So results day had been and gone and you’ve got into university, yay! Now you need to consider what you need to buy to live at university. You’ve no doubt thought of the basics; a frying pan to cook the bacon roll you’ll need to cure your fresher’s hangover, a saucepan to cook the only meal you know how; pasta! And all the fancy stationary that will probably sit in your drawer for most of the year. But have you thought about the finishing touches that every student needs in order to fend for themselves?
A university room essential is photos. A great way to decorate the accommodation walls is to create a photo wall, with your favourite prints of your family, friends, girlfriends/boyfriends. This is a great way to not only decorate your room but to also help with homesickness, plus you can do it on the cheap, for example if you download an app called snap fish on your phone you can get so many free prints a month and just pay for postage. Winner!
Another way to decorate your new room is to buy posters. But don’t worry about bringing any with you, there is a poster market on campus when you get here.
Ok, so your pictures are up, your posters are blutacked. Next up: making your bed comfy. Have you thought about some fun cushions to make your room feel more homely. Some students also opt for a rug. You can get these sort of items from shops like B&M, The Range and generally any supermarket. Bonus, they’re cheap! Most of these have websites so have a browse to find your personal finishing touches!
Once you’ve got your room sorted, we can move on to the kitchen. I don’t know what it is, but having matching coloured utensils makes you feel like “Yes I can do this cooking malarkey” and it helps you feel more at home. Wilkinson is a great place to go to get colour matching equipment ready to become the the great British Bake Off star that you so clearly are!
You’ve probably thought about plates, bowls etc. but you also need to think about the less common utensils that you may have forgotten about. These include; a tin opener, a travel mug (if you’re anything like me and can’t function with a cup of coffee in the morning, then one of these will be invaluable in helping get you to those 9am lectures!), and a toaster. Yep, you did read that right! I was shocked when I turned up to my Towers accommodation and there wasn’t one. There’s a rice cooker, but no toaster! Out of 16 people in my flat no one remembered one, gutted.
And now for the fun stuff: stationary. I know that you’re probably haven’t thought about actually going to lectures, you’re no doubt too busy thinking about what fresher’s events you’re going to attend, but at some point you will need to do some work. So what type of stationary will you need? Well, first off there’s the obvious stuff: pen, notebook and highlighter (don’t be the guy that turned round to me in my first lecture and asked if he could borrow a pen.) But in my experience, although these are essentials it may be a good idea to consider some other types of stationary that will be a saviour, when you’re deep into a 3,000 word essay. My favourite type of stationary is coloured pens. I love colour coding my work and making it look pretty. It makes it less boring and you can make important points stand out. You can buy fine liners or sharpies, (perfectionists beware sharpies leak through the page). My other saviour was a month and weekly planner I got from Tesco. It meant I could get a view on my deadlines coming up in the next month and plan my week accordingly. I really would recommend planning!
I hope this has helped you to think of some of the more ‘outside the box’ university essentials to make you feel more at home. Thanks for reading!