03 Aug 2022

The ultimate University shopping & packing list 2022

The Latte Lounge has created the ultimate shopping and packing list for University so that you’ll know what to buy and what to pack for your loved one.

If you have a son or daughter moving to University and you’re wondering what you need to buy and pack then look no further.

This list is your complete guide to all of the packing essentials for the University student of 2022. It covers everything you'll need, including cooking items, bathroom and bedroom items and a few treat suggestions too! The guide also includes suggestions from our 23,000+ strong Facebook community of midlife mums. You can print off the guide to tick off each item as you buy it and pack it.

Once you've started thinking about the packing, then read on for a copy of our free student cookbook too!

RELATED ARTICLE: Things your teen needs to do before starting university

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Print it out, tick it off - sorted!

We're also delighted to offer a student cookbook - packed with tasty treats such as Chicken & Ginger Stir Fry, Easy Lamb Skewers and Veggie Pittas. Each meal is easy to make, with simple ingredients and there's swaps listed for when your teen doesn't quite have the right ingredients to hand. A huge thank you to The Latte Lounge Nutritionist Lisa Swabel for authoring this cookbook for us.

Download your copy to give to your child here:

What your teen needs to do before starting university

Dental check-ups, student loans, mobile phone contracts and more - there can be a long list of preparations your teen needs to make before they head of to Uni. Head to our guide for how to prepare your teen for university for all of the top tips.

The Latte Lounge shopping and packing guide for University 2022:


  • Duvet & pillows
  • Two sets bedding (wash one, use one)
  • Cushion
  • Mattress protector
  • Mattress topper
  • Bedside lamp
  • Ear plugs / eye mask

Bathing & showering

  • Dressing gown
  • Bath towels
  • Shower mat
  • Wash bag
  • Flip flops
  • Toilet roll
  • Toilet brush
  • Air freshener
  • Handwash & hand sanitiser
  • Toiletries 
  • Hairdryer / hair straighteners
  • Make-up mirror
  • Mini toiletry storage unit (not essential) 


  • Kitchen cupboard essentials (pasta, rice, tins, condiments, cereals, tea, coffee)
  • Tea towels
  • Oven gloves
  • Washing up liquid & sponge
  • Tin opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Cutlery
  • Plates
  • Glasses & mugs
  • Plastic tupperware
  • Cling film / Tin foil
  • Saucepans & frying pan
  • Wok
  • Baking tray
  • Set of cooking utensils 
  • Chopping board
  • Set of knives
  • Cheese grater
  • Sieve
  • Colander
  • Peeler
  • Oven gloves
  • Kitchen towel

Clothes & washing

  • Washing basket
  • Washing powder and fabric softener
  • Stand-up clothes drier
  • Hangers
  • Mini iron & ironing board
  • Fabric freshener (Febreeze)
  • Hanging organiser
  • Job interview outfit


  • Laptop
  • Laptop case & backpack
  • Laptop study table
  • Chargers
  • Portable charger
  • Extension lead
  • Printer, paper and ink
  • Pens, notebooks, highlighter pens
  • Post-it notes

Other stuff

  • Small Bin 
  • Door stop
  • Blu tack (or white tack)
  • Scissors
  • Packing tape
  • Batteries
  • Lighter
  • First Aid kit & key medicines (including plasters and paracetamol)
  • Underbed storage boxes
  • Stick on hooks
  • Command strips
  • Photos, frames and decorative ornaments
  • Notice board and drawing pins
  • ID (NI number, NHS number, passport)
  • Important phone numbers
  • Reusable coffee / tea mug


  • Hand sanitiser
  • Handwash
  • Washable face masks and disposable face masks
  • Proof of Covid jabs


  • Supermarket vouchers
  • Coffee gift cards
  • Amazon vouchers
  • Netflix subscription
  • Spotify premium membership
  • Nutribullet 
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