The Ultimate Student Packing List

We’ve put together an essential checklist of everything you need for university… 



Who is getting ready for university this year? 

Whether it’s your first or fourth year, you always need to make sure you have everything you need to make the most of your time while studying. 

It can be challenging to get this right - particularly if you’re apprehensive about leaving home or just unsure of what you might need to take.

So to help relieve some of the worries, we’ve put together an essential checklist of everything you should consider packing to help you enjoy university to the max. 



Important documents 

Work out what you will need to bring with you. For example, this could include identification, offer letter, confirmation of accommodation address, national insurance number, passport and passport photos… 

Musical equipment 

If you’re a musician or producer, then don’t forget the tools you’ll need to forge your career. This could be a guitar, box of pedals, four-track recorder and more...

If you're thinking of buying new instruments or equipment prior to starting at ICMP, don't forget that you'll be able to access various discounted deals on equipment via ICMP - it might be worth holding out to save some money.

Personal items

Anyone can feel homesick on leaving home for the first time. Remember to pack any photos or items that will make you feel more comfortable in your new accommodation. 


Make sure you pack enough clean items for at least a week - and make sure it’s weather appropriate. At the very least, take a coat and some shoes that can handle rain…



Credit card and debit card

In an increasingly cashless world, your credit and debit cards are essential..

Updated payment apps

If you use Apple Pay, then make sure you have the latest version of the app installed and it’s ready to use. 

Student cards

As a student, many brands offer you discounted goods and services. Make sure you take advantage of these offers and add any student cards to your wallet, either digital or physical.

Domestic living 


Kitchen appliances

This will depend on where you’re living - but if you move into somewhere unfurnished, then remember to take whatever essential kitchen appliances you might need. We recommend a kettle. A microwave might also be handy.

Other kitchen supplies 

You will definitely need plates, bowls, mugs, cutlery and more… Saucepans can be expensive, so try and pick those up beforehand if you can. And don't forget a baking tray for any oven-cooked food!

Food and drink

Non-perishable food and drink items can be a brilliant resource while studying - think tins of soup, tea, dried pasta, coffee and more… Cooking oils and condiments will always be of use too

Sewing kit

In case of any clothing emergencies or repairs.



Books and course materials

Remember to pack whatever physical resources such as books or textbooks that will come in while you’re studying. You don’t have to buy everything before you get to university. To save money, you can use the library or even pick up second hand copies once you have started studying. 

Sturdy backpack or bag

If you’re taking a laptop and any musical equipment to and from university, then you need something reliable to carry it in - preferably as durable as possible to keep your belongings secure and safe. 

Desk supplies

Pens, pencils, paper, highlighters, stapler, and tape can all be essential stationery items.

Electrical items


Power sources 

If you’re using a variety of electronic items, then you’ll need to make sure you have enough ways to keep powered up. Before heading to university, check you have plenty of extension leads, chargers and adaptors to keep everything turned on. A multi-plug extension lead might also serve you well, especially if you've already started developing your home studio set-up.

External hard drive

If you’re storing large files, backing-up content or moving digital assets, then this can be a great resource to rely on. 


Essential for home listening and going to and from university. 


Laptop, laptop charger, mobile and mobile charger, and more. Don't forget that you'll be able to access discounts with your ICMP student email account, so hold off making any pre-uni purchases to ensure you make those savings.




Cycling around London can be a cost-effective way of getting from a to b. If you are going to take the plunge, then remember your wheels alongside a helmet, tyre pump and puncture repair kit. 

Storage containers

Studying at university will mean you will have plenty of resources, tech and musical equipment to look after. Utilising containers of some kind can be a great way of staying on top of potential clutter. 

Umbrella/winter gear

We've already mentioned this but taking a coat and appropriate winter gear can be very useful. Especially when studying in the UK and its unpredictable weather.

Bedding and bath



Sheets, duvet, blanket, pillows and pillowcases are all essential.


As our hand towels, bath towels and flannels. 


Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and deodorant

Cleaning supplies

All-purpose cleaner, disinfectant wipes, kitchen roll, and bin bags. Cling film and foil will also help to cut down on wastage too, ensuring food doesn't spoil in your fridge.

Washing supplies

Laundry detergent, fabric conditioner, and laundry basket.

First aid kit

Plasters, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and any other necessary medications. 

Bathroom supplies 

Shower shoes and bath mat could be useful.

Iron and ironing board

For keeping your clothes looking neat and tidy.


To hang up your clothes and keep them wrinkle-free.


In case of a power outage or emergency.

Bin or waste paper basket

For keeping your room clean and organised.

Mattress topper

To make your bed more comfortable. 

Take the first steps in your music career with ICMP

We've been developing and delivering contemporary music education for over 30 years – longer than any other music school in the UK. With a proven track-record, countless music industry connections and unrivalled access to facilities, it's easy to see why hundreds of students choose ICMP each year. 

To completely immerse yourself in your music career, chat with our friendly Admissions Team via email or give them a call on 020 7328 0222.

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by ICMP staff writer
April 24, 2023
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