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Checklist of What to Take to University

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Are you off to uni? This is the essential checklist on what to take to university, and what not to take!


Perhaps, you're are here because you've nailed the WASSCE and you printed your admission letter - congratulations, your first uni task is already due! You have not been given a prospectus like you had for SHS. You are now faced with what to pack to uni.

Significantly, there are hundreds of things you might want to take to university, but remember: you're not moving out forever, you will surely be back home.

And while home has plenty of space, your new room probably doesn't. Taking too much stuff is one of the mistakes every fresher makes. As a general guide, only take what will fit on the back seats of a caravan.

Use the checklist below as a prompt so you don't forget anything you do need. Be mindful of the female and male suggestions

Important Documents

  • Valid ID (voter’s ID, passport and/or driver's license)
  • University admission acceptance letter
  • Course acceptance letter (if separate)
  • Accommodation letter
  • Scholarship letters
  • Passport photos
  • Vaccination history
  • Bank debit card (if available)


Electrical Items

  • Laptop and bag
  • USB memory stick
  • Power extension lead
  • Headphones
  • Portable speakers
  • Games console (for great bonding for especially guys)
  • Device chargers
  • Batteries


Kitchen Items

  • Recipe book (for food lovers)
  • Small cutlery set
  • General purpose sharp knife
  • Scissors
  • Plate
  • Bowl
  • Mug
  • Glass
  • Bottle opener
  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Ladle
  • Spatula
  • Frying pan
  • Sauce pan with lid
  • Colander
  • Measuring jug
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing up sponge or brush


Bedroom Things

  • Pillows with cases
  • Bed sheets
  • Mattress protector
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Small mirror
  • Wall clock
  • Desk fan


Bathroom Checklist

  • Bath towel
  • Hand towel
  • Hand soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Flip-flops (for communal showers)
  • Toilet roll
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair straighteners
  • Hair dryer
  • Nail cutters
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Sanitary products
  • Personal supplies


What Clothes to take

You'll have plenty of clothes already, but if you need a wardrobe refresh, remember to pack to a smart outfit if you plan to apply for jobs while on campus!

  • T-shirts
  • Shirts
  • Tops
  • Dresses/skirts
  • Jumpers
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jeans
  • Smart trousers
  • Tights
  • Rain coat
  • Underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Socks
  • Trainers
  • Slippers
  • Smart shoes or heels
  • Suit jacket
  • Tie
  • Watch
  • Handbag
  • Gym kit
  • Swimming kit


Stationery to bring

  • Pens and pencils
  • Ruler
  • Pencil case
  • Scissors
  • Stapler & staples
  • Highlighters
  • A4 or A5 writing pad
  • Student planner
  • Document storage folders
  • Ring-binders
  • White tack
  • Post-it notes
  • Calculator
  • Supplementary readers


Miscellaneous to bring

  • Umbrella
  • Padlock
  • Drinking water bottle
  • Iron
  • Religious text
  • Tea, coffee and milk



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