Have You Packed Your Bags Yet? Take a Look At This To Make Sure You’re Truly Prepared For UCC

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Going to university is a pretty big deal. There’s a reason why everyone is telling you it’s going to be the best few years of your life.

But as well as being super exciting, getting ready to go to university is also super stressful. If you’re going to university for the first time this August, you’re probably going to spend the few weeks leading up to your departure frantically trying to decide what to take to university with you.

Most new uni students haven’t spent more than a few weeks away from home, so it’s almost impossible to know what you need to bring with you, as we Kuulpeeps are kinda the experts at this sort of thing, we thought it was our duty to put together a comprehensive university packing list to ensure that you have everything you need.

Packing For UCC – Our Top Tips
1. Don’t leave it to the last minute – give yourself plenty of time to pack!
2. Shampoos, shower gels, hair conditioners, etc can take up way too much space and weight in your luggage. Think about what you can buy when you get to Campus !
3. Make photocopies of your most important documents (admission letter,Bankers Draft,etc)
4. Bring Slippers ” Chalewote “- you’ll thank us later!

Important documents

The following documents will be extremely important for your move to university, especially during your first few weeks, make copies and keep them safe so that none of them goes missing.

  • Passport/driving license,Voters ID
  • National ID or NHIS Card
  • All official university documents, including your admission letter
  • Passport photos
  • All your Student Finance documents such as Bankers Draft
  • Insurance documents (for international students, who may be required to take out health insurance)

Electrical Items/Entertainment

You’ll want to bring entertainment with you such as your laptop to university as it is said “All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy”

  • Laptop or Ipad
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Extension cable/s (more handy than you might imagine)
  • USB memory stick (for backing up important assignments)
  • Desktop printer (with ink and printer paper “if only you wish”)
  • iPod or MP3 player
  • Headphones
  • Games console (yes, we’re in the “optional” category now!)
  • Camera
  • Speakers

Academic Items

Academic supplies such as books and notepads can take up a significant amount of weight and space in your luggage. So, don’t panic, you can always stock up on everything you need when you get to university .

  • Cellophane Tape
  • Note Books
  • Journal/diary/planner
  • Pens and pencils
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips
  • Stapler and staples
  • Highlighters

Kitchen Items

If you’re living in halls of residence, you do not likely have a fully stocked kitchen, so there’s is a need to pack up a toaster, kettle or a microwave. It’s always worthwhile checking your hall or hostel beforehand

  • A couple of bowls and plates
  • Cutlery
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Water filter
  • Saucepan
  • Wok
  • Sharp knife
  • Frying pan
  • Dish cloths/sponges
  • Electric cooker (gas cooker not allowed in the university hall)
  • Rice Cooker
  • Kettle
  • Heater

Toiletries/Medical Supplies

  • Personal prescription medicine
  • Allergy medicine
  • Paracetamol/cold & flu medicine (you’ll need it for Freshers’ Flu!)
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Birth control pills
  • Condoms
  • Sanitary pads
  • Nail scissors
  • Razors
  • Comb/brush
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair ties
  • Toiletries bag

Bathroom Items

If you’re sharing a bathroom with others in your halls of residence, you’ll want to bring your own towels. And, you’ll be very thankful for the ” Chalewote”, trust us

  • Towels (for hands, face and body)
  • Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower Gel
  • Bathing Soap
  • Shower shoes ” Chalewote”

Bedroom Items

If you’re living in halls of residence, rooms will be furnished with all of the essentials; a bed, a desk, a desk chair, a bedside table, etc. So, all there is left for you to worry about is the basics

  • Duvet
  • Bedsheets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Mattress protector
  • Clothes hangers
  • Mini iron
  • Waste basket
  • Laundry bag or basket (for dragging items to and from the laundry room)


These random items might slip your mind when packing up your stuff, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how handy some of them can be in your time of need.

  • A torch
  • Playing cards
  • Alarm clock
  • Batteries
  • Umbrella
  • Handheld hoover
  • Tool kit
  • Sports equipment
  • Beach towel

Essential non-essentials

  • Photos of family and friends
  • Wall Design
  • Throw blankets/cushions for decoration
  • Fake plants for decoration
  • Fairy lights for decoration
  • Wall mirror/full-length mirror
  • Bulletin board

NB : If you are still unsure of what to take to university and whether you need to buy anything beforehand, consider going to university with just a very light load. This will make certain you don’t buy anything useless


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