Moving from home to university can be a daunting experience. Try not to pack everything that you own and opt for a more streamlined approach. You only need the essential items at the beginning – you can always buy new things later in the semester!
Here are a few essentials items you need to bring when attending university.
Things for your accommodation
It can be difficult to make your university halls room comfortable. Make sure to pack a few personal items, like photos, cushions and blankets, to keep you cosy. Remember kitchen utensils, pots, pans and Tupperware for meal prep.
Invest in a lovely desk lamp and fairy lights, so you don’t have to study under the harsh student room lights. Try to kit your room out with as much storage as possible. University rooms tend to be small and compact, so opt for boxes that can fit under your bed, drawers for under the desk and hanging storage in your wardrobe. Storage will help you keep your room organised and tidy!
Things for university
It can be tempting to spend lots of money on fancy notebooks, pens, diaries and folders. The reality is most students predominantly use their laptop for university work and rarely reach for a notebook. Invest in a good quality laptop and utilise the organisation features. Store all of your essential documents on this laptop as well to keep everything in one place.
Books can be a considerable expense for students. Consider getting a short-term loan for students to pay for your textbooks this semester and any other equipment you may need. You can pay it back when your university loan comes in!
Things you do not need
Try not to panic-buy everything in the supermarket before driving down to university. You do not need expensive designer clothes to make an excellent first impression or a luxury coffee maker.
Choose cheaper options when it comes to kitchen pots, pans and utensils. The chances are someone will ruin them when trying to cook pasta in your student kitchen. The same goes for bedding, rugs and furniture. Do not bring high-quality items to university that can easily get stained by food or alcohol.
University halls are small and designed to withstand the test of time. You do not need to bring excess furniture that will clutter your room and cause you extra stress if it gets ruined.