We're into the summer break and it's less than two weeks to A Level results day!

We're all into our PMA here at Ooh so we're going to bet that everyone gets the results they need to get to the university of their choice.

Now of course it's exciting, a new chapter, all grown up and ready to take the world by storm, but woah, slow down, let's get practical! 

As much as living away from home is an adventure, it's important to cover all bases and make the transition run as smoothly as possible for both the brainbox and mum and dad. 

So, what will they need to take? 

It’s tempting to pack up the car with all the home comforts but remember the campus visit?  Those rooms aren’t that big. So don't sweat the big stuff!

No need for toasters, microwaves and kettles, the chances are they'll be provided and will be PAT tested . There’s no need for 4 toasters and kettles after all! 

We've done a bit of research so you don't have to!

Here's the list of essentials and not so essential things that you’ll need to pack. 

The Essentials - Important Paperwork

Make sure that your little brainbox has a file of all their essential paperwork.  Starting off on the right foot will relieve any stress and tension in the first few days when they are settling in, leaving them free to mix and mingle and make new friends.  Some of the documents required include.

  • Valid passport and/or driving licence (ID)
  • University admission acceptance letter/Course acceptance letter
  • Accommodation contract
  • Student finance documents/scholarship or bursary letters
  • Insurance documents
  • Passport photos
  • Vaccination history /Prescription copies
  • Bank debit card
  • Student discount cards

Electrical Products

Remember the essentials, the electrical items that they’ll need to get through lectures as well as a way of keeping in touch with their new pals and of course family.

  • Laptop and Printer
  • USB memory stick
  • Ink and paper
  • Ethernet and extension cables
  • Headphones
  • Portable speakers
  • Games console
  • USB TV Stick
  • Device chargers
  • Batteries

Home comforts – Bed and Bath

This is where it all about making them feel at home and providing those virtual cuddles. Favourite bedding, photos and childhood cuddly toy?  New PJ’s and Dressing Gown and of course toiletries.

  • Bedding
  • Mattress protector
  • Coat hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Small mirror
  • Wall clock
  • Clothes horse
  • Desk fan
  • Small safe
  • Earplugs
  • Photos of friends & family


  • Bath towel/Hand towel
  • PJ’s and Dressing gown
  • Toiletries – Soap, toothpaste etc.
  • Flip-flops
  • Toilet roll
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair straighteners/dryer
  • Make-up and remover
  • Nail cutters/Tweezers
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Sanitary products
  • Contraceptives/STI testing kit
  • Paracetamol/Medication
  • Personal supplies (e.g. contact lens solution)

The Essential Kitchen - practical items that will be needed on a day to day basis

  • Student recipe book
  • Small cutlery set
  • Plate/Bowl/Mug/Glass
  • Sharp knife (general purpose)
  • Scissors
  • Tupperware
  • Bottle opener
  • Chopping board
  • Ladle/Spatula
  • Pans
  • Measuring jug
  • Can opener/Peeler
  • Cheese grater/Whisk
  • Baking tray
  • Oven gloves/Tea towel
  • Washing up liquid/Washing up sponge or brush
  • Bin bags
  • Tin foil/Cling-film

Food - not the big shop, that can be done close to the campus.

  • Tea/Coffee/Sugar
  • Dried pasta and Rice
  • Biscuits and chocolate to share with new friends
  • Beer!

Remember that this is the start of a new chapter and is often the first step to independence.  Here is where real friendships are made, friendships that can last a lifetime.

We have curated a special Student Gift Box with a selection of handy treats to celebrate the new chapter and we’ve also got some great gifts that are perfect for those who need to commute to lectures. Check out our Practical Gifts section.