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Essential Guide: What to Pack for a Comfortable Student Accommodation Experience

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What to Pack for Student Accommodation: The Essential Checklist for Campus Africa Residents


Embarking on your university journey is an exhilarating milestone. As you prepare to move into student accommodation like Campus Africa, situated near the Wits main campuses, packing might seem daunting. But fear not! Here’s your essential checklist to ensure you bring everything you need for a smooth transition to campus life.

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Bedroom Basics: Comfort Meets Functionality

  1. Bedding: Start with a comfortable set of sheets, a cozy duvet, and a supportive pillow. Campus Africa provides the bed, you bring the dreamy sleep setup.
  2. Clothes Storage: While rooms come furnished, additional hanging organizers or foldable storage can help maximize your wardrobe space.
  3. Alarm Clock: Yes, your phone has an alarm, but a dedicated alarm clock can be a backup and prevent all-night screen binges.


Study Essentials: Geared for Success

  1. Laptop and Charger: Essential for assignments and research. Plus, consider a laptop lock for extra security in shared student accommodation.
  2. Stationery: Pens, notebooks, and highlighters for those who favor handwritten notes.
  3. Desk Lamp: A good lamp can help you study at any hour without straining your eyes.


Bathroom Must-Haves: Personalize Your Routine

  1. Towels: A few fluffy towels for your personal use can make shared bathrooms feel more like home.
  2. Toiletries: Don’t forget your toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, and other hygiene essentials.
  3. Shower Caddy: Handy for transporting your items to and from the bathroom.


Kitchen Gear: Culinary Comforts

  1. Cooking Basics: Pots, pans, and cooking utensils are crucial if you plan to prepare meals. Campus Africa’s communal kitchens are waiting for your culinary exploration.
  2. Eating Utensils: Plates, bowls, cups, and silverware for serving up your delicious dishes.
  3. Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated during those long study sessions and reduce plastic waste.


Technology Tools: Stay Connected

  1. Power Strip: With all your gadgets, extra outlets are a must.
  2. Headphones: For focused study sessions or relaxing with your favorite tunes.
  3. Portable Charger: Keep your devices charged on-the-go, especially useful on those days with back-to-back lectures.


Health and Wellness: Taking Care of You

  1. First Aid Kit: It’s always good to have the basics for minor injuries.
  2. Medications: Any prescriptions you need, plus over-the-counter pain relievers, cold medicine, and allergy relief.
  3. Fitness Gear: Whether it’s a yoga mat or resistance bands, maintaining your health is vital.


Laundry Supplies: Keeping it Clean

  1. Laundry Basket: Easy transport for your clothes to and from the laundry facilities.
  2. Detergent: Pods or powder, choose eco-friendly options to do your part for the environment.
  3. Drying Rack: For those delicate items that need air-drying.


Personal Touches: Make it Yours

  1. Photos and Decor: Make your space feel like home with personal mementos and decorations.
  2. Soft Furnishings: Cushions and throws can add comfort and style to your room.
  3. Plants: A bit of greenery can improve air quality and boost your mood.


Remember, while Campus Africa offers furnished student accommodation, the items you bring should cater to your personal needs and lifestyle, ensuring your student accommodation is a place where comfort and productivity go hand in hand. This checklist serves as a starting point for Wits students and those across the globe looking to make their student space their own.


Moving into student accommodation is your first step towards independence and creating your own slice of personal sanctuary in the bustling student community. Pack smart, pack personal, and get ready to make your mark at Campus Africa and beyond.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Campus Africa Newcomers

As you prepare for the exciting transition to student accommodation, you might have some questions about what life will be like at Campus Africa and how to best prepare for it. Here are some common FAQs that can help guide you as you pack and plan for your move.


What are the room dimensions at Campus Africa, and how much storage space will I have?

Understanding room size can help you pack effectively. While specific dimensions can vary, rest assured that Campus Africa’s rooms are designed to maximize space, providing you with ample storage for your essentials. We recommend bringing multi-purpose items and stackable storage to make the most of your space.


Are there any items that are prohibited in Campus Africa’s accommodation?

Yes, for the safety and comfort of all residents, items like candles, incense, and certain electrical appliances are not allowed. It’s best to check the accommodation rules before you pack to avoid bringing anything that’s not permitted.


Can I bring my own mini-fridge or microwave?

Campus Africa’s communal kitchens are equipped with these appliances, so there’s no need to bring your own. This helps save space in your room and encourages a community atmosphere where residents can share amenities.


Is there a checklist available that I can use while packing?

Absolutely! The essential checklist provided above is a great place to start. It covers the basics you’ll need to settle into your new home comfortably. Always remember to tailor this list to your personal needs and the climate in Johannesburg if you’re coming from afar.


How can I personalize my space within the regulations of student accommodation?

You’re encouraged to make your space feel like home! Wall decals, removable hooks, and personal items like photographs can add a personal touch without causing any damage to the room. Just be sure to check the guidelines on room personalization provided by Campus Africa.


What should I do if I forget to pack something important?

Don’t worry! Braamfontein has various shops where you can purchase any forgotten items. Plus, being close to the Wits main campuses means that you’re never too far from what you need.



How can I ensure my valuables are secure?

Campus Africa provides excellent security. However, for added peace of mind, consider bringing a small safe for valuables or using a lock for your luggage. Always keep your room locked when you’re not there.


What kind of social activities does Campus Africa offer?

There’s a strong family vibe amongst the students, with plenty of opportunities to engage in social activities and meet new people. From communal study areas to social lounges, you’ll find various ways to get involved and make friends.

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