What should I pack?

Hopefully these webpages will give you some helpful information before you arrive at the University of Exeter. The packing list we have provided is just for suggestions, please read through your accommodation information to check what is (and isn't) provided. Make sure you visit the accommodation team's moving in webpages for useful information.

Suggested packing list

  • Your passport
  • A form of ID that isn't your passport - you never know when you might need it!
  • Your information on how to register and your accommodation contract
  • A couple of spare passport photos
  • Your NHS details, including your current GP and your NHS number - or the equivalent if you're an International student
  • Your bank details, including your bank card and cheque book
  • Any travel essentials - got a railcard? Make sure you remember it for trips home
  • Student Finance letters & confirmation
  • Towels and a flannel
  • Washbag - don't forget soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, body spray, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, etc!
  • Prescription glasses, sunglasses or contact lenses
  • Any medication you'll need, as well as any prescriptions
  • Painkillers for headaches
  • Tweezers and scissors
  • It's a good idea to have some form of cold medicine to help fight the inevitable freshers' flu
  • Vitamins!

Optional extras

  • You might wish to pack a mini first aid kit with plasters, disinfectant and bandages for any minor cuts and bruises
  • Perfume, cleansers, moisturisers, make-up, hair, nail and additional body accessories
  • Bedding - a duvet and cover; pillows and pillowcases; sheets. It's a good idea to bring at least two sets so that you've got clean ones on laundry day
  • An alarm clock - careful not to forget this!
  • A door-wedge to help you make friends in those first few days
  • A wash-basket for your dirty clothes (don't forget some washing tablets either!)
  • A desk lamp

Optional extras

  • Blankets and a microwavable hot waterbottle for chillier nights in
  • Extra coat-hangers if you need
  • Anything you want to bring in order to personalise your room - photos and pictures for your noticeboard, a plant for the windowsill, notes and good luck cards for shelves! Also, there's normally a poster sale on campus in Fresher's Week

(NB: Don't forget that most of these will only be needed if you're self-catering)

  • At least one saucepan and frying-pan - maybe even a wok for the staple stir-fry
  • A baking tray
  • A kettle - check if your accommodation comes with this
  • A toaster - again please check whether your accommodation provides one
  • Can and bottle opener/corkscrew
  • A sieve or colander
  • A wooden spoon, kitchen knives, rolling pin, potato masher and vegetable peeler
  • A plate and a set of cutlery. If you bring spares, you can entertain!
  • A glass and a mug (again bring spares if you'd like to invite guests)
  • Cereal bowl
  • Tea towel(s)

Optional extras

  • A cafetiere if you're a coffee drinker
  • A cheese grater
  • Chopping board
  • Any additional kitchenware you want to bring. Can't live without your blender or your toastie-maker? Be prepared to share it...
  • A casserole dish or similar to help you make big dishes to last you a week!
  • Oven-proof/microwavable tin foil or cling film if you're hoping to keep food fresh
  • If you're a keen baker, bring a spatula, whisk, rolling pin...whatever you need to make your favourite goodies
  • Plastic containers for storing food - making big batches of food and popping some in the freezer saves money and means you'll have something nutritious to eat on the days you don't feel like cooking!
  • Student cookbook for recipes you're keen to try if your accommodation is self-catered
  • Notebooks and any stationery you might need
  • Drawing pins for your noticeboard
  • A few folders and note paper - you'll find revising much easier if you've already done your filing
  • Any notes you think you'll need from previous courses
  • Got any course books already? Don't forget to bring them along when you start
  • A laptop (and accompanying charger) - the library's computers can often be busy in term time, so it’s a very important back-up.
  • A mobile phone. We know you've probably already got one,  but if not, you'll probably want one. And don't forget the charger that comes with it
  • It's not always worth bringing a printer as you can use the printers on campus and the Student's Guild print shop, so weigh it up carefully!
  • Extension leads
  • Adapters if you're coming from abroad!

Optional extras

  • Speakers and headphones, particularly if you've got an MP3 player
  • Anything you need for haircare - a hairdryer? Straighteners? Curlers?
  • An iron. You really might need it more than you think
  • Electric toothbrush and charger - if you have one
  • Torch - may well be useful
  • Any DVDs and boxsets you might want to bring with you