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Insulin supplies should be stored in a fridge between 2°C and 8°C. Remember that most universities will be able to supply you with a mini-fridge for your room.
If you have to share a fridge with others, keep your insulin in a ziploc bag to protect it from the inevitable mess of the fridge! Tell your neighbours about your condition and your need to keep your medication cool. They are more likely to help keep it safe if they understand.
With everything else going on at university it can be difficult to stop and think about what supplies you need (and even easier to forget entirely). Perhaps try setting an alarm or making a note on your calendar to check your supplies and order your prescription once a month. Be aware that your new practice may have a different system for ordering than you were used to. Speak to your GP about whether they have electronic prescribing, as this can make ordering prescriptions between home and university easier.
Check out local procedures for disposing of medical sharps. Your pharmacy or halls of residence may be able to supply you with a waste container.
This would also serve as a good packing list for when you leave for university.
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Please note this is a general list, it may not include all the items you need. Please consult with your healthcare team for further guidance.