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The Top 10 Packing Essentials as Voted by Current Students

The Top 10 Packing Essentials as Voted by Current Students

by Newcastle University

As part of a recent poll, we asked current Newcastle University students what they wished someone had told them to pack when they were a Fresher, and their answers may surprise you...

Packing too many things or forgetting the most important ones are up there as two of the most common Freshers mistakes. So, who better to give you university packing tips than the people who have only recently been there and done that

This is what you need to bring to university

1. Painkillers and multivitamins

You're attending university as the winter months start. What's more, meeting new people and the stress/exhaustion of moving may take its toll. Let's not forget you may also be socialising a lot more than usual, and enjoying a drink or two!

Painkillers and multivitamins were the top voted packing essential by our students, who have personally lived through the fabled 'Freshers Flu.'

Where to find on, or near, Newcastle University campus: SU, Boots Northumberland Street, Sainsburys Northumberland Street

 

2. Adaptors for international students

Is there any worse of a scenario than arriving in the UK after a long journey and being unable to charge your phone? We certainly can't think of one. Don't forget that UK plugs might be different to the ones used back home, so invest in an adaptor or two ahead of your arrival. 

Where to find on, or near Newcastle University campus: Currys PC World Northumberland Street, Argos Eldon Square

 

3. Masks  

There are a lot of places to buy masks in Newcastle. However, do try to make sure you have one handy on your arrival.

At the time of writing, everyone must wear face coverings whenever inside UK stores, to protect others and slow the spread of COVID-19. However, if you have a mental or physical health condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, this is okay. 

Where to find on, or near Newcastle University campus: Eldon Square shopping centre

 

4. Extension leads

University accommodation is built to be as comfortable for you as possible. However, there may be spaces that require an extension lead - especially if you want to study in the communal area or on your bed for example. Extension leads are easily ordered online. 

Where to find on, or near, Newcastle University campus: Currys PC World Northumberland Street, Argos Eldon Square

 

5. Clothes horse

Many university halls come with drying facilities, however for those that don't you may need a clothes horse.

Where to find on, or near, Newcastle University campus: Argos Eldon Square, John Lewis Eldon Square

 

6. Pictures of family and friends 

It's natural to feel homesick in the first few weeks, as you adjust to your new home-from-home. A number of our students suggest packing pictures of family and friends, to personalise your living space and comfort you as you start this new chapter. 

 

7. Toilet roll

Many students wait until they've arrived at their accommodation and got settled before doing a grocery shop. But, some things you just can't put off! Make sure you pack toilet roll ahead of moving in, especially if you will be arriving in your halls after a particularly long journey.

Where to find on, or near, Newcastle University campus: SU, Sainsbury's Northumberland Street

 

8. NOT a toaster or kettle

This one doesn't quite count as a packing essential. In fact, it's the opposite. But this suggestion was a popular one among current students. The reason for this is that not only do many student halls come quipped with basic appliances, but it's also likely all of your housemates will have brought a toaster or kettle themselves. 

The results is several toasters and kettles per flat - which is both unnecessary and a waste of money. Our students suggest holding off on buying a toaster or kettle until you're settled in your new home, and have a better of idea of whether you need one or not.

 

9. Shower caddy

If your halls are quite small or, better yet, if you're going to be sharing a bathroom, then a shower caddy is a good idea to keep your things organised, maximise space and make life easier when it's your turn to use the shower in the morning!

Where to find on, or near, Newcastle University campus: Argos Eldon Square, John Lewis Eldon Square

 

10. Winter clothing and layers

Many students are no stranger to the UK's unpredictable weather conditions, but for many international students the colder temperatures can come as a bit of a shock! Make sure to bring lots of winter clothes and layers to see you through the colder months.

Where to find on, or near Newcastle University campus: Eldon Square shopping centre

 

We hope you have found our latest blog post useful, and look forward to welcoming many of our readers this academic year. If you're worried about what university will be like this year, read our blog on what campus will look like in 2020 for more a detailed picture of what to expect.