Student Essentials

Packing up your worldly goods and leaving home to start a new life at uni can be a very daunting thing to do. Where do you start? What should you pack? Luckily I'm here to point you in the right direction with my guide to all the student essentials you'll need.

If you’re not already used to living life on a budget, now will be the perfect time to start. A huge chunk of your student loan is likely to end up in the tills of the Student Union Bar. Much of the rest will go on boring things like food and rent. So make sure you’ve got all the basics covered before you set off on your new adventure!

Below you’ll find bedding and bathroom essentials, home comforts, decoration and accessories, kitchen must-haves, funky stationary and, naturally, everything you’ll need for all of those student parties you’re probably already planning.

Mums, Dads... in case you're reading this, of course there'll be no parties. Not after the first week, anyway. After that it'll be non-stop studying and bed by 10:30 every night. Honest.

Bedding & Accessories

It may be tempting to go down the 'cheap and cheerful' route when buying bedding to use at uni. After all, you probably won't want to spend a fortune on a top quality duvet cover set as, chances are, you'll end up sharing your bed with a greasy kebab or pizza at the end of a drunken night out.

But, saying that, you also won't want something that's likely to start falling apart after the first or second wash. And yes, you will need to wash it all yourself. Don't be one of those students who take their bedding home once every three months for Mum to wash. Come on, you're better than that!

Something mid price range would be my recommendation. That way, if you do end up with a few questionable stains that even the best detergents can't shift, it won't be as financially painful to replace.

Other key pieces for your dorm room that are often overlooked, but will come in very handy, include extra hangers for your wardrobe and an over-the-door hanging rack for your coats and bags. You'll probably also need a clothes airer and an iron and ironing board.

But, most crucially, don't forget to pack an extension lead or two so you can plug in all of your gadgets.

Bathroom Basics

Cooking & Dining

Dorm Room Decs

It's only natural that you'll want to make your dorm room or student house bedroom feel as homely as possible. It's going to be your main base for the most part of a year after all. But you'll likely be restricted in terms of what you can get away with when decorating your personal space. Most landlords and universities are likely to get a bit shirty with you if you decide to start repainting. And don't even think about filling all the walls with nails to hang your picture frames.

But if you're careful and considerate, and with the help of a little bit of Blu Tack  here and there (other brands are available), there's no reason why you can't make your room much cosier.

Important disclaimer: try a small piece of Blu Tack in an inconspicuous area first to test that it won't mark the walls. I will not be liable for any claims of damage from your landlords! Better still, ask their permission first. You'll probably find that they can actually be quite reasonable people.

Easily transform quirky glass bottles in to decorative lamps using these battery powered string lights attached to cork style stopper. Why not use clear glass bottles for an elegant look, or try a mixture of coloured bottles for a more fun or festive feel? Each set comes with 10 micro LEDs, which are recharged via a USB cable.

Stranger Things – the 80s-inspired sci-fi Netflix series taking the world by storm – is packed full of quirky characters, the most notable being Eleven. Blessed (or cursed) with psychokinetic abilities, using her powers has the unfortunate side effect of causing a nose bleed. Now she’ll be immortalised forever in this somewhat disturbing candle holder.

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