Notepads for those little times you hear a quote or something
Plain paper for doodlez/art
Postcards/posters for decoration
extra USB cables if you're taking a camera - they go missing very easily
A pen/cil pot for your desk
A Letter Writing Set - an extra channel of communication between you and friends and family, to take you back to the time before texting and emailing, and to give you something to look forward to in the post.
Dry Shampoo - a lifesaver after a late night out or a lazy day.
Ditto to most of the previous replies of which I may repeat:
*Slippers - You do not want to be walking aorund barefoot...
*Earplugs - Sometimesit is really nice to just sleep without be woken up
*Fancy Dress / face paints / old clothes - You will NEED them
*Blue Tac - To stick up all those useless posters you collect at freshers fair
*Tin Opener / Bread Knife / Corkscrew - Amazing how you just don't think to get them
*Plastic containers - if you're self catered to freeze left over food
A sense of humour.
The ability to drink and realise when enough is enough.
About 8 pairs of pumps to go out in, because they will get ruined.
A deck of cards.
A spare, cheap mobile phone, because you will loose yours.
A scented candle or two, because if you invite someone round, and your flatmates smell, your room wont.
A spare blanket/duvet.
A few cheap tins, rice pudding is a particular favourite of mine.
(Original post by Kittykatkat)
Your school uniform (really!).
Yep, definitely, you'll be surprised the number of school dress up nights there are!
Something to put dirty laundry in that is also portable so you can take it to the laundry room.
Small change - go to the bank and get £10 worth of 50ps, of 20ps, and of pound coins. 50ps are like golddust at my uni!
A lamp. Useful even if you are provided with one, then you can have one for your desk and one for near your bed. The main lights aren't often particularly bright.
Squash - in case you're coming from a hardwater place to softwater or vice versa and don't like the taste!
Mugs. Spare cups, plates, bowls, and cutlery - enough for 2-4 people - even if you are catered. Disposable cups are v. useful if you have people round for pre-drinks and you can get about 50 from a £1 shop. Also a small saucepan and a wooden spoon might be good for making pasta. And of course - washing up liquid, tea towel and dishcloth.
I'm going to take a mat/rug for my bathroom floor There's nothing worse than having to be carried out naked in front of all your flatmates after getting out of the shower, slipping and smashing your head on the toilet. Yes, I'm a hypochondriac and those bathrooms are so small
(Original post by notanumber)
4 things -
1) loads of coathangers and extra hooks over the door for all the fancy dress rubbish you accumulate
2) a plastic draining board in the kitchen to avoid (some of) the arguments about washing and drying up not being done
3) a plastic dryer/airer - that achieves 2 things - extra money for alcohol if you don't pay to dry your clothes and a lovely damp room
4) at least £1000 more than you think you could possibly ever ever need
Not true at all, just learn to spend money more wisely and you can get by just fine