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Packing wise.... clothes, toiletries, laptop and some food (maybe some stuff you can freeze if your accommodation has a freezer)
I personally wouldn't recommend buying books before you actually start your course though.
Academically, I revisited some of my a level stuff over the summer, so that I didn't forget it all. I also looked up some of the topics covered in the 1st semester but it really depends on what course you're doing.
Back in the day - and this was a while back - I received a reading list, so I could get some work done over the summer, in preparation for university. I studied English literature. 90% of what I read did not make it onto the course, but it did give me a good grounding for what followed, and I felt confident and prepared when I started. Many of my classmates had not done the reading, and it was noticeable. Making a good start is important, I think.
As another poster has commented, if you are entering halls, you will get a note of what is available to you and what you need to bring with you. I travelled from my home (in Scotland) to London, to attend university, so a lot of what I needed, I either shipped down in advance, or bought when I arrived. If you are more local, and can drive there, it will be a lot easier to just stack up your car with everything.
As I recall, I had to bring a duvet, bedding, pillows, plates, cutlery and any basic kitchen equipment (cork screw, kettle for your room, cups, pans, and it is handy to have some tupperware too). The halls had toasters and communal kettles and microwaves.
I brought stationery with me, and sufficient clothes for a change of seasons during term time, but did not pack excessively, as you will find you accumulate a lot of stuff, and have to remove it all between terms.
MY number one piece of advice is to invest in a personal alarm. The piece of mind that this will bring to you, and your family, is second to none. Especially if you are moving to a city. No doubt you will never need to use this, but just having this with you, as you travel around in a new environment, will make you feel more confident. This is relevant for both men and women.
Enjoy this time in your life though - it is so exciting, and I promise, you will never forget it.
A few things myself myself and my brother did before going to university helped us become more independent and gain a sense of what it'd be like to fully look after ourselves. These might be things you already do, but others have absolutely no clue, so it differs. For example, we'd food shop and cook meals for our family, sort out the laundry, simple domestic things that you're going to have to do every day for yourself once you start university.
As long as you pack the essentials (you can find lists all over the Internet of what people take), I don't think you need to worry too much, as you'll always be able to buy anything extra you need once you're there. This will make travelling/moving in easier and mean that you and your flatmates don't all end up bringing kettles when you already have one or could've split the cost.
If you've got a reading list from your university it might be helpful to look up some of those books and browse them a little, though I don't think it's essential to buy all of them before you start. Many people did this for my course and the library ended up having loads of copies of them.
I'd also suggest looking at Facebook groups for your uni to find others on your course and in your halls! I spoke to my flatmates in a group chat before I came and it made meeting them really easy. The same happened with my coursemates - I was able to recognise people to walk in with and sit next to.
Enjoy your summer before university, and good luck for going!