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What To Take To University. Part 2; Bathroom, Kitchen & Cleaning Essentials

Updated on June 24, 2011

Moving out to university is such an exciting time, but can be daunting due to the amount of planning and preparation that takes place. These articles are aimed on helping those trying to work out what they need to take. Part 1 of my 'What To Take To University' Hubs focused on bedroom, living room and study space essentials. This is Part 2 and looks at kitchen, bathroom and cleaning necessities.

Please check with your accommodation details before you start buying as you could be surprised with what they are supplying for you.

Happy moving!

Bathroom & Toiletries

  • Towels; bath towels, hair towels, hand towels, flannels and a floor towel.
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash and Floss
  • Soap
  • Hand-gel.
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Dry shampoo (such a saviour when running late!)
  • Sponge or shower puff.
  • Body lotion and moisturiser
  • Nail scissors and nail file
  • Tweezers
  • Shaver, epilator, hair removing creams etc.
  • Shaving gel/foam.
  • Make-up and make-up brushes.
  • Make-up remover
  • Nail varnish
  • Nail varnish remover
  • Cotton Wool buds and pads.
  • Deodorant
  • Body spray
  • Perfume/after shave.
  • Hairbrush and comb
  • Hair products; hairspray, mousse, gel, wax.
  • Sanitary towels and tampons.
  • Hair accessories – clips, bands etc.
  • Chap stick
  • Glasses and/or contact lenses (and solution)
  • Condoms
  • Contraceptive pills.
  • Toilet roll.
  • Tissues.

First Aid

It may be useful to buy a ready put together kit, but here are the essentials:

  • Prescription meds
  • Painkillers; paracetemol, ibuprofen, asprin. 
  • Cold/Flu remedy
  • Throat lozenges
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic wipes and cream
  • Anti-allergy tablets or cream
  • Hydrocortisone cream

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When I moved into halls, the kitchen was equipped with every utensil, piece of cutlery and appliance you would ever need. All that was missing was the food! This following list is therefore, items that would be needed in a kitchen/dining room but maybe not items that you specifically need. Ok, ready? It’s a long one!


  • Small frying pan
  • Wok or large frying pan
  • Large saucepan and lid
  • Small saucepan and lid
  • Flat Baking Tray (for chips, pizza etc)
  • Casserole dish or other oven proof dish (for pasta bake, lasagne, cottage pie etc)
  • Cake tin
  • Mixing bowl
  • Microwave saucepan or bowl
  • Measuring jug
  • Colander
  • Sieve
  • Chopping board
  • Chopping knives and bread knife
  • Tin opener
  • Bottle opener and corkscrew
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Grater
  • Garlic crusher. Check out a ‘Garlic Zoom’ – fantastic!
  • Egg cups
  • Wooden spoons
  • Spatula
  • Cooking tweezers
  • Fish slice
  • Masher
  • Pizza cutter
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Kitchen scales
  • Tupperware boxes to store leftovers in.
  • Biscuit tin
  • Cling film
  • Foil
  • Sandwich bags
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Tea towels
  • Oven gloves
  • Apron
  • Recipe book. Student recipe cook books good idea as they do easy meal ideas for inexperienced cooks.
  • Cleaning and washing up items (see Washing and Cleaning list).


  • Cutlery; knives, forks, tablespoons, dessertspoons, teaspoons.
  • Dinner plate
  • Side plate
  • Bowls
  • Mugs
  • Wine glasses
  • Pint glasses
  • Shot glasses
  • Tumblers or high ball glasses.


  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Sandwich press or Toasted Sarnie Maker.
  • Then obviously; an oven, hob, fridge/freezer and microwave – but I would be amazed if your accommodation didn’t already have these!


With everything you will be bringing to move in, I doubt there will be much room in the car for a food shop, but I would bring from home the following:

  • Tea bags and coffee granules. (and hot chocolate if you like)
  • UHT milk (so it doesn’t go off on the journey!)
  • Bag of crisps or sweets to keep you going whilst you are unpacking and to offer to new housemates.
  • A ready meal or some simple ingredients to make your first night’s dinner.
  • Alcohol – no doubt you will be drinking on your first night, so it will be good if you have something to share.

Washing & Cleaning

  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry bag
  • Coat hangers
  • Washing powder
  • Fabric softener
  • Clothes horse
  • Coat hangers
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Sponge
  • Scourer
  • Cloth
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bleach
  • Anti-bacterial spray
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Kitchen cleaner spray
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Kitchen roll
  • Black bin bags
  • White bin liners

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