Moving away to university can be daunting. For many, it is the first time you will have to effectively create a new home for yourself. Some things you can certainly pick up once you are at uni, but a few things are worth thinking about before you go.
A-Level notes – if they are at all relevant to your course, you’ll probably find them useful for reference – to remind you of all the things you’ve forgotten during the summer. Especially the grammar. Grammar's a right dick. Stationery – pens, paper, folders – you will be able to buy all these.
Books – only buy the ones you know you’re going to need (and be aware that you can probably buy them cheaper from 2nd years when you arrive/pick them up in the SU for free). Otherwise wait to see what reading lists your lecturers give you. Also see our recommended reading list.
Registration details – these are really useful for the first couple of days and then can be left at the bottom of a drawer for the next few years (UCAS forms or a letter from the university confirming your place).
Passport photos for university registration, every official document you own – French bureaucracy is notoriously long winded so bring copies of your passport photo, birth certificate, student cards, bank statements, health cards, driving license - as much as you can think of!
Laptop/desktop computer – Remember to also bring a USB stick to back up your work and possibly a cheap printer (although you can always print things off at uni). Make sure you remember to insure these items.
Bedside lamp/desk lamp – Useful for reading in bed or to have on your desk for when you work.
Phone charger – it’s amazing how irritating it is if you forget this.
Extension cable – you will also find a 4+ socket extension lead useful. Many rooms will have few power sockets. Also don't forget to bring loads of English to French plug adaptors.
Washing basket – you should also bring with you some washing powder/conditioner just to get you started.
An iron and small ironing board – always useful so that you can iron your clothes so that you look presentable for more formal uni occasions.
Towels, sheets, pillows, duvets, blanket – find out exactly what is provided for you before you go.
Clothes hangers – you’ll often find some left by your room’s previous occupant, but you can never have too many.
Posters – rooms tend to look a bit bare and miserable until you decorate them.
Photos – anything to make the room feel like your own.
Kitchen (depending on your accommodation)
Toastie machine – invaluable for a quick meal.
George Foreman Grill – this is very useful for meat, vegetarian foods and fish. It is a quick and easy way to cook healthy food. You should check with your accommodation what kitchen facilities they will provide.
Cooking utensils – you will need: a frying pan, a saucepan and a wooden spoon. A colander is also pretty much essential for draining pasta, vegetables etc. A student cookbook will also come in handy.
Plates, cutlery, cups – make sure you bring enough plates, bowls, side plates, cutlery and cups. You should however check with your accommodation to see if they provide these as some do.
Toaster, kettle – worthwhile to bring with. Again, you should however check with your accommodation to see if they provide these. Also double up as weapons in case anyone looks at you funny.