What to Take When Moving to University – The Checklist

Exciting times… You’re about to turn a new chapter in your life and embark on a journey of learning, making new friends but most importantly, living away from home for the first time.

And of course, you feel thrilled about the prospect of going to uni and moving to a different city but admit it, there’s also the question: What do you absolutely need to pack for uni?

Well, this will naturally depend on what sort of accommodation you’re going to live in. You may decide to go private and find your own furnished flat, bedsit or room; get an unfurnished place to share with a few friends or resort to the uni’s housing services and move into a hall of residence, provided by the academic establishment.

Either way, there’s always stuff that is essential to bring with you.

So, we’ve made another more comprehensive student moving checklist for your convenience, as a follow-up guide to our last year’s post on what to pack for your first term at uni.

What documents you will need

Right then, you will need to get some important documentation with you that will help you make the transition to your new life smooth and stress-free. Gather those in a neat folder and back up all your original paperwork digitally, just in case.

Here’s a handy checklist of documents you should pack:

  • A form of ID /driving licence, passport, ID card
  • Financial documentation, related to your enrollment
  • Bank details, debit and credit cards
  • Your university letter of acceptance
  • National insurance card
  • A few passport-size photos
  • Accommodation documentation
  • Medical prescriptions, if needs be
  • A paper copy of all important phone numbers

The above list doesn’t claim to be extensive but you can get the gist of what you need to consider taking with you in terms of documentation.

For instance, if you have a specific medical condition or an allergy, it’s a good idea to bring all relevant medical information, such as an allergy card for an easier reference, if needed.

Of course, your medical record is transferred to your new GP. But until you register, it doesn’t hurt to have vital details about specific health issues you might have at hand.

Don’t leave home without these essentials

Let’s move on now to some of the essentials that you should or may want to pack and take to university, regardless of what type of accommodation you’re going to rent –  furnished or unfurnished.


  • Clothing and shoe wear for all weather
  • An umbrella and a waterproof jacket
  • Bedding, towels, coat hangers
  • Toiletries, shaving kit, hair styling tools
  • An extension lead, adapters, chargers, your mobile phone
  • A desk lamp, an iron, speakers
  • Medication, if needs be
  • Sports equipment (ex: bike, dumbbells, yoga mat)

We’ll stop here, as some essentials you can get when you move to your university town or city. Or in other words, you don’t need to pack and transport across the country any washing detergents, your shampoo or toothpaste unless you really want to.

Also, you can easily get some paracetamol tablets from your nearby supermarket or any other basic medication that you don’t need a prescription for.

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Use Your Voice for University Mental Health Day

There are more than 2.3 million students currently attending university in the UK, and many of them are feeling the strain.

Academic pressure, financial stress and social issues can all be detrimental to a student’s mental health, but other aspects of the university experience can take a toll, too – around 30% of all students report clinical mental health issues.

University Mental Health Day is a huge day for student activism, and it helps students to tackle a cause that is often swept under the rug.

Every one of us has a quality of life that is shaped by our mental health, and in an era with greater mental health strain on students than ever before, that cause has never been so important. Join the campaign on the 7th of March 2019 to help inspire change and bring this crucial issue to light!

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Starting a Fashion Career – Top Tips

So, you have set your sights on a career in fashion after leaving university. Exciting times are ahead! As with anything in university life, you get out of it what you put in, and if you put in the hard work you will be rewarded by a number of interesting options from which to choose when your education ends and your career begins. When you are ready to commence your job search, have a think about who to approach. Employers in fashion vary from high street retail outlets and supermarket labels to leading designers in studios, each offering a range of roles. Of course it’s not all about you approaching them – many employers are proactive and will speak to universities and attend university shows in a bid to discover the best designers, while retail chains have trainee schemes in place for graduates. Work experience is also a tried and trusted way of making your mark in these formative years. Have a chat with your university’s careers department to find out more about work experience opportunities in the fashion industry. Not only does it ‘put you on the map’, it provides you with the self-belief and confidence required to go out and make a success of this career path you have chosen.

Work experience is not simply about carrying out the tasks that are asked of you. It is about learning how to interact with your new colleagues, meet deadlines and deal with the demands of the business. You can also fire off your CV and portfolio to designers, retail chains, supermarket labels and studios. Any foot on the ladder will go a long way to helping you establish yourself in the industry. Showing potential future employers that you have thrived in a real work situation and coped with all of the challenges that brings will make you a desirable candidate. Think about the kind of role you want in fashion. Retail is a popular route to go down for many students who leave university armed with a shiny new degree – Retail Merchandiser, Retail Manager and Retail Buyer all pertain to your qualification. If design is your passion, you could also look into becoming a Textile Designer or Fashion Designer. As well as making sure your CV is up to scratch – full of honest statements and completely free of any glaring errors – your portfolio will be absolutely pivotal in your journey to a career in fashion. Consider what would make you stand out when you are applying for the same position as several other people. Don’t just share the work that you did during your studies, keep building on it. Showcase your flair by demonstrating what you have produced in your spare time or on a work experience placement. Make yourself the stand-out candidate by possessing a portfolio that wows everyone who views it. One success story definitely worth checking out is that of Haleema Hussain. Haleema has put the skills and knowledge she picked up during her university studies to good use by starting her own clothing business, and is selling her own designs. Why not check out her Instagram page here. Read More

Moving Home for Less!

The average student moves three times while at University, so Homes for Students have compiled our six easy P’s to save your pennies when moving property.


It might sound obvious but it’s surprising how often people lug items with them to their new abode, only to wish they hadn’t! You’ll save time, hassle and money by ensuring you’re only taking what you really want!

To get it right you need to give yourself plenty of time to prioritise your items and avoid hasty split decisions, so start thinking about what you’re taking 4-6 weeks before the move.

Put your items into 3 categories, ‘Keep’, ‘Don’t Keep’, and ‘Maybe’. You can either do this by putting items into piles, by tagging them with post-it notes or listing them in a spreadsheet.

Go back to the Maybe category several times, and it will eventually become clear what you can and can’t live without.


In the run up to the move, think about keeping any boxes and asking friends and family to do the same. Use these boxes along with any luggage, holdalls and rucksacks to transfer what you can.

If you’re still short of boxes ask at your local supermarket, restaurants, book shops and hardware stores, who usually have these in abundance.

If you have room to store them afterwards, fold them flat and keep them for next time you have to move.


Books, clothes, stationary, they can all add up, and one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Consider selling what you don’t need to create space and make some extra pennies.

As well as listing items on sites such as eBay, Gumtree and amazon, you can advertise items on local forums, Facebook groups or on University notice boards.


The last thing you want after the move is to be replacing things that didn’t survive the upheaval. The key here is in the preparation; ensure your items are effectively wrapped and protected.

Put cotton wool in your make up compacts, wrap items in newspaper, old magazines or even curtains, cut handles into large boxes to avoid dropping them and make sure fragile items are bubble wrapped and clearly marked.


Always try and get there early, especially if you’re going to be living in a busy student area and you’re moving in at the start of term when those around you will also be moving in. On moving days traffic can become congested, parking limited and you may be forced to park far from the property, meaning multiple trips with heavy goods!

Research the parking situation at the property beforehand and use free car parks and on street parking if possible. If there’s pay and display, ensure you bring change with you, and if using a removal company, check parking costs are included in the price that you’re paying.


Take a good look around the property as soon as you arrive and make a log of any damage that you spot, in case you have to protect your deposit at a later date.

Take a photo of any marks, scratches or breakages and report them to the staff to ensure that you won’t be left with a dint in your deposit when you leave. Read More

Brand new Birmingham accommodation to suit every need.

You’re about to head off to uni and find the independence you’ve been craving, but first you have a lot of preparing to do.

Student life can be a big adjustment from living at home; you will be meeting new people, familiarising yourself with new locations, getting used to studying independently and budgeting your finances.

Fortunately, settling in to your new home is one adjustment that has been made straightforward thanks to Prestige Student Livings luxurious student accommodation in Birmingham.

Situated within the city’s vibrant China Town88 Bromsgrove House, is the brand new, purpose built student accommodation in the heart of Birmingham designed to perfectly meet the needs of today’s students.

The property will be completed in time for September, meaning you can be among the first intake of residents to enjoy the unrivalled facilities. Fantastic Features Staying fit and healthy while at university has been made easy, with the use of a free onsite gym.

When you want to relax after a busy day studying you can take advantage of the cinema room, or unwind in the snug.

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Thinking About a Part Time Job at Uni? Here’s What You Need To Know!

Part time jobs are the perfect way for students to earn some extra cash and gain a variety of experience. However, it can be tough deciding whether juggling a job and uni work is the right option for you. Read on to discover all you need to know about maintaining a part time job while at university. First off, before even applying for a job, you need to make sure that you have a National Insurance Number. This is provided by the government and is mandatory if you wish to work in the United Kingdom. National Insurance contributions are paid if you are earning more than £153 per week. Kickstart your journey to a new job today! The Benefits Did you know that 8/10 students are working part time while at university? It is no secret that the majority of university loans do not cover the cost of living, so acquiring a part time job is a sensible idea to remain financially comfortable… you might even end up with a bit of extra cash to treat yourself! It will also keep you occupied in your down time and give you a well needed break from the stress of studying. The skills that you receive from your part time job will be extremely beneficial in the future – people skills, teamwork, initiative and confidence are all factors that will help you to stand out amongst other candidates when applying for jobs after university. Balancing University and a Job It is common for students to believe that a part-time job will put a strain on their studies. Although a challenge, it is very possible to handle. Here are a few tips that will help you to balance both studying and working:

  • Stay Organised: Keep a calendar or diary and note down all of your shifts, deadlines, social events, etc. This will stop you from feeling overwhelmed

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Essential Equipment for a Student Kitchen

Setting up a student kitchen is always a mixed bag. Flatmates come in with whatever they managed to scrounge from home, or with lovingly gifted appliances parents think will be put to use, and end up being traded in for a 24 pack of beer. Of course, resourceful students can make do with only a handful of utensils, but this list will help create a basic kitchen set that should last until you’re ready to upgrade.

Pots and Pans

Grab two non-stick pans, one the size of an omelette and one a bit bigger for preparing larger servings. A wok is also an excellent addition to standard pans and helps make stir-fries super easy. You’ll also need a large pot, in case someone decides to cook spaghetti bolognaise for the whole flat family, and a saucepan for everything else.

To Serve

Bowls, cups, glasses, plates and cutlery. Buy enough of these so you have double as many people as you have in your flat. Remember to get teaspoons for teas, and a few serving bowls too. Purchase brand new, or search second hand stores in your area, which are usually excellent for cheap cutlery, mismatched plates, and glassware. Try to buy loose items, rather than sets so that you can add to the collection if they get lost or broken.

Chopping Boards

It’s smart to invest in more than one chopping board, especially if several people might be cooking a meal at the same time. If buying plastic, dedicate a colour specifically for meat and animal products to avoid any cross-contamination and potentially unsavoury situations.

Bottle Openers

Bottle openers are key for student flats, but it’s more than likely by the end of the year you’ll be able to open a bottle with a spatula, the corner of a table, even a well well-folded piece of paper. Bottle openers are items that tend to go missing at house parties so grab a couple and one with a magnet to stick to the fridge.

Can Opener

Opens cans. Cans with a pull tag are more expensive, can openers are not.


Instead of buying a cheap knife block full of differently shaped knives, invest in a couple of good chefs knives and a paring knife, which will make light work out of meats, vegetables and fruit. A cheap bread knife will do the trick for uncut loaves, but if buying from a bakery you can ask them to slice it for you.

Spatula, Potato Masher and Whisk

Not many things can replace these. Try mashing potatoes with a fork for instance and see how quickly you give up.

A Good, Basic Cookbook

This will teach you how to cook. Perfect a couple of dishes in here and you’ll have your flatmates loving you in no time. Consider practicing and perfecting these:

  • The best spaghetti bolognaise you can find. Eggs — poached, boiled, scrambled, fried.
  • Beer-can chicken — like a roast chicken, only better.
  • Something fancy for date night, like chocolate mousse.
  • A good curry.


Straight out of the home and away from your parent’s cooking, many students are learning from scratch how to make good dishes. To make it easier, ensure you have these four key items:

  • A microwave — quick, simple and safe. You

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There’s more to Greenwich than meets the eye

The leafy Royal Borough of Greenwich is one of the most desirable locations in London. It has a wonderfully rich history, royal connections and stunning architecture, but there’s more to Greenwich than the headline attractions …

Greenwich is one of four Royal Boroughs in London, having earned the title in 2010 through its royal connections dating back to the 15th Century. Within its ancient boundaries you can see echoes of its royal past and the part the borough played in the country’s rise to become a maritime powerhouse, however, there’s another side to Greenwich. It has produced giants of the acting world, it’s a magnet for some of the world biggest selling musical stars, and there’s a world of activity on the River Thames… and under it!

Royal and scientific heritage

Greenwich’s links with royalty date back to the 15th Century when Henry V granted the Manor of Greenwich to his brother Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, around 1427. Humphrey built the palace deliciously named Bellacourt Placentia where Henry VIII was born in 1491. Henry VIII loved Greenwich and married two of his six wives there – Katherine of Aragon (in 1509) and Anne of Cleves (in 1540). However, Henry VIII also signed the death warrant of his second wife Anne Boleyn in Greenwich, where their daughter Elizabeth was born. Coincidentally, the Queen’s House, which stands on the site of the original Greenwich Palace where the future Elizabeth I was born, houses one of the most iconic portraits of the ‘Virgin Queen’ – the Armada Portrait depicts the defiant queen triumphant following the failure of the Spanish Armada in 1588 heralding the start of the Elizabethan ‘Golden Age’.

Greenwich has an intimate relationship with the River Thames and the seas and oceans beyond the country’s shores, which can be explored at the National Maritime Museum, situated in Greenwich Park. The Meridian Line and the Royal

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