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What Should You Pack for Studying in The UK As An International Student

Written by Sam | May 19, 2020

For an international student coming to the UK, by the time you are stepping on the plane in order to come to the UK you have already jumped through a lot of hoops to get to this stage! Before you set off, what do you need to pack and have ready to come and study at University in the UK? If you haven’t decided on which accommodation you want, here are our top tips for internationals. Make sure you understand the difference between the two major types of accommodation

Start With The Essentials: Clothing

Before putting everything in your suitcase, a good tip is to have everything out and put it in sections. The essential clothes to take with you are:

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Trousers (Jeans & Comfy)
  • Shorts
  • T-Shirts
  • Jumpers
  • Coats / Jackets
  • Pyjamas
  • Shoes / Flip Flops / Sandals / Trainers

Start with these, make sure you don’t have all your wardrobe in your suitcase or else you won’t have any space for your other items. When you come to pack everything make sure that you roll all your items up as they will pack better and make sure when taking trainers and shoes, you put socks inside the shoes as that is a great space saver.

The items that take up the most amount of space are coats, jackets, and shoes. Pack these well or you want to be able to take as much.

Some clothes you may want to think about:

  • Suit
  • Shirts
  • Gym / Sports Clothes & Swim wear
  • Clothing accessories, scarves and hats


As an international student, if you forget any of these, these aren’t too bad because you can buy some more when you arrive in the UK, toiletries you will need:

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels – you can buy these in the UK as they take up a lot of space
  • Small bottles of shower gel and shampoo
  • Floss
  • Shaver / Razor / Shaving Cream
  • Sanitary Products

Essential Tech

  • Adapters
  • Chargers
  • Ipad / Laptop

Essential In Making a Home

  • Photos
  • Notes
  • Sentimental Items
  • Snacks from home

Household Items

As an international student, these can really weight your bag down and take up a lot of space. It is unlikely you are going to be able to take everything you need for the house on the airplan as luggage.

This means that you will need to get it shipped over by itself and pick it up on the otherside when it arrives.

Do the costings, you will be able to buy a lot of the products in the UK and have them shipped to your door when you arrive. There are many websites you can order off, however, we really like and suggest these: UniKitOut

If you are going to get it shipped, make sure that you send it tracked and wrap any valuables that you don’t want to be broken in soft materials that you are bringing over. There is no guarantee it will make it one piece and it may get lost, however, in todays world it is likely to make it. Items you need to think about;

  • Plates, bowls, cups & cutlery
  • Pots & Pans
  • Kitchen utensils – Ladles & tin openers
  • Iron & Board
  • Chopping boards
  • Tea towels
  • Coat hangers
  • Extension lead, just incase you need one

It is very unlikely that you will remember everything and to save the hassle most students shop online for everything to be delivered for when they are in the UK.

You can still do this on a budget, it just means that you will have to shop around some of the stores online and order them from there.

Finally, you can wait until you get here and then go shopping at the local shops and use it as an exploration test! This will help you get to know the area, understand where the shops are and how long it takes to get there and back, plus you can decide exactly what you want.


What to pack for university as an international student, get the basics in to groups around your room, make sure you have what you definitely need and then start to pack everything. Make sure you pack it efficiently to get as much as you can without going overweight.

With any household items, you can either have items from home shipped over at a cost or you can use sites online in order to book and order packages to your door on a day that you choose, many students choose this option because shipping internationally can be less reliable and might not arrive in one piece.

Make sure you know what’s in your room for when you arrive and you can understnad exactly what you need to order!

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