There are endless guides on what to bring to uni, endless youtube videos that go through every single thing people are bringing, but you know what? None of those guides are ever geared towards international students who might only have a single suitcase to fill and not an entire car. So, this is for you.
At uni, there are a lot of things you’re going to need. Clothes, things to study with, bedding, kitchen stuff etc. Domestic students might buy all of these things at home and then just cart them all off to uni when it’s time for move-in day. However, you don’t have that luxury. I’ve compiled a list of stuff that you need in your room. Things in bold is stuff you should bring from home, the rest can be bought. Pack the bold things first, then pack things you already own and after that fill your suitcase with other things from the list that you have to buy.
Your dorm will have: a bed, a bedside table, a desk, a desk chair, a wardrobe, some kind of whiteboard. My room did at least so that’s what I’ve accounted for.
Passport (and a copy of it on your computer and phone - this saved my life when my passport was stolen at the airport)
University admissions letter (if you have issues at the airport)
Student Finance documents
Bank details (if you are using your bank at home at all)
Laptop and charger
Phone and charger
Calculator (make sure to get one that is approved by your university)
Plates and stuff - 1 big plate, 2 small plates, 2 yoghurt/soup bowls, 2 glasses, mugs from home, forks, knives, spoons, small spoons (4 of each) <– that’s what I brought and it has served me well.
1 frying pan - I recommend getting a good one. I got a ceramic 28cm one on sale for £18. Totally worth it and
Sharp knives - Once again, I recommend getting good ones. My flatmates borrow mine almost every day.
1 chopping board
1 baking tray
Tupperware - this goes hand in hand with my top tip: cooking your own food and making it in advance.
Dish cloths or sponges
A tin opener
Bottle opener with a corkscrew
If you’re a baker: Measuring jug, Measuring tools - 5ml, 15ml, 100ml (aka 1dl), Whisk, Bowl
Cheese slicer - essential for any Swede, bring it from the mother country!
Zip lock bags or plastic bags
Spatula - buy a plastic one
Water filter - not strictly necessary, but I hate the taste of Glasgow water; it tastes and smells like pool water. With my BRITA filter it goes away.
Tea pot - I’m a loose leaf kind of girl
Bedding - 2 sets of bedsheets, duvet covers, pillow cases. GET THE RIGHT SIZE!
Duvet - this is a tricky one. You might be a cold or hot sleeper and you might be going to a place with a climate you’re not used to. I’ve got a down duvet because down is good at being warm when it’s cold and cool when it hot. That being said, I’m not a cold sleeper so I have a thinner duvet.
Blanket - truly essential
Hangers - check out your wardrobe first so that you know you have something to hang your hangers on.
Extra wardrobe shelves - My wardrobe barely had any shelves so I got this ikea textile shelf thing that you hang from the clothes rail. But once again, check out your wardrobe before you buy anything.
Hanger for door - great to hang towels on if you don’t have a hanger in your bathroom.
Laundry bag - just use the ikea bag (if you’re going to ikea *hint hint*)
Something to keep your underwear in
2 bath towels and 1 hand towel
Toothbrush (and maybe a toothbrush holder)
Medicine: painkillers (paracetamol and ibuprofen), cold medicine, cough medicine, plasters, blister plasters, any personal medication.
Condoms - stay safe!
A sewing kit.
White tac or other things that you can use to put things on walls.
Candles - but you’re probably not going to be allowed them if you live in dorms
Lamp for bedside table
Books - if you read
Clothes and bags- and that’s just a whole separate post