If you’re off to university in September, then chances are you’ve started to write a list of what to take to uni. However, among the mayhem that is the start of uni life, there are a few things that might not occur to you until it’s too late. So here are my top 10 tips on what to take to uni for your brand-new, independent life. You’re welcome.
1. Don’t bring the whole kitchen with you. All the main features such as microwave, toaster and kettle are already supplied for you. One component I do suggest is to buy a George Foreman Grill, which you can get for around £20. This will last for your whole degree and is so much easier (and nicer) than the oven grill. Four glasses, two mugs, one or two saucepans and two oven trays will be plenty.
2. Invest in a printer/scanner. It’s so much cheaper and easier than queuing for library printers that rarely work. Again, it’ll last for your degree and longer! Basic printers start from £30 and usually come with ink!
3. University halls don’t have the biggest rooms, so the more organisational components you bring, the easier it will be to keep your room clean. Small woven baskets are useful, especially for toiletries. Also, girls, a make-up box will be a life saver for keeping your desk neat.
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4. Double check if your accommodation provides an ironing board. If not, buy a travel-size one from shops such as Home Bargains and B&M Bargains, but wait to see if there’s one in your halls. However, in my experience, previous students may have used it to “surfboard” down the stairs or as a cooking surface to make grilled cheese (you’ll be surprised the extremes students go to to save money). As fun as that sounds, a wrinkled dress for Freshers? Much worse!
5. Mum and Dad will just do your washing every weekend right? How nice that sounds! Working part-time or living far away from home sadly ruins this plan. Washer-dryers can be expensive, so bring a clothes horse. (£1.20 for a dryer?! That’s £1 bomb on a night out, plus 20p saved!)
6. Base your bedding and towels on your current wardrobe. Does your style include black, all black, with a hint of black? Snap! Dark linen therefore makes washing so much easier. My towels and bedding were light colours, meaning my washing basket consisted of 80% colours and 20% lights. This becomes an issue when you never have enough laundry for a light wash, but your towels need a clean…
7. Putting off washing is easy to do, trust me! To ensure that you aren’t turning your underwear inside out, bring enough towels and undies! Uni life is hectic, so if you haven’t got round to a laundry wash in a while, you need enough undies to keep you going! Scour shops like Primark for emergency supplies.
8. Don’t leave WH Smith’s shelves empty from your stationary overload. As pleasurable as it is having purchased unchewed pens and highlighters, there’s no point. Pencils? Haven’t used one. Note-taking is the main use of stationary, and even then you can type instead! A handful of pens and highlighters will be enough. However, think of your degree: Maths students will need special supplies. And of course, art students, go wild!
9. Another must-have is a full-length mirror! Not an item I thought of buying when making my list. The first few weeks of university were tough, having to jump up and down to catch a glimpse of my outfit in the bathroom mirror!
10. Lastly, bring things that have sentimental value. Moving away from home for the first time can be scary and lonely. Print some of your favourite photos to pin on your board, or make a photo book. There are plenty of online sites that print them for you for reasonable prices such as Snapfish, Freeprints andVistaprint. Bring extra comfy pillows and throws to make your bed snugglier and more homely. They’re also a god send when hungover! There are lots of other ways to make your uni room feel like home, check them out here!
Have fun guys and I hope this helped you decide what to take to uni! Remember, everyone is in the same boat, waiting to make friends and have a good time. Go to as many fresher’s events as possible to dive into an incredible university experience.
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