Moving into Student Accommodation In Sheffield

What to actually take with you can depend on various situations, But if your unsure about what to bring here's our list of what to pack when moving into student accommodation in Sheffield.

Just for clarification, you won’t need to pack the kitchen sink as the saying goes. But what to actually take with you can depend on various situations, in general as you may be only stopping in your chosen accommodation for a year and possibly be limited to one room and some shared areas. Therefore as space may be at a premium look to pack only the essentials to get you through. It may be best to take less than more. But if your unsure about what to bring here’s our list of what to pack when moving into student accommodation in Sheffield.

What to pack when moving into student accommodation In Sheffield

Documents to bring

You won’t get very far without making sure that you take the correct documents with you. We recommend bringing the following

  • Valid photo ID such as a passport and/or a driving licence
  • Passport photo’s for any new ID you may need to get in University.

For Your Housing think about bringing

  • Your Accommodation Contract
  • Insurance Documents

For University

  • Your University/Course admission letters
  • Student Finance Documents
  • Scholarship or Bursary Letters

Money Information

  • ┬áStudent bank account details & debit card
  • ┬áStudent NUS & Discount cards


  • Vaccination history (especially proof that you’ve received covid vaccinations if applicable)
  • Copies of prescription for medicines

It’s always a good idea to keep a second copy of important documents where possible either at home, in a small safe or stored safely digitally in case something happens to the originals while staying at university.

For Study

You’ll not necessarily receive your recommended course textbook lists yet, so don’t go overboard packing the books. But you will need some stationary, You can either take this with you or pick it up in Sheffield if needs be but as a guide, to get you started:

  • Pens and pencils
  • Ruler
  • Pencil case
  • Scissors
  • Stapler & staples
  • Highlighters
  • A4 or A5 writing pad
  • Student planner
  • Document storage folders
  • Ring-binders
  • Printer paper
  • White tack
  • Post-it notes
  • Calculator

Electrical Items.

Although things like your phone won’t probably leave your person at any time, don’t forget to pack your charger along with

  • Laptop and case / Desktop PC ( Don’t forget the extras like a USB memory stick, ethernet cable and headphones)
  • Power extension cables
  • Device Chargers
  • Batteries

Other entertainment things are optional to take, but think if you have space to take them with you, examples include:

  • Small TV
  • Games-Consoles
  • TV Streaming Stick
  • Speakers

Printers & Ink

You will be able to print things at university, but if your someone who does a lot of printing or prints likes to work out of hours it may be more cost-effective to take your own.


All our bedrooms come with the furniture you’ll need such as bed, wardrobe and desk and drawers, You’ll just need to provide the following soft furnishings

  • Duvet with cover
  • Pillows with cases
  • Bedsheets
  • Coat hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Small mirror
  • Wall clock
  • Clothes horse
  • Desk fan
  • Photos of friends & family


The weather in Sheffield can change from one extreme to the other quicker than you can blink an eyelid. It’s a good idea to pack a range of winter, and rain gear for September to march and pack some lighter summer clothes for April to July. In general, you’ll probably need a range to cover

  • Casual for the daytime and Uni
  • Going out clothes for nighttime
  • Smart for special occasions.
  • Don’t forget your sportswear if you’re into activities like the gym, swimming, cycling etc.

Have a think about storage will you have enough wardrobe and draw space for lots of outfits, Will you need to vacuum storage bags to keep clothes clean and fresh?


It’s probably best to double-check when viewing and before moving in what small appliances are available in the kitchen. If you’re in a house share, arrange with your housemates what everyone is bringing. Otherwise, you could end up with 5 sandwich toasters and no kettle. , Although great for hosting a toasty party it’s probably a bit extreme.

Cookware & Utensils

  • Small cutlery set
  • Plate
  • Bowl
  • Mug x 2
  • Glass x2
  • Sharp knife (general purpose)
  • Scissors
  • Bottle opener
  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Ladle
  • Spatula
  • Wok and/or frying pan
  • Saucepan with lid
  • Colander
  • Measuring jug
  • Can opener
  • Peeler
  • Cheese grater
  • Whisk
  • Baking tray
  • Oven gloves

Kitchen Cleaning & Food Storage

  • Tea towel
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing up sponge or brush
  • Bin bags
  • Tinfoil
  • Cling-film
  • Tupperware


You won’t be eating out every night, and even the best of us can only manage so many pot noodles, Whether you are a gourmet chef or not, a good student cookbook can help you vary your diet. If you’ve got space to take them, stocking up on food and Cupboard essentials (tins and dried foods) will help take the burden off shopping during your busy first few weeks.


  • Bath towel
  • Hand towel
  • Dressing gown
  • Hand soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Toilet roll
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair straighteners
  • Hairdryer
  • Make-up and remover
  • Nail cutters & Tweezers
  • Plasters (or small first-aid kit)
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Sanitary products
  • Contraceptives
  • Paracetamol
  • Medication
  • Personal supplies (e.g. contact lens solution)

Other Things To Bring

  • Multitool
  • Rucksack
  • Weekend bag
  • Umbrella
  • Cash
  • Drinking water bottle
  • ThermoFlask
  • Lighter
  • Hot water bottle
  • Bicycle & Locks
  • Iron and ironing board – Check if this is available or if sharing that you have one between you.
  • Musical instruments

Moving into Student Accommodation Sheffield

Unless you’re looking to get a specialist firm which can be costly to move for you. You should look to take only the things you can fit into the back of a car or small van. Remember that you might be downsizing and not necessarily have room for everything so only pack the things you really need!

Most Importantly don’t forget your keys to your new digs!

About Thornsett Properties

Thornsett Properties have been helping students moving into Student Accommodation in Sheffield since 1985. We supply accommodation to over 650 students studying at Sheffield Uni and Sheffield Hallam Uni every year. Designed to fit with your budget whilst looking for Sheffield student accommodation. Thornsett Properties are property owners and not agents, meaning all our properties are managed by ourselves and not reliant on third parties. Our aim is to help you succeed whilst living and studying in Sheffield student accommodation

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