Jordan Holdsworth

The ‘What-to-bring’ Checklist

From the moment you receive your UCAS offer, it’s all hands on deck; joining Facebook groups, checking your Student Loan and imagining what life will be like when you’re finally classed as a ‘student’.  When your accommodation offer comes through – it’s even better! And whilst excitement builds, each year incoming students struggle to find a comprehensive guide of everything they’ll need when they arrive and thus they feel unprepared.

It’s understandable. For most of our lives we had the whole ‘living’ thing covered. So, what do you actually need to live independently?

Ellipsis are here to help! Hopefully the list we’ve provided below will help with the final shop, before loading up the car. Of course, different types of accommodation might have some of this stuff already, so it’s always worth checking whether they can supply a contents itinerary just so you know what you don’t need to spend money on. When you accept your accommodation, the University of Liverpool will provide a list of contents in your online induction. Consider this list as a guide, to get you thinking about what you ‘might’ need.



  • Food + Snacks (A no brainer really. It’s a good idea, particularly for the first few weeks, to plan out your meals. You’ll be pretty busy and don’t want to spending huge amounts of time deciding which veg goes best with cottage pie. It might be better to buy your food on arrival, there’d a Lidl store about 5 minutes walk from the north campus, if you’re living nearby.)
  • Drinks (Unless you’re an avid fan of water.)
  • Condiments (Salt, Pepper & Sugar are usually a good starting point. You can build the rest up through the year with sauces and spices…)
  • Oil


  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cups (and perhaps Mugs?)
  • Cutlery
  • Wooden Spoon(s)
  • Tea towel
  • Sponge/cleaning cloth
  • Washing up Liquid
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Mixing Bowl(s)
  • Baking Tray (it might also be useful to get a small roasting tray.)
  • Colander
  • Pyrex Dish (not essential, but proved useful to have for home cooking.)
  • Spatula
  • Ladle (large spoon)
  • Kitchen Knife (multiple may be handy to have.)
  • Chopping Boards
  • Corkscrew
  • Peeler
  • Sandwich bags (Sandwiches are a low cost lunch choice if you’re on campus all day.)
  • Pots and Pans (at least one frying pan and one saucepan.)

Accommodation will usually provide at least one or two cupboards for you to use – you should be able to fit the above equipment into one.


  • Duvet + Pillows
  • Duvet Cover and Pillowcases (Perhaps take two sets and then they can be changed quickly when needed.)
  • Mattress Cover
  • T-shirts/shirts/dresses/shoes/underwear… (Weather in Liverpool is a bit of a mixed bag, so be sure to pack appropriately.)
  • Spare storage boxes (always useful, since you might not get all your clothes into one wardrobe. Consider as well that you might get some storage under your bed, depending on your accommodation. Useful for transporting things to and from home.)
  • Bin
  • Laptop (not essential since the campus has computers all over, but more convenient and provides entertainment at home, providing you have WiFi. You’ll get free Microsoft Office and Sophos Anti-Virus when you activate your UoL computing account.)
  • Printer (same as above – not essential, but sometimes convenient – particularly around deadlines.)

You might also consider:

  • Posters (If you have none, no worries… you’ll get loads at the Welcome Fair.)
  • Blu Tack
  • Pictures
  • Stationary (including folders, plastic wallets and notepads – unless you’re working solely on your laptop.)
  • TV (and licence if you’re watching in live time.)


  • Toiletries
  • Bathroom Cleaner and Cloth
  • Towels (Both a hand towel and bath towel are useful, and perhaps having a spare set makes life a bit easier.)
  • Toilet brush (Again, this depends on the accommodation’s provisions. Check before you go.)
  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste
  • Hand soap


  • Your university registration documents – accommodation offers, confirmation of registration (It’s always handy to have a copy of these to hand in case the university needs them.)
  • Student Finance Documents (Just incase.)

Stick to this, and you should have no problems moving in. Just remember – you’ll add to it through the year, so be prepared to take a lot more home!

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