What to bring to uni

Things to consider before you start packing

  • You’ve got to be able to carry and move it!
  • Prioritise things you’ll need for the first few days and weeks.
  • You can get most things in Leeds — it’s a great city for shopping, and has everything from kitchen utensils, food from all over the world to cheap homewares to decorate your room.
  • Autumn in Leeds can be lovely and warm, or freezing! Make sure you’ve got a warm coat (and maybe an umbrella).
A warm sunny autumn day on campus

What shall I pack?

  • If you’re going to live in University accommodation, you can find out what’s already in your flat so you don’t end up bringing things you don’t need to.
  • If you’re staying in private accommodation and you have details of your flatmates, get in touch and agree who’s bringing what beforehand. No-one needs six kettles.
Remember, you’ve got to be able to move all of your belongings when you arrive

How to turn good packing into great packing

  • Pictures and photos of friends and family (and pets!) Print them off now before you arrive.
  • Things that remind you of home — posters, teddies, cards and your bedside clock can all make your new room feel like it’s yours.
  • Plants — if you’re travelling from within the UK, then your houseplants can be brought with you. If you’re coming to Leeds from abroad, you’ll pick up some houseplants from shops or even from a plant sale on campus, often for about £5.
Posters and plants can make your new room seem like home
  • Skills and instructions. If someone in your family makes an amazing meal, or you’ve been developing those essential life skills before moving away from home (using a washing machine anyone?) and you’ve got some recipes or instructions, then make sure you’ve got them with you.
  • A battery pack and phone cable. Your phone is probably your most important and useful possession, right? Having a battery pack and cable that you can slip into a pocket or bag when you’re out and about will mean you’ll always be able to keep in touch, find your way round and hopefully take some amazing pics!

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