Getting ready for university is all fun and games until you have to actually pack. There’s nothing fun about sorting through all your belongings and figuring out what you need for an entire year.
As it’s probably your first time moving away from home, you’re almost guaranteed to over pack for university, taking a number of items you may not need or might not use.
It can be very tempting to empty your entire wardrobe into your luggage, just to be sure you have enough outfit choices. This should be avoided where possible from a practical point of view, as most university halls often don’t have generous wardrobe space.
Most students would confirm that an iron is the most unnecessary item in a student home. Either you’ll stop caring about wrinkled clothes or you’ll find ‘inventive’ ways to straighten them out - like bringing them into the bathroom whilst showering and letting the steam do the work.
Basic kitchen appliances like kettles, toasters and microwaves will usually be provided in student halls or accommodation. Try to pack just the essentials, a couple of plates, some cutlery, the odd pan, and a mug. Your flat mates are bound to have brought some pots and pans with them too and there really is no need for five colanders!
You will be provided with a list of books recommended for your course. Resist the urge to buy any of these before starting uni. Not only are they often heavy and take up a lot of luggage space, they could also be a waste of money as you won’t need every single one of them. Wait until you’ve started your course and decide which books you absolutely need to purchase and which ones can be borrowed from the library.
Unless your course requires you to print a lot of material (most won’t), having your own printer can mean you’ll be bombarded with requests from friends asking if you could ‘just print one little page’ for them. The university’s library printers will be just as handy and often more cost effective. If you do run out of printer credits, buying more is still cheaper than getting your own ink cartridge.
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