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What do I need to bring to Uni?

Published: 18 Aug 17

Congratulations! You got the grades and you’re coming to study in the best city in the world. For the majority of you, this will be the first time you’ve lived away from home, but don’t panic; here's our list of everything you'll need to be prepared for the move.

Quick public service announcement – less is more. All Chapter London rooms have lots of storage so bring your everyday bits; but you don’t want to clutter up your new digs with stuff that will collect dust. Remember, you can always get family or friends to post bits if needs be. London is renowned for being one of the top shopping cities in the world, so you can kit your room out, whatever your taste and budget.

If you've ever heard the expression ‘all four seasons in one day’, you'll know what to expect from London's weather. Beautiful summer's days in mid-October: check. Torrential downpours in July: check. Basically, you’ll need to cover all bases. Here's the bare necessities:

Bottoms – Jeans, skirts, shorts, leggings, and smarter trousers if you're looking for work or internships.
Tops – T-shirts, shirts, blouses, jumpers & jackets are all necessary.
Shoes – Casual sneakers, flats, gym/running shoes, sliders or flip flops, and smart shoes/heels for nights out.
Outerwear – A waterproof coat is a must, as well as a thick warm one for the winter.
Underwear  Stock up on pants and socks.
Comfort clothing – Joggers, a warm hoodie and woolly socks for those inevitable all-night essay sessions.
Accessories – Hats, scarves and gloves will definitely help with those 9 am lectures through the winter. 

It’s probably worth buying this when you arrive in London if you’re coming from overseas. You can either purchase direct from Chapter using the new Service App or there’s any number of shops you can get this stuff from – Argos, Ikea or Marks and Spencer are all solid choices. You will need:

Duvet & Duvet Cover – Check out the tog rating; if you’re susceptible to the cold, go for at least 13.5.
Sheets & Mattress Protector
Pillow(s) & Cases
Bath & Hand Towels
Bath Mat
Laundry Bin

If you’ve booked a studio, you’ll need to pick up all the things you cook and eat with. If you’re moving into a shared apartment, twin studio, or Ensuite room, it's worth holding off to see if your new flatmates want to purchase together, or each provide different bits to share. Again, there are loads of stores in London where you can get inexpensive kitchen stuff, or if you want it ready for your move in, you can pre-order from our Chapter Service App and save yourself the effort during check in week. We recommend picking up:

Cutlery – Knives, forks & spoons.
Crockery – Plates, bowls & mugs.
Utensils – Chopping board, sharp knife, wooden spoon, vegetable peeler, grater & tin opener.
Pots & Pans – A frying pan and at least 2 saucepans with lids should do the trick.
Tupperware – Both for storage in the fridge, and taking lunch to the uni library with you.

Personal Effects

Remember, it’s your room. As long as you’re not causing any lasting damage, feel free to personalise it as you feel.

Photos  Family, friends, girl/boyfriends and pets.
Ornaments – Frames, trinkets, house plants and fairy lights will brighten up the place. Remember, no candles or incense burners!
Laptop or Tablet  Pretty much an essential, both for uni assignments and Netflix binges.
Posters & hangings – Whatever you're into.
ID  You won’t get into a single nightclub in London without proof of age. A passport or driving licence will do the trick.


Everything else can be picked up when you arrive. Here’s a list to grab on your first trip to the supermarket:

Washing Detergent – All Chapter London locations have washers and dryers, but you’ll need detergent.
Bathroom Supplies – Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, facewash, shower gel, toilet paper etc. Hopefully most of this list was common sense, but just in case!
Grooming & Beauty Products – Razors, shaving cream, wax, tweezers, nail clippers, cotton buds and whatever lotions, creams, colognes and perfumes you use to keep you looking like a million bucks.
Medicine – Pick up some basic remedies to ward off the dreaded freshers flu - hit Superdrug or Boots.
Multivitamins – The easiest way to keep healthy if you’re not getting 5 a day in the first couple of weeks.
Stationary – Notepads, biros, folders, post-its and highlighters if you’re old school in your note taking.

Got everything? This list should get you off to a fine start in your new home. Forgetting something is going to inevitable, but never fear; the staff at the buildings are always happy to recommend the best local spots to pick up any bits you need.

In the mean time, make sure you join our 17/18 residents groups to meet your new neighbours!

Aldgate Highbury Islington Kings X Lewisham Portobello South B Spitalfields

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