Mental Health & Wellbeing at University

University is an exciting time of your life. You (finally) get to leave home, enjoy a taste of independence, meet and make friends with a ton of new people, get involved with loads of different social things, and study something you love. But uni life can bring a number of challenges along the way too.

Adjusting to life away from home, managing your own finances, and getting used to a new study routine can be quite stressful. Although stress isn’t a mental health problem, it can lead to or trigger illnesses such as depression and anxiety. So, with everything that’s going on, staying both physically and mentally well is really important. The last thing you want is to become overwhelmed by the university lifestyle.

Your wellbeing and health are paramount to us at The Student Housing Company, so we wanted to hear from you. Our team asked 2,460 students across the UK about their university experiences and the factors that might impact their wellbeing or mental health. From exam stress to money worries, you’ve told us what makes you tick and what plays on your mind the most.

We’ve spent ages poring over the results and come up with some advice on how to handle potential difficulties during your time at university, to make sure you stay well and have the best possible uni experience. Take a look at our infographic below…

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Infographic: A Freshers’ Guide to Packing for University

There’s more to packing for uni than just chucking your favourite jeans, ten T-shirts and a couple of sweaters into a suitcase. Trust us: a little bit of organisation is the key to a smooth transition into university life.

Of course, the aim here isn’t to take every single thing you’re going to need for the full academic year ahead – just enough to get you through the first months, so that you can concentrate on settling in, making friends, having a laugh, learning stuff, etc.

So take a look at our infographic below – we’ve broken it down into the different rooms to make it all a bit easier to digest. Just move your mouse around each room, and little boxes will pop up to suggest the essential move-in items you’ll need.



So there is quite a lot to consider, but it’s not rocket science if you break it all down and think about it logically. And TBH, if you do forget anything, you can probably just go out and buy it – after all, you’re gonna be living in a well-connected student-friendly city, not the Outer Hebrides!

Good luck, and if you’re coming to live with us, we’ll see you soon!

A guide to packing for university


For many first year university students this will be the first time they have lived away from home; if you are living in shared student accommodation,it is likely that your bedroom is one of the only rooms where you can put your own stamp on it and make it feel homely.


The kitchen is the area in shared student accommodation which can sometimes cause friction
amongst you and your housemates. Making sure you are well prepared by bringing enough of your
own equipment should prevent any roomie tiffs occurring!

  • Cooking utensils
  • Crockery and pans
  • Cutlery
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Corkscrew & Bottle opener
  • Chopping board
  • Washing up liquid
  • Recipe books


It is always a good idea to stock up on your toiletries before you move into your student accommodation;
making your essential items last longer will save you precious pennies in the months to come.

Things to pack for studying

  1. Textbooks
  2. Pen pots, Pencils, Pens & Highlighter
  3. Memory stick
  4. Ruler & Pencil Sharpener
  5. Scissors
  6. Storage boxes
  7. Calculator
  8. Post-it notes

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