7 Things Not to Take to University in the UK

There are a lot of articles online that list everything you should bring to University, but there are very few on what not to bring and since most of us are already scared, excited and confused freshers who are reluctant to leave home it’s very easy to bring your whole life with you. Which is why, I’ve compiled of list of seven common items students bring, but really don’t need.

  1. Door stop

For some reason, a door stop is on every list of things you should bring, but it’s more than likely that your door will be a fire door which means that you’re not allowed to prop them open and even if you tried, most door stops won’t be heavy enough to do so.

2. Iron, kettle, microwave and/or toaster

A lot of your halls will provide you with basic utilities, but it’s always wise to double check and so I’d checking your University website because they will usually have descriptions of all of the different accomodations.

3. Mini-fridge

Again, this is on a lot of lists of things you should bring, but this is also a fire safety hazard and so won’t be allowed in a lot of your halls. You could, however, purchase a few storage baskets to store snacks etc. to ensure they don’t go missing or for convience.

4. A-level work

A lot of you may be tempted to bring your a-level work to flick through for help, but I don’t think it’s necessary, your first year is similar to a foundation year in the sense that you will be recapping a lot of information and the lecturers will provide you with handout sheets summarising each lecture’s content.

5. Extensive stationary

The stationary you need will depend on which degree you’re pursuing, however, as an English Literature student and I have found that I only need a few pens, your preferred note-taking method e.g. notebook, iPad or folder and a few extras for the revision period e.g. cue cards, highlighters and A3 paper (hopefully recycled!).

6. Full wardrobe

When you leave in September, only bring the clothes you’ll need until Christmas. Then take them home at Christmas, and swap them over for Spring clothes. At Easter bring back a couple of Summer clothes (but don’t get too optimistic, this is the UK after all). It’s highly unlikely you’ll need all your jumpers, shorts, four different pyjama sets, a ski jacket and flip flops within a term.

7. Large suitcase

I made this mistake, and looking back now I can’t even imagine why I thought I’d need it. Nevertheless, I did bring my large suitcase and it sat on top of my wardrobe all year. A small suitcase (or large bag), however, is perfect for travelling home for the weekend/holidays, because you won’t have to haul it on the train etc. and it won’t encourage you to overpack.

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