Nine things to pack for halls

Starting university is an exciting time, but there's a lot to consider if you're moving for the first time. Here are a few ideas for what you should bring along to your student accommodation.

1. Laptop

A laptop should always be number one on the list of things to bring to halls. Not only is a laptop the most essential piece of equipment in a student's arsenal, but it also gives you a back up for when you're not interested in what your flatmates are watching on the communal Smart TV.

2. Bicycle

Each of Edinburgh Napier's accommodation sites has a secure bicycle storage facility. Cycling is a great way to get from your home to your campus and save yourself a lot of money on fuel or bus fares - it's also much better for the environment. So, make the most of Edinburgh's fantastic cycle routes and bring your bike!

3. Hairdryer

Easily forgotten but essential if you want to avoid damp hair in morning lectures. Make sure to pack a hairdryer and any other styling tools you rely on - our halls have plenty of power points to hook up your essentials.

4. Kitchen accessories

When you’re not chowing down on a kebab or pouring some hot water into your last-minute pot noodle, you might want to make the most of the modern kitchen facilities available to you and prep a fresh meal for you and your flatmates.

Our communal kitchens come fitted with cookers, fridges, and freezers but you have to bring your own baking trays, knives, and chopping boards. A flat baking tray is always a good idea for that late night pizza - your flatmates can do the washing up!

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5. Bedding

Your bedroom will come equipped with a comfy 3/4 double bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, and bookshelves – everything you need, really. Just bring your favourite sheets, duvets and pillows to brighten the space and maximise comfort.

6. Tupperware

Whether you prepared your lunch before class or have leftovers from dinner, you’ll be glad you brought reusable Tupperware containers to store it. Not keen on buying plastic? Many retailers stock glass or bamboo alternatives that are more environmentally friendly.

7. Headphones

Headphones: the number one study aid. Maybe your flatmates are being a bit noisy and you’re trying to relax in your own room, or you really need to hear that recorded feedback from your lecturer – whatever the reason, investing in a pair of headphones will pay off!

8. Laundry bag/basket

All of our accommodation sites have central laundry rooms to make washing and drying your clothes that little bit easier. Be sure to bring along a bag or basket to lug your jeans to and fro.

9. Personal touches

Once you get settled in your new home, you might want to make it more you. Why not invest in a plant or some decorations to nail down that Feng Shui? Snake plants and succulents are hard to kill and will keep your room fresh, while a small desk lamp can help for studying and fairy lights can add a bit of sparkle.

Student Accommodation

Edinburgh Napier currently houses 1,240 students over three sites in and around the city centre. Our accommodation is affordable, modern and supported by a dedicated team of University staff.