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First things first, CONGRATULATIONS on making it into Newcastle University!

Summer is almost over (sad I know), so it’s time to start thinking about what you need to bring with you when you move to Newcastle. Here is a handy little checklist of essential items that you can use when packing the things you need, as well as some handy things to know about moving to Newcastle

P.S. Please remember, the cost of moving to university can quickly add up if you’re not careful. There really is no need to go out and buy expensive things you don’t need. Shop for the essentials, and shop cheap! I would personally recommend B&M bargains. From cutlery to duvets, they have it all… and won’t break your wallet/purse either.

Other good shops are: Ikea, Wilkinson’s and supermarkets.

What to pack


Note: It would be a good idea to check with your university halls to see which amenities are included in your room before you start shopping.

  • Bedding:
    • Mattress protector
    • Flat sheet
    • Duvet/duvet cover
    • Pillows/pillow cases
  • Blankets – University halls are notorious for being cold.
  • Laundry basket – speaking from experience, it’s beneficial to have a basket that you can easily carry your laundry in from your room to the launderette (normally in your accommodation). One with handles is the way to go.
  • Small rubbish bin
  • Family Photos
  • Desk Lamp
  • Decorations – halls are usually quite plain, bring posters etc. to make it cosier.
  • Doorstop – often forgotten, but essential! Wedge your door open when you move into halls to be social and make friends with your flatmates!


Some of you will be moving into flats with en suites, and some of you will be moving into flats that have a shared bathroom. Either way the checklist will remain pretty much the same.

  • A wash bag – especially handy if you’re sharing a bathroom.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body wash & soap
  • Towels – it is a good idea to take a couple of towels for when one is in the wash.
  • Floor mat – not essential but definitely handy to stop you slipping when getting out the shower!
  • Deodorant
  • Make up wipes – for after all those nights out on the toon.
  • Razors
  • Female sanitary products


If there is one thing I wish that I had done before coming to University, it was to arrange with my flatmates who should bring what for the kitchen. Storage is limited, so find out who you’re living with (join your halls’ official social media account and search for your flat mates) and decide what kitchen items you could share. A lot of the items on this list could be split between you. This will leave you with more cupboard space… and more money.

Note: Most halls will provide you with a toaster and kettle. Check with your residence to see what appliances will already be there.

  • Cutlery
  • Dinner set – it is often cheaper to buy a dinner set than individual plates/bowls etc.
  • Glasses
  • Kitchen knives
  • A small and large frying pan
  • A small and large saucepan
  • Baking tray
  • Chopping board – don’t chop on the counter tops! You will be charged and lose some of your deposit.
  • Tin opener
  • Bottle opener – they will ALWAYS come in handy.
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cheese grater
  • Oven gloves
  • Wooden spoon/spatula
  • Colander
  • Washing up liquid and sponge – you will go through a lot of these.
  • Bin bags – you will also go through A LOT of these.
  • Tin foil and Cling-film
  • Tea Towels

Personal/important items

  • Photographic ID – You will need ID when registering here at Newcastle University.
  • All official university documents, including acceptance letter
  • Documents from Student Finance
  • Details of accommodation and contract
  • Bank account details and recent bank correspondence
  • Bank card
  • National insurance card/details
  • Student discount cards (e.g. 16-25 Railcard, NUS card)
  • Insurance documents
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Basic first aid kit (e.g. pain relief tablets, plasters, cold and flu medication, allergy tablets, antibacterial lotion or spray)
  • Laptop – The university has many computers, however most students find it handy to have a laptop to work from.
  • Memory sticks


Stationery shopping is fun, but it’s also really easy to get carried away. Before you start your course it is hard to know what you will need, and what you won’t. Start off with the essentials, and add to your collection when you need to.

  • Pencil case
    • Pens/Pencils
    • Ruler, eraser, sharpener
  • Hole punch
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Lever arch folders
  • A4 notepad
  • Calculator
  • Sticky pads

Top Tips for moving to Newcastle

  • You could bring a printer if you wish, but there are printers all around campus which you can use. You will also be given printing credits every year, meaning you won’t have to splash out on expensive ink cartridges.
  • Newcastle is wet, bring an umbrella!
  • Remember, it may still be summer when you’re packing, but it will be winter by the time the semester finishes. Newcastle does get cold, so bring warm clothes and a waterproof jacket. For lectures, it is best to layer up. Whilst the walk to uni will be cold, the lecture theatres can get warm, so you might want to take layers off.
  • Halls wardrobes are small. Avoid over packing and bring clothes that you will actually need… and wear!
    • Bring comfortable clothes for lectures
    • Night out clothes (Newcastle has a diverse nightlife. Some people will go out in jeans and trainers, others in dresses and heels. Bring what you would prefer).
    • Sportswear
    • Formal wear (for events, interviews etc.).
  • Bring some comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking whilst in Newcastle. Some advice: go for walks, explore the city, and take the scenic route. Newcastle has so much to offer and so many beautiful things to see.
  • A TV in your room may be nice, but is not necessary. Some halls have TV’s in communal areas, and for those cosy nights in, a laptop and Netflix will usually suffice.
  • You cannot have candles in University halls! Bring a diffuser to keep your room smelling nice.
  • Bring an extension cable. You never know when you might need an extra plug socket.
  • Tissues will come in handy. Not only for the emotional goodbyes with your parents… but also for that dreaded fresher’s flu.
  • Toilet roll can take up a lot of car room when travelling to university. It might be a better idea to bring a roll or two to start, and buy a packet once you’ve arrived.
  • You will not need your car! Newcastle University is in the heart of the city, and almost everything you need will be within walking distance. If not, there is plenty of public transport, including the Tyne & Wear Metro.


Don’t worry! If you have forgotten anything, Newcastle has a great shopping centre! You will be able to find anything you need within the City Centre. Just make sure you have all personal items and documents that are important.

Good luck and welcome to Newcastle University!

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