What to pack for your student rental home

Students are on the move, with many arriving with their suitcases at their accommodation for the very first time.

And whether they are renting a space in a purpose-built block or sharing a furnished private home, they need to think about what they are taking with them.

Our advice for students is to talk to their landlord, agent or halls manager to find out what is included and work their way through this helpful checklist:

*Find out if household accessories such as bins, desk lamps and coat hangers are included – if not work out what you need.

*You will probably need to bring your own bedding – you might wish to bring extra pillows for comfort and a mattress protector and topper too.

*Consider packing two sets of duvet covers, undersheets and pillow cases so you have spares for when you are doing the laundry.

*Pack a blanket or two for extra warmth when the weather is especially cold.

*Find out which (if any) kitchen items are supplied. If you do need to bring a toaster and kettle etc, discuss these with your housemates so you don’t end up doubling up.

*Likewise, look into whether glasses, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans etc are supplied and decide among you who will bring what.

*Pack some basic cleaning products, including washing up liquid and washing machine detergent, as well as cloths and tea towels.

*Check out what comes with the bathroom – you will certainly need towels but you might also need a bath mat.

*In addition to your own personal toiletries, consider bringing hand soap, towels and toilet roll for sharing.

*Think about what might make your digs feel more comfortable – extra cushions, throws and perhaps even a rug.

*As well as chargers for your electronic devices, consider whether extension cables and adaptors might be useful.

Finally, think about what else you need to start yourself off in your new home…

*Pack some staple food items for your fridge and kitchen cupboards.

*Don’t forget to bring extra bags – work bags, laundry bags and shopping bags could all be useful.

*You will be able to buy stationery when you arrive but might wish to arrive with a few bits and pieces to start you off.

*Don’t forget your important documents – passport, driving licence, course or institution documents, medical and bank details.

*Pack a few personal items to make yourself feel at home, such as photos, ornaments, favourite books and maybe even a vase of flowers…