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Before you arrive

Freshers’ guide: what to pack

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for; university is just around the corner. But first you need to pack.

It’s hard not to panic and pack everything in sight, but it’s important to be strategic – after all, there is only so much space in the car. So, here is your definitive list on what to bring to Loughborough.

Study essentials

All students will require equipment for their upcoming studies. To save you from splashing out on software, we provide the latest version of the full Microsoft Office productivity suite, free of charge. 

  • Laptop
  • Hard drive
  • USB sticks
  • Notebook
  • Diary
  • Lots of pens 
  • Wall planner
  • Folder/files
  • Bag/rucksack
  • Books

Kitchen essentials

For students who have opted for self-catered halls, Campus Living offer starter kits which you can buy here. If you are in catered halls you may still need to bring some kitchen essential with you, as you may want to cook at the weekends.


  • Pans
  • Mugs, bowls and plates.
  • Cutlery
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Knives and chopping board
  • Scissors
  • Glassware
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towels
  • Start-up groceries
  • Recipe book (why not learn a few recipes before you arrive?)

Bedroom essentials

  • Duvet and sheets
  • Pillows (Unite and UPP halls only)
  • Photographs
  • Home comforts
  • Coat hangers
  • Extension cable
  • Mattress protector

You can take the hassle out of buying and transporting your bedding by pre-ordering your items from UniKitOut.

Bathroom essentials

  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Bathroom mats

Daily essentials

  • Clothes
  • Sporting clothes and equipment
  • Fancy dress items
  • Shoes/footwear
  • Medication
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Favourite music/book/film
  • Headphones
  • Alarm clock 
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Laundry basket
  • ID, passport, driving licence
  • Clothes airer
  • Money
  • Documents
  • Bike

For information on what items you are not permitted to bring into halls, please click here