What not to take to uni: 18 things you do not need to bring

05 Aug 2019,
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

The leap from home to university is one of the most exciting moves you’ll ever make. And it’s a move you’ll find a lot easier if you’re not carrying lots of stuff you won’t need.

You may be starting a new life, but that doesn’t mean your old one has to come with you.

Here are 18 things to leave at home when you move to uni this September.

1) Pets

Let’s get the tough bit out of the way first. You can’t take your pets to uni. Cats, dogs, rabbits, snakes, fish, rodents - wherever you’re staying, they won’t be allowed. So start spending quality time with your animal friends now, to make the parting easier.

2) Ashtrays

Most halls and purpose-built student accommodation are no-smoking zones. They usually have outdoor areas for that, with built-in ashtrays. So, if you’re a smoker, leave your ashtray at home. You won’t need it.

Read more: 6 Things your favourite housemate doesn't do

3) Speakers

Nobody will begrudge you a small bluetooth speaker or docking station. Bring it along. But lugging huge speakers to shared accommodation, and drilling deep bass into everybody’s rooms, will make you spectacularly unpopular very quickly.

4) Candles

For obvious fire safety reasons, most student accommodation providers don’t allow candles or any other naked flames. For a nice scent, use a reed diffuser. For a soft glow, pick up some battery-powered LED tealights.

Read more: Keep your Unite home safe from fire

5) Stationery

It’s a tough moment for every first year student - realising you’ll probably never need another protractor in your life. Fear not. The bags of free stationery you get at the Freshers’ Fair will more than make up for the new pencil case you didn’t get to buy.

6) Car

Some of our properties do have parking spaces, but there aren’t enough for everybody and they’re generally sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Get a student railcard instead, or enjoy your 10% Megabus discount.

7) Kettle

Or a toaster. Or a microwave. These things should come as standard in most student kitchens. If they don’t, club together with your flatmates and head to Wilko when you get there.

Things you might want to take? A Nutribullet or a George Foreman grill*, if you’ve got them.

*Other blenders and portable electric grills are available.

8) Books

I used to find it comforting to be surrounded by the books I’ve read. But then I moved out and discovered the soul-destroying agony of moving them. Leave your literature at home, you’ll have plenty of new stuff to read.

9) Printer

You may experience the odd printing emergency at uni. When the deadline is in 20 minutes and you’ve just finished typing, for example. But bringing your own printer isn’t the answer. Print at the library instead. Or, if you live with us, print at home with our partner Printt.

Read more: How to print at Unite properties with the Printt app

10) Iron

An iron in a student flat is little more than a textile-related ornament. You know the way All Saints have Singer sewing machines collecting dust in their shop windows? Don’t bring an iron. There’s bound to be one you can borrow when you need to.

11) Bedding

You will of course need bedding. But you might not need to take it with you. Instead, take a look at our bedding packs. We’ll deliver it to your room in time for moving-in day, and it’ll include: a duvet, pillow, covers for both, and a sheet. There are options for all bed sizes and a colour to suit everybody.

Prices start at just £45.

Find out more about our bedding packs

12) Hoover

If you’re living in purpose-built student accommodation, it’s highly unlikely you’ll need your own vacuum cleaner. Your floor or your flat will have one to share. Your landlords might even provide a cleaning service. Either way, you don’t need to bring your own.

13) Clothes and shoes

You do need clothes and shoes. You just don’t need every piece or pair you own. A week’s worth of underwear, and a few options each for smart and casual outfits. You really won’t need your whole wardrobe. And you probably won’t have enough space to store it.

14) DVDs

Everything will be on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime eventually. And there’s plenty there now to get stuck in to on cold winter nights. So come on, let the DVDs go. Stick them in the loft or take them to a charity shop before you move.

15) Old college work

It’s easy to think your history A Level work will come in handy at uni. In reality though, you’d probably never look at it. The academic slate is wiped clean after sixth form, so don’t bother lugging any old essays or textbooks with you.

16) Kitchen stuff

Some students arrive at uni carrying everything but the kitchen sink. But you don’t have to. Our kitchen packs start at just £55, and contain all the essentials for one person: pots and pans, cutlery, plates and bowls - plus some of the other fancy bits.

All delivered to your room in time for your arrival.

Find out more about our kitchen packs

17) SIM card

Living with us from September? This may be the ideal time to run down your mobile phone contract. When you get to your Unite Students room, you’ll find a free SIM card from giffgaff.

You can use it in your existing phone, and you’ll get £5 free credit when you top up your first £10 - plus more free credit when you refer friends.

Find out more about your free SIM card from giffgaff

18) Sofa

This might seem obvious but it’s one we get asked a lot. You won’t have space in your flat to bring a sofa, or any other bulky bits of furniture.

But all our rooms come fully-fitted with the furniture you need. And if you do need some sofa time, all our buildings have a shared common room where you can lounge to your heart’s content.

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By Unite Students
Staff writer at The Common Room