Essentialitems to bring to university

Essential items to bring to college

You’ve been accepted and you’re officially moving you UNE! But what do you need to bring? Our experience says your Mum’s probably freaking out and your Dad might be trying to convince you to pack everything that’s in your room so he can use it as a man cave while you’re here. So we asked some college students what they would put on the list of things you should actually bring and this is what they came up with…

Over The Door Shoe Caddy / Organiser

It’s awesome. I still use it for almost everything; from keeping all my hair bands in the same place, as a holding cell for my rogue socks that have lost their brothers in the wash, to organising my sunglasses this little beast does it all. It also takes up very little space and just hangs on the back of a door.

Big Bucket Care Pack For Your Cleaning Needs

This is technically cheating because it’s more than one thing but my Mum made me a big bucket care package for cleaning and I still use it and everything that was in it:

  • A big laundry bucket
  • A little(r) bucket with White Vinegar, Baking Soda, Dishwashing Detergent, a toothbrush, some chux, a scourer, and a sponge.
  • Some laundry detergent and fabric softener
  • Delicates bag
  • Some pegs

AirTight Tupperware Containers

I didn’t bring any when I first moved and had to buy them new. I should have just raided our kitchen at home because we had heaps. You need them for storing food and leftovers, carrying lunches when you’re studying up top or when you take a picnic out to the falls or to the pine forest.


Trust me on this one. Playdoh is the ultimate college item: You can play with it when you’re bored, you can squeeze it when you’re stressed, you can make little art projects to liven up your room, you can use it to clean your keyboard, I watched a friend use it to Macgyver a way to organise computer wires. If you run out of money, I hear it’s edible, but I wouldn’t advise that.

Miniature Pharmacy

Make yourself a mini-Pharmacy. It will save your life and the lives of your floor/flat/roommates. Mine contains:

  • Panadol/Ibuprofen/Over the counter painkiller
  • Some throat lozenges like Strepsils
  • Betadine
  • Oil of Cloves
  • Senega and Ammonia
  • Zyrtec or any Antihistamine
  • Nodoz
  • Rescue Remedy
  • Sorbolene
  • Hot water bottle


Good quality, over the ears, noise canceling headphones. They saved my life when I was trying to study and my neighbour had friends around for a binge watch.

Ugg boots you can wear outside

As soon as it gets too cold to wear thongs I wear mine everywhere. Around college, to lectures, grocery shopping, everywhere. I wore through my cheap ones in a few months during my first year so try to get ones with an outdoor sole even if they cost a bit more.

Your Old Phone

Chances are something will happen to your phone at some stage. Having your old phone as a backup saves you the stress of having to quickly replace it when you can’t afford it.

Shower Caddy that holds full-sized bottles

You’ll be carrying it to the bathrooms every day so make sure your shower caddy can hold full-sized bottles of your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash not just travel sizes.

Something for You

I have something nostalgic or small in every space I occupy, I find it keeps me happy and centered. I have a friend who keeps a collection of medieval weapons, and another who accumulates weird and wild board games. In my room at college, I kept a variety of musical instruments and at work, I keep a Scott Pilgrim figurine on my desk that I really love. It may sound stupid, but often people just bring living and study stuff to college. It’s important to keep something that is personal to you to make your space seem more homely and happy.

So get packing and come see us when you get to campus!

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