is to empty the kitchen bin. The last thing you want is to suddenly wake up at midnight realising you have an essay due the next day. Take away that stress and get a weekly planner.
Make sure you’re ready to head back to uni with Ryman, add all of these university essentials to your packing list and you’ll be good to go!