To help with moving logistics and prepare for your foray into the world of “adulting” when going away to university it is helpful to determine what items you’ll need, what family and friends are able to pass along to you and what you’ll need to purchase.
Remember, before you finalize your moving list and purchase several items to move with you, find out what furniture, appliances, etc. are included in your university’s residence accommodations. For example, If you are moving to California from Canada to a shared space with roommates, it may be helpful for your space and budget to create a shared spreadsheet to keep track of who is bringing what specific items for use in the shared space, what you’ll need to buy, who is purchasing it, and how you’ll be dividing up costs.
Below is a comprehensive list to help you determine what items you’ll need for your move.
Bed and mattress (again, many apartments and university residences will supply this as a part of the space)
Duvet, and duvet cover
2 sets of sheets
Laundry bin and laundry bag to take to the Laundromat (laundry soap, dryer sheets and/or dryer balls)
Ear plugs (for loud roommates, use at the library and more)
Sleep mask (also helpful for when you need to sleep during the day following cramming for an exam, or when your roommate is studying while you’re trying to rest)
Curtains/blinds, if applicable
Laptop, manual, and charger
Mobile phone and charger
Extension cords and cables
1-3 USB memory sticks
Compact desk printer, manual, ink, and printer paper.
Plug in alarm clock (you’ll be thankful for this backup wake-up call on exam days)
Desk and/or book lamp (so you can still study when the rest of the lights are out)
An electronic reader or tablet, if applicable (so you don’t have to carry around so many heavy textbooks)
**Please note that you will need a Power Converter (or transformer) for the European sockets if you are for example moving from Canada to France for your studies.
A lot of this depends on personal preference, but it can be helpful to take notes in class when your laptop dies, to draft out essays, or highlight a textbook while studying by having a few items handy just in case
Pens and pencils
Lined paper and notepads
University Textbooks and Readers (as required by the specific program)
If you are living in residence, check their rules and policies before bringing kitchen appliances that may be contraband, or otherwise provided in their common areas. If you are living in a shared space with roommates, coordinate who brings what so you have enough bowls when everyone in your house is eating nothing but ramen noodles and cereal.
Cutlery (including some good knives for chopping & cutting)
Dressing gown/robe and slippers (particularly important for communal living)
Seasonal outerwear (coat, jacket, hat, gloves, scarf, boots for all seasons)
Raincoat, boots, umbrella
Exercises clothes and Swimsuit
Shoes (everyday casual, runners for working out, and fancy shoes)
Interview ready outfit (for part-time job, internships, family events etc.)
1 formal outfit
Shower Caddy or Bag (to take your items in and out of the bathroom)
Toothpaste and Toothbrush, floss
Shampoo and conditioner
Razor / shaving cream
Bath towels (3)
Hand towels (2-3)
Wash cloths (5-7 to avoid doing laundry too often)
Tampons/sanitary towels, Diva Cups
Flip Flops (for shared showers/bathrooms)
Hair dryer, curling iron, straightener etc.
Health And Safety
Medications and prescriptions
Basic first aid kit (e.g., pain relief tablets, plasters, cold and flu medication, allergy tablets, antibacterial lotion or spray, band aids etc.)
Glasses, contact lens, saline, and prescriptions
Birth control/sexual health protection
Personal ID (Drivers’ license, passport health card, student cards, student discount cards)
Small emergency stash of cash
University admission information/acceptance, student housing information, scholarship information, student loan paperwork (copies of important paperwork, etc.)
Vaccination passports (if applicable)
Banking and credit cards
Weekend away bag (for when you go home)
Sewing kit for repairs
Personal items (i.e., photos, books, favourite movies, etc.)
Favourite games (board, video games, etc.)
Deck of cards
Matches or a lighter
Iron/Mini Ironing board
Heating pad/ hot water bottle
Favourite snacks, cereals, and food for sharing to make new friends
Mode of transportation (bus pass, car, bike, etc.).
Common Space Items for Unfurnished Apartments
Kitchen Table & Chairs
Curtains (if applicable)
Mop & bucket
Lamps, if applicable
Garbage bins for common spaces (kitchen, living room, bathroom)
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