Moving into University Halls: 10 University Bedroom Essentials

Are you starting university in September? Will you be living in a private flat or in student housing? Then you’re certainly pondering what to take with you when moving in your new room.

Below is a list of ten university bedroom requirements!

Important Advice:

Before moving into student accommodation or halls, it’s advisable to visit their website and review the list of provided items such as bins and desk lamps. This will help you avoid bringing unnecessary duplicates of items you already possess.

Bedding move in Essentials:

Of course, you’ll require a duvet, pillows, and bedsheets for your bed. Prior to making any purchases, check the accommodation website to determine the bed size (single, ¾, double, etc.). We suggest investing in two sets of bedsheets. This way, you can easily make your bed with one set while the other is being washed. It also offers the advantage of having a variety.

Additionally, consider bringing a snug blanket for chilly winters or enjoyable movie nights on the sofa with your flatmates.

Mattress Protector:

We highly suggest investing in a mattress protector or mattress topper when moving in any new accommodation. After all, who knows who was lying on that bed before you? 😄 It’s probably best not to dwell on it. Moreover, a mattress protector will add an extra layer of comfort. 

Laundry Bag/Hamper (with handles!):

It’s essential to have a designated spot for your dirty laundry, (the floor or the bottom of your wardrobe isn’t the best solution!). Therefore, investing in a small laundry bag or hamper with handles is highly recommended. The handles make it easy to carry, which is especially beneficial in university accommodation where the laundry facilities may be located in a different building. This way, you can effortlessly transport your dirty clothes from your room to the laundry area.

Overdoor Hangers:

Since space can be limited in university rooms, over door hangers are a fantastic solution for keeping things organised and out of the way. You can use them to hang up jackets, coats, bags, and towels, ensuring they don’t clutter up your room. Consider using an overdoor hanger for bags and coats in your room, and another one in your bathroom to hang up your shower towel. It’s a simple yet effective way to make the most of your available space.

Extra Storage:

In university halls, the available storage space can often be limited, usually consisting of a bookshelf and some desk drawers. If you find yourself in need of more storage, consider purchasing additional storage boxes or containers, particularly for the bathroom. These can be helpful in keeping your belongings organised and accessible.

Desk Lamp and Paper Bin:

Before purchasing a desk lamp and paper bin, it’s wise to review the accommodation description online to avoid duplication. You wouldn’t want to end up with two of the same items. Usually, the paper bin provided in halls should suffice, but you might find it beneficial to have a small pedal bin for the bathroom.

Regarding the desk lamp, keep in mind that the one provided in halls might not always meet your expectations in terms of quality or functionality. Therefore, you might want to consider bringing your own or be prepared to make do with the one provided, knowing its potential limitations.

Extension Cable:

In some cases, you might find that there are limited electricity sockets in your room or that they are inconveniently located. To tackle this issue, it’s a smart idea to have an extension cable on hand. This will allow you to extend the reach of your power source and make it easier to plug in and use your electronic devices without any hassles. Just be careful not to create fire hazards and keep electricals safe and switched off when not in use.


Slippers are not only essential for keeping your feet warm during cold winter days but also for practical reasons, especially in shared kitchens. Trust us on this one: you definitely do not want to walk around the shared kitchen in your socks or bare feet. The kitchen floors can be quite unpleasant, and you’ll likely encounter spills and messes that could lead to uncomfortable situations. So, having a comfortable pair of slippers is a must to maintain cleanliness and avoid any unpleasant experiences while navigating the kitchen.

If anyone has any further questions or needs assistance about moving in, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Having a comprehensive list like this can certainly make the university experience more comfortable and organised. Best of luck, and we hope they benefit many students!