Figuring out what to take to university can be a headache sometimes, especially for freshers.

Before your 1st day of Uni, you may overthink (or underthink) the things you need to carry along.

This article offers a checklist of items that would be helpful to you in the University.

The scope of this list covers basic items, however, you may need more or less depending on your program of study.

These have been grouped into categories: Essential items (Documents), Electricals, Room, Cooking, Clothing, Classroom and Others.

Three African ladies looking at a tablet device

Essentials

Under the essential list are documents you are required to have in the university. Different institutions have different requirements but this list will point you in the right direction.

  • Admission letter (Acceptance letter)
  • Accommodation letter (Hall of residence etc.)
  • Course Registration
  • Passport photos
  • ID cards (Ghana card, voter’s ID)
  • Scholarship letter

For international students, you may need to have other documents like a Passport, COVID card, Proof of funds and Visa documents.

As stated before, go through your admission letter and any other official emails (scholarship etc.) for any documents that may have been left out.

Electricals

  • Mobile phone
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Pendrive or any other storage device
  • Power bank
  • Kettle/heater
  • Iron

Again this list is not a one-size fit. Your individual preference will determine if you need these.

Cooking

For most institutions, you will be sharing a balcony or kitchen with other people. Some uni’s do not allow gas cylinders in the traditional halls, so bear that in mind.

  • Cutlery set (spoons, forks, knives)
  • Plates, Bowls
  • Cups/mugs
  • Rice cooker
  • Hot pan (electric cooker)

Room

For most schools, you may not need to bring a bed, fan or lockers.

  • Bed sheets
  • Pillow
  • Duvet
  • Mirror
  • Hangers
  • Buckets
  • Brush, combs, flip-flops (slippers)
  • Hygiene products (soaps, creams, pads/tampons, sanitizers) … no brainer right?
  • Towel
  • Make-up (iykyk)
  • Nail cutter

Clothing

  • Top (Shirts, tees, tank tops)
  • Bottom (Trousers, skirts, jeans)
  • Dresses
  • Shoes
  • Sweaters,
  • Underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Tie
  • Watch
  • Sport wear
  • Bag
  • Caps
Ghanaian students in a lecture hall

Classroom

  • Pens, pencils
  • Books, writing pad
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Calculator

Others

  • Umbrella (when it rains, it pours)
  • First aid items (OTC painkillers, dewormers, etc.)
  • Sewing kit (Needle, thread)
  • Speakers
  • Gaming console

In case you forget to pack something, there are countless shops in and around campus from which you can buy your stuff.

Sometimes, these shops offer student discounts which can help you save some cash.

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