Essential Items List For New University Students

December 16, 2021 - 6 mins read

Heading off to university for the first time can be exciting and nerve-wracking. Whether you’re coming straight from high school or have taken some time off, entering higher education isn’t just about learning new things and getting that degree: it’s often a big lifestyle change too. For starters, if you’re moving out of home, you’ll need to pack and get those all-important uni essentials sorted before classes begin.

To help you get started, we’ve put together some helpful information and advice on the best essential items you should have when going to university for the first time. And don’t worry – this won’t be on the exam!

Essential Items List For New University Students

What to consider when starting university

University life is a little different from school or work life. Studying and attending classes will likely be your priority, but there’s also the social side of things, exams and even part-time employment to support yourself. To find the right essential items for university, first, start with a simple university checklist to make sure you’ve considered all the different situations you might find yourself in.

Important documents Tech and electrical items Stationery Bedroom Clothing Bathroom
  • - Passport
  • - Bank cards
  • - Accommodation details
  • - Bank account details
  • - Pens and pencils
  • - Notebooks
  • - Highlighters
  • - Post-it notes
  • - Study books
  • - Sheets
  • - Blankets
  • - Pillows
  • - Towels
  • - Desk lamp
  • - Fan
  • - Casual clothing
  • - Shoes
  • - Fancy dress
  • - Watch

Everyone’s list will be slightly different depending on what items you already have and the living situation you’re moving into, but it’s important to plan ahead so you’re prepared for anything. We’ve got some great uni deals for students on key items, so make sure you check out the deals and start building your wishlist.

“Studying and attending classes will likely be your priority, but there’s also the social side of things, exams and even part-time employment to support yourself.”

Laptop vs tablet or iPad for your school (BYOD)

Many schools have a bring your own device (BYOD) policy, so you have some flexibility to pick your own devices from a list the school provides. You might be considering a Macbook or iPad for school – and if iPad is your preferred option, you’re likely wondering which is the best iPad for students. Or, if you have your heart set on a laptop, you might like to check out this handy guide we’ve put together on our top 5 best seller laptops for learning.

There are various benefits in using either a laptop, tablet or iPad for school work. While laptops may have a bigger screen and keyboard, your child might prefer to use a touchscreen instead on a tablet or laptop. It also depends on what year level they’re in and which programs they need to use. If you’re ever unsure, check with the school for clarity and specific advice.

Essentials items for all university students

No matter what you’re studying, there are a few uni essentials that every first-time student will need. So, when you’re planning your list of things to buy for university, you might consider factoring these items into your budget.

Computer or iPad

This should be near the top of your ‘what to take to uni’ list. Depending on your course of study, you might choose desktop or laptop computer or go more portable and get an iPad or tablet. The best computer for university is likely to be the one that’s the most flexible and supports all the amazing work (and play) you’re going to do.

When it comes to laptops, check out the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12.4" i5 4GB 64GB Pl. It’s lightweight and has an awesome 13 hours of battery life (basically all day) you can write those essays in style without rushing to find a charging point. But if you’ve got your eye on a tablet, take a look at the Apple iPads. You can take handwritten notes on it with the Apple Pencil (bought separately) and even attach a keyboard, turning it into a laptop. This is a great option if you’re a visual learner too, as you can take photos as you go using the iPad’s 8-megapixel back camera.

Laptop bag

To keep your computer or tablet safe, it’s a good idea to invest in a computer bag. They come in a range of different fabrics and styles, plus most bags also have room for your notebooks and stationery. A great example of this is the AGVA 15.6" Clamshell Laptop Briefcase. It has a large mesh internal pocket plus a removable shoulder strap for when you’re on the go. It’s stylish, durable and perfect for keeping your uni computer protected.

Alternatively, if you’re toting around a lot of books and other supplies, check out the ENCORE Bondi Essentials Backpack (Black/Blue). You can slide your laptop into the back and still have room for everything else you need to dominate your day!

Hard drives

One fear a lot of students have is losing their work – especially on a laptop or other device. Make sure that doesn’t happen to you by investing in a USB or hard drive to back up your precious work. You can attach a Sandisk 32GB Cruzer Snap USB FlashDrive (Black) to your keychain so it’s always with you and that way you have peace of mind that you’ve got a backup should something happen to your laptop.

Chargers and battery packs

Similar to backing up your work, make sure you’ve got the right computer accessories for your devices when you’re studying. If you’re in the Apple universe, having a spare Apple Lightning to USB Cable (1m) could be a lifesaver when you’re working on campus to keep your iPhone or iPad charging while you’re busy researching.

Similarly, it can often be difficult on campus to find a free spot to charge your devices. Carrying a Cygnett 20,000 mAh ChargeUp Pro USB-C Power Bank with you to charge your laptop, phone or gaming device can save you time and allow you to continue studying at the same time.


A pair of high-quality headphones can help you get in that productive study zone, especially if you’re working at uni surrounded by distractions. If you’re an Apple fan, you might like to check out the Apple AirPods with Charging Case. These super discreet earphones have crystal-clear sound and allow you to take calls via their built-in microphone.

If reducing noise and finding some quiet is your goal, then the Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones are a great option. They’re wireless and have intelligent audio technology designed to help you block out the world. You can even create personalised listening settings that allow you to listen to your tunes and hear what’s happening around you at the same time!


If you need to print your study notes or reference materials out at home, then it could be beneficial to invest in a printer. We’ve got a wide range of printers, paper and ink for every budget, all from well-known brands like Canon, Brother and HP.

Moving away from home for University

If you’re also moving out of your family home to attend university, there are other items you’ll have to consider adding to your uni essentials list. You might need to get some bigger items, like a washing machine or fridge, but don’t forget to think about the little things too. Start by asking yourself: what do I use every day at home? Often the first thing that comes to mind is food!

Kitchen essentials

Your ‘what to take to uni’ list isn’t complete without adding a few key small kitchen appliances. If you’re sharing with other people, make sure you check to see what kitchen essentials they already have so you don’t double up. But if you’re living on your own, here are a few items you might want to consider to turn your new house into a home:

  • Nutribullet Pro 1200: get your morning smoothie ready with this powerful and versatile blender. You can also make salsas, sauces and soups in it too!
  • Nespresso DeLonghi Inissia Capsule Coffee Machine - Black: if you like your morning coffee, then this Nespresso machine is a must-have. Make cafe-quality lattes with the frother and clean up in a flash (it’s super easy to wipe down and keep tidy).
  • Breville Bit More Plus 4 Slice Toaster: a simple and quick breakfast of avocado on toast is made a breeze with this toaster from Breville. Cook four slices at once and keep an eye on things with its lift and look feature.
  • Sunbeam Compact Cafe Grill: love a good toastie? This grill does two sandwiches at once and is easy to keep clean and store once you’re done.
  • Breville Soft Top Dual Kettle: get your tea fix with this powerful 1.7 L kettle. It has a stainless-steel finish (easy to wipe down and clean) and boils water quickly, so you can have hot beverages in minutes.

Get ready for the school year at The Good Guys

Start ticking items off your list of university supplies with us – we’ve got an amazing range of tech, computer accessories and kitchen essentials for you to choose from. Shop online or at your local store for your uni essentials, and we offer contactless delivery or in-store pickup to help make your transition into studying that little bit easier and exciting!

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