For lots of you this will be your first time living away from home, possibly your first time in London or even in the UK! So we’ve put together this helpful guide on what to pack and almost more importantly what NOT to pack to make your transition as smooth as possible.
Things to Pack/NOT to Pack
1. Course Supplies
If you already have a lot of the supplies you’ll need for your course, especially if they’re expensive e.g. a sewing machine then bring them along as you will be using them from Day 1.
BUT if you need a lot of heavy textbooks and you haven’t got them yet then wait until you have moved in and order them to your new London place. This will save you lugging these heavy books all the way from home.
Bring enough clothes just to last you for the term. Remember you will be going home at Christmas and so you don’t need to bring all your summer clothes this term! Also London is a shopping capital so the chances are that you will add to your wardrobe whilst you’re here anyway.
Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste so that you don’t have to venture out on the first day to buy some. And if you have any specialist or expensive beauty products bring those. But things like shampoo etc you will be better off buying when you arrive rather than carrying them all the way here.
REMEMBER to bring all your important documentation such as Visas, ID and other important information. You will most likely need this almost immediately.
5. Sentimental Stuff
Photos are a compact and easy way to decorate your room and banish homesickness. If you have particular sentimental items that you can’t live without then bring them but be strict; you don’t need everything from your childhood room!
Be careful when bringing lots of valuable items with you as you’ll very upset if you lose them! You might consider insuring the phones, laptops and cameras you do bring: Endsleigh does good rates on student insurance. Also with large electronics such as printers you might be better off using the services at university.
- you can buy almost everything in London so when packing consider if it would be easier to buy it in London or carry it all the way with you, especially if you are travelling by plane or train.
- you will forget something, pretty much guaranteed but that’s no need to panic! You can always buy a replacement or ask a friend/family member to post it on to you.
- if you’re going home for the holidays then only bring what you need for one term at a time.
Packing (and packing back up afters) is a skill that you will pick up over time. You might find that you brought waaaay too much or too little the first term but it’s only by living in London that you will get an accurate sense of what things you really need. So give it a go, and if it doesn’t go according to plan there’s always next term!