Moving out of home for the first time is a big deal. There’s a lot to think about and probably even more to pack! Be prepared, be informed and read some of our tips below to help you get started.


What’s supplied?

  • Bed
  • Mattress
  • Mattress protector
  • Desk & chair
  • Set of drawers
  • Bookshelf
  • Rubbish bin
  • Wardrobe
  • Shared vacuum cleaners 
  • Shared iron & ironing board (Philip Baxter, Basser, Goldstein, Fig Tree Hall, Colombo House, University Terraces, Jacaranda Hall and International House)

What do I need to bring?

  • Bed sheets
  • King single sheets: Basser, Goldstein, Philip Baxter, Fig Tree Hall, Colombo House, UNSW Hall, Cowper St apartment and University Terraces (studio apartments)
  • Single bed sheets: Barker Street apartments
  • Double/queen sheets: High St, University Terraces (one bedroom apartment)
  • Quilt and quilt cover
  • Blankets
  • Pillow
  • Pillowcases
  • Bath towels
  • Personal toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Coat hangers
  • Washing basket
  • Washing detergent
  • Network cable (Wi-Fi is provided)
  • Hairdryer
  • Cleaning products
  • Power board
  • Iron and ironing board (for Barker Street apartment, Cowper St and High St apartment)

Self-catered options

If you’re moving into Colombo House or one of the Apartments, make sure you also bring the following items as there are cooking facilities (microwave/stove/cooktops, fridge and freezer):

  • Cutlery
  • Cups, glasses, mugs
  • Crockery
  • Knife and cooking utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Plastic containers for food
  • 3 padlocks for the food cupboard, fridge & freezer (Colombo House only)
  • Tea towels

You might be able to share some of the cooking utensils with your flatmates, but it’s best not to assume. Make sure you at least bring some of the basics, eg. cutlery, cups & mugs and you can always buy more when you’re here.

And finally, don’t forget to bring some photos and personal items to make your room feel a little more like home! 

What should I not bring?

  • Bar fridge
  • Candles

Kitchen, linen packs & more

Getting ready for living on campus has never been easier with Suite Design’s exclusive special to all UNSW Students.

Suite Design supplies pre-packaged linen and kitchen packs, as well as additional towels, pillows, small electrical appliances and other items, with all purchases delivered directly to your room at UNSW with no delivery fees!

Simply click here to visit their website, select the products and packs you require... and that's it!

Everything will be waiting for you in your room when you check in at UNSW. Items for High St & Cowper St will be delivered to the Student Accommodation office for collection.

Suite Design offers its range of commercial quality furniture, bedding, electrical goods and all other furniture and furniture accessories required to fit out hotels, motels, holiday/tourist parks and student accommodation properties.


Your contents are not covered for theft or damage and we strongly recommend you take out insurance to cover items of value, eg. computers, cameras or jewellery. We also recommend you have suitable health insurance.


O-Week kicks off each year. It’s a week you’ll never forget – it helps prepare you for university life. From workshops and lectures to info sessions and fun events, O-Week also gives you the chance to get involved in a wide variety of activities. The student organisation Arc @ UNSW runs a student volunteer program – Yellow Shirts – that provides campus tours and runs all the activities and social events during the week.

Throw yourself at everything, and your new mates will be there to catch you.

Hugh Elbourne

Goldstein College (Medicine)


Make sure you check out the O-Week website prior to your arrival so you can find out everything that’s happening around campus.

And most importantly... enjoy the ride!