University checklist

There are a variety of different check-lists available. This is a simplified, shortened list of some key essentials which I recommend having ready over summer, rather than a comprehensive list as this varies on students’ needs. You can download a pdf version of the checklist below, here.

King’s Residences also have a check-list on what and what not to bring if you are moving away from home, which you can find here.

General and important documents

  • Valid government ID e.g. passport/driver’s licence
  • Accommodation contract (if applicable)
  • Student finance documents (if applicable) e.g. payment dates
  • Vaccination/medical history – ensure you talk to your GP in case you are due any vaccines before leaving
  • Student bank account information


  • Laptop (optional) – King’s libraries have a number of PCs available alternatively
  • USB stick
  • Mobile phone
  • Audio devices (e.g. headphones and/or portable speaker)
  • Entertainment (e.g. game console)

Kitchen checklist:

I recommend around 2 of each item including..

  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Mugs
  • Glasses (plastic cups are also worth bringing)
  • Reusable water bottle and coffee cup
  • Cutlery set
  • Chopping board
  • Pans and a wok
  • Saucepan and lid
  • Oven tray
  • Tea towel

Once you arrive, if you are  in  shared accommodation, I suggest discussing how you may be able to share some things such as measuring jugs, can openers etc. You and your flatmates could also consider a community budget for things such as bin bags, washing up liquid and appliances, e.g kettles, to save each person individually buying their own.

Toiletries & bathroom:

  • Bath & hand towel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste – you’ll be getting a lot throughout the course but make sure to bring at least one to start with!
  • Shampoo, shower gel etc
  • Medicines e.g. paracetamol


  • Several t-shirts
  • Shirts
  • Other tops
  • Jumpers
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jeans
  • Smart trousers and shoes
  • Underwear and socks
  • Pyjamas
  • Gloves, hat and scarf
  • Trainers
  • Fancy dress clothes you may have!

Please remember this isn’t a comprehensive list but key essentials you may want to consider bringing.


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