News | Wednesday, 11th September 2019

Graduate Ashleigh shares her 10 things to bring to university

It’s nearly time for you to start your Manchester Metropolitan adventure and we hope you are just as excited for the new academic year as we are.

We want to make sure you settle into university life as soon as possible and a big part of this is making sure you have packed the right things to help you make Manchester Metropolitan feel like home. We know packing is never fun, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

To help you with those tough packing decisions, we have caught up with recent graduate Ashleigh, who stayed in University accommodation every year during her studies, who tells us her top 10 things to bring to university:

“When I moved into university halls, I realised I took way too many things (that I struggled to fit into the car) and I always wished I had a list of the most important things to bring.

“From my experience during the three years I lived in halls, these are the things that should definitely be on your list:

  1. Photos from home – family photos can instantly make you feel at home, wherever you may be
  2. A diary –  to help you plan your work and journal your university experience
  3. Clothes hangers – I didn’t take any and I had to fold all of my clothes in a pile until I bought some
  4. Pots, pans, crockery and utensils – the more the merrier (they have legs of their own…)
  5. A toiletries bag – for you to carry bottles to and from the bathroom easier
  6. iPad/tablet/laptop – to watch your favourite films and shows in your spare time
  7. Bedding – majority of our halls are single beds, with the occasional ¾ size (check on our accommodation website for more details)
  8. Food and drink – make this a priority when you check in to your room, it will save you a lot of time and money
  9. An umbrella – unfortunately the rumours are true, it does rain a lot in Manchester
  10. Positive mind set – I know first-hand how you are feeling, I know it might seem scary moving from home, but believe me, my Manchester Met journey was the most exciting and rewarding adventure

"I hope you have found my list of recommendations useful for planning your move to Manchester Met. You can also view our checklist of what to bring, if you would like some more suggestions.

“Enjoy your time at the University and good luck – it will go quicker than you think!”

For more information about the support available to students in halls, please visit our accommodation webpage and make sure you keep up-to-date with the latest University news with Student Life.

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