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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

We asked some of our 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 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 a worse 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:  Argos Eldon Square

 

3. Masks / Face Coverings

There is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings in indoor settings or on public transport in the UK. On campus and in public spaces, you may still choose to use a mask, especially in crowded areas or on public transport. There are a lot of places to buy masks in Newcastle, but it will still be wise to bring one along with you.

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 can also be easily ordered online. 

Where to find on, or near, Newcastle University campus:  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 or airer.

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

 

6. Home decor

It's natural to feel homesick in the first few weeks at university as you adjust to your new home-from-home. A number of our students suggest packing some home comforts to personalise your living space and make your new place feel as familiar as possible before you start your new chapter here in Newcastle. This can include things like pictures of friends and family, a familiar smelling diffuser or air freshener, blankets and/or cushions from home. These are just small touches, but they will definitely provide some comfort if you need it!

 

7. Toilet roll

Many students wait until they've arrived at their accommodation and are settled in 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 equipped with basic appliances, but it's also likely all your housemates will have brought a toaster or kettle themselves. 

The result 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 to 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 and particularly 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, but for some international students the colder climate can come as a bit of a shock!

Make sure you bring lots of winter clothes and layers to see you through the colder months and don't forget to pack some slippers and/or sliders to keep your toes toasty around your flat.

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

 

We hope you have found our blog post useful, and look forward to welcoming many of our readers in the new academic year.