List of Resumption Items For First Year Students

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List of Resumption Items For First Year Students

So we decided to do a series of checklists for first year students. This one is tailored towards local students in Nigerian federal/public/state schools staying in their school hostels. It is also useful to students in higher levels. Note that you are not limited to the items on this list. They are just to serve as a guide so you do not forget the necessary things you would need as a student. Shall we begin?

You Will Need Provision

As a student, you wouldn’t have all the time in the world to cook good food. Most times, you’ll be under pressure to meet up with deadlines and classes, this is when provisions become handy. I would like to define provisions as any consumable that is needed when getting actual/real food is not possible. It includes what is considered as “junk food”, readily available food items and other easy/fast to prepare food items. They include:

  • Noodles
  • Milk
  • Cocoa beverage
  • Oat
  • Bread
  • Yoghurt and fruit drinks
  • Sugar
  • Canned food: Sardine/mackerel, corned beef, sweet corn, baked beans
  • Honey
  • Biscuits, cookies and chocolate
  • Cereal
  • Spreads like peanut butter, margarine, butter, cocoa spread, jam and so on.

Foodstuff For Those Allowed To Cook

Obviously, we are going to start with this. You do need food to be alive after all. Your goal as a student is to study and acquire knowledge. To do that, you need to stay healthy and to stay healthy, you need to eat well. “Eating well” here means “Eating a balanced diet.” This helps you stay effective in your daily tasks. The food items you should have as a student are outlined below:

  • Yam
  • Plantain
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Garri
  • Pounded yam flour, yam/cassava/plantain flour (amala), wheat flour
  • Pasta ( e.g. Spaghetti, macaroni)
  • Oil (e.g. palm oil, groundnut oil, vegetable oil)
  • Potato
  • Tin tomato
  • Onion
  • Eggs
  • Meat and Fish: they should be properly preserved though
  • Fruits and vegetables: though they cannot be stored for a long time, you should consume some fruits and vegetables from time to time to ensure you are taking your vitamins to boost your immune system

Relevant Furniture

These are movable objects that aid human activities like sleeping, sitting, eating and storage of items. Most times, all or most of the furniture you need would be provided by your university but just to be sure, the furniture you would need are outlined below:

  • Bed
  • Mattress
  • Pillow(s)
  • Cabinet e.g. standing cabinets or suspended cabinets
  • Wardrobe
  • Shoe rack
  • Kitchen cupboard
  • Chair and/or stool
  • Reading table

Note: This list varies based on the accommodation situation. Students that are offered hotel accommodation by the University will not bother themselves with some of the items outlined above. Do well to make further inquiries before making purchases!

Electrical Appliances

These are basically electrical items that help make work easier. Most times, universities restrict the type of electrical appliances students bring to reduce the chances of electrical fires so ensure you know the items considered to be contraband. Items in this category include:

  • Electric kettle
  • Rechargeable lamp
  • Extension box and/or adapters
  • Cloth iron
  • Refrigerator
  • Blender

Basic Cooking Items

These are all the utensil, spices and other resources needed to transform raw food into consumable food. Isn’t that magical? Well, items in this category are:

  • Stove or Gas
  • Pots (at least 3, preferably of different sizes)
  • Frying pan
  • Kettle
  • Plates (at least 3)
  • Cups: plastic cups, ceramic cups/mugs
  • Spoon (at least 3)
  • Fork (at least 3)
  • Knife
  • Frying spoon
  • Wooden spatula (to turn your garri)
  • Serving spoon (at least 2)
  • Kerosene if you use stove
  • Bowl (at least 3 of different sizes)
  • Crayfish
  • Manual grinder/blender
  • Sieve
  • Grater
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Ginger
  • Pepper soup spices
  • Curry
  • Thyme
  • Plate rack
  • Sponge for plates
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Seasoning powder
  • Kitchen rag(s)
  • Chopping board

Toiletries and Cleaning Items

The items we have included in this category are those that you need to keep your body and environment clean and beautiful. You must take care of your body because it is the only place you HAVE to live in. The items in this category are:

  • Towel
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap can
  • Bathing soap
  • Washing soap (bar soap and/or detergent)
  • Sponge
  • Toothbrush
  • Antiseptic
  • Powder
  • Makeup kit
  • Body lotion, oil or cream
  • Hair cream
  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Shoe brush
  • Shoe polish
  • Shoe rag and/or brush
  • Deodorant
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Bucket (at least 2)

Miscellaneous and Other Items

This is basically items we did not mention above because they did not actually fit perfectly into any of the categories. They are:

  • Hanger
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Rope
  • Pegs
  • Plastic jerrican or some other form of water storage (at least 10 litres)
  • Rubber slippers
  • Mirror
  • Mosquito net
  • Duvet
  • Pillow
  • Bedsheet
  • Pillowcase
  • Bible/Quran
  • Old newspapers
  • Scissors
  • Portable water
  • Water bottle
  • Hairdryer
  • Hair stretcher
  • Over the counter drugs
  • Rags


There are many universities in Nigeria. According to the NUC as of October 2019, there are 43 federal universities, 48 state universities and 79 private universities in Nigeria. Finding a generic list of supplies for students in tertiary institutions is almost unrealistic considering the different background of the students, the personalities of the students, and the culture of the university. So, even with our checklist, you have to ensure that you follow the rules of your school. The above items are not mandatory; they are to only serve as guides.

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    • It’s not my first year actually, but I forgot everything due to ASUU strike lol. It was really helpful thanks ?❤️

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