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What to bring to University

For many, this is the first time you’re living away from home. Therefore, one of the biggest jobs is deciding what to take with you. It is worth mentioning that in order to determine how much or what items to take, consider first not only the mode of transport you are using to arrive at University, but also what your accommodation already offers. This will be different not only between colleges, but also within college’s different accommodations. Therefore, it is worth checking what’s already there to save money and space. But here’s some useful things to consider bringing with you to University.

  • Bedding
    • At least two sets, so that you can rotate them and allow them to dry between washes.Bright pillows and plaids, isolated on white
  • Towels
  • Similar to bedding, bring enough towels so that you are able to wash and dry them and have spares.
  •  Clothing
    • Now the amount of clothing you bring with you to University is going to be different for everybody, but here are some areas you may not have considered.
      • All weathers – Durham is notorious for bipolar weather, so it’s definitely worth packing that extra fluffy jumper or that big waterproof, especially for winter!1381392603biglightweight1
      • Fancy dress – Although Durham has a collection of charity shops and fancy dress shops, if you already have fancy dress, bring it along! You never know when it might come in handy, especially in Induction week.
      • Formal – With the amount of events available to attend in Durham, as well as college formals and other college events, it is definitely worth having some formal outfits for these occasions.
      • Sport – Although the quantity of sportswear you bring will depend on how involved you wish to be in Durham sport, even casual sportswear is a good idea, as there are so many things to get involved with, and so many lovely routes to go on in and around Durham.
  • Cups, Crockery and Cutlery
  • Even if you are catered, crockery and cutlery is always good for snacks between meals. Cups/mugs/glasses are definitely a must! If you’re living with a lot of people, marking these with nail polish might come in useful when you’re trying to decide which IKEA bowl belongs to who.

dishes, fork, knife and cup for dinner

  • Drying rack
  • If you want to save some money on using a tumble drier, bring along a drying rack. Easy to store as they fit right under your bed, and an easy way to dry off washing.
  • A good bag and a suitcase
  • You’re inevitably going to be carrying stuff around Durham; to lectures, to the library, to and from people’s accommodation – so you need a nice, comfortable, good sized bag for this. And a suitcase not only comes in useful for extra storage under beds, but is handy for weekends away visiting friends or family
  • A bedside lamp
  • Extension cable
  • Really useful to avoid complications from weirdly placed plug sockets.
  • Home comforts
    • Pictures are perfect for jazzing up a dull room, are a great conversation starter and are nice reminders of home.designer's workspace, computer on a white table, photographs hanging on the wall, vintage fashioned, framed paintings on the wall, editing of a photograph in progress on the screen.I hope this has been useful and you enjoy coming to Durham University!
Katy McRae

Katy McRae

My name's Katy and I'm a third year Psychology student at Hatfield College, originally from Wigan.I've blogged for Durham since my first year here, alongside producing numerous productions for Durham Student Theatre and fundraising for Dig Deep - a charity working to provide clean water and sanitation to rural communities in Kenya. Last summer I climbed Kilimanjaro with the charity, and this year I'll be climbing Mount Kenya with some daring Durham students, and YOU could be one of them.

Check out www.climbforcleanwater.org/mtkenya for more information, or check out the facebook group 'Durham University Climb Mount Kenya to Make A Change'.
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Katy McRae

My name's Katy and I'm a third year Psychology student at Hatfield College, originally from Wigan. I've blogged for Durham since my first year here, alongside producing numerous productions for Durham Student Theatre and fundraising for Dig Deep - a charity working to provide clean water and sanitation to rural communities in Kenya. Last summer I climbed Kilimanjaro with the charity, and this year I'll be climbing Mount Kenya with some daring Durham students, and YOU could be one of them.

Check out www.climbforcleanwater.org/mtkenya for more information, or check out the facebook group 'Durham University Climb Mount Kenya to Make A Change'.