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I think I went with 2 100l plastic boxes, my box that my crockery came in, a rucksack, a holdall, my laptop, muscial instrument, music stand and then pillows and my duvet. And then went shopping, which i think took up 2 bags for life...
as a fresher 2 years ago i took everything, and most of it just sat under my bed.
id recommend going through it and see what you ACTUALLY need. im about to go into my 3rd year and ive got a suitcase of clothes, a pot, frying pan, some cutlery, tv & xbox....
I'm worrying that I'm going to have too much stuff as well, don't worry! I'm just concerned because student rooms as a rule are quite small, I don't know how everything will fit in... But I think everyone's going to be in the same boat
You'll probably have a small wardrobe, some shelving, and a desk, plus maybe 3-4 drawers in your room. In a shared kitchen, you'll need to be able to fit all your cooking stuff in one cupboard, all your food in another cupboard, plus 1 shelf in a fridge, apart from any food you'll be able to store in your room.
You might want to try and cut things down a little.
This made me feel a lot better about the huge stack of items packed in the car with me which kept falling on me when we turned corners.
It might be tough to store stuff but I wouldn't worry too much about it, worst comes to worst you send some back in the van! So maybe have some 'don't needs' in mind for that possibility.
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For me it was things like cups and mugs... I had a 4 and 6 pack respectively but only ever used 2 at the most at once, so they just sat there unnecessarily. I took my toastie maker but never used it as I just never remembered to! Little things you think you want to take in case you want them but then once you've lived for a year you'll know.
I think I'll need to rethink my plans...
What about shoes? Shoes tend to take up a lot of room, but you can probably manage with say, 4 pairs- 1 pair of black heels that go with everything, 2 pairs casual flats, 1 pair smart flats (1 pair of flats needs to be able to cope with mud/ice/snow). You can always swap some over when you go home for variety. I have a lot of shoes, but realistically, I only wear about 5 pairs regularly.
Kitchen stuff? Realistically, you only really need 2 plates, 2 bowls, 2 pairs of cutlery, 2 glasses and 2 mugs, but often things come in bigger packs, so you could leave some behind. Only take the bear essentials of cooking stuff too- remember, it needs to fit in one cupboard. If you're not going to use it at least 3-4 times a week, it can stay at home for now.
With the rest of your stuff, it really depends what you are taking. Remember you won't have lots of space to store lots of bulky linnen, or put lots of nice decorative things (and they might get broken).
To be honest, as long as it'll fit in your/your parents' car comfortably, I don't see why not. I'm sure there's plenty of things we won't actually end up using, but I'd rather take them along and learn that than be sat here kicking myself for not bringing something.
But as has been said, I'd try and cut it down. I must have taken almost all my clothes in first year, a PC, laptop, mountaineering gear, three boxes of books and stationery, a crate of misc things, but no cooking stuff because it was fully catered.
Going onto a fourth year now I'm looking at a couple of suit carriers, a holdall, PC, and mountaineering kit.
As a side note, why do you need bags of food...I'm certain that there are shops all over the country! :P
Just a couple of essentials - enough for your first meal and breakfast would do!