Freshers Essentials: Guide to getting the important things for new students

That time is coming up as it is almost time for University’s to restart so has put together this list of the essentials that you need to bring to university.


Your bed will likely be defining in your first year of University it is likely to be the place you watch countless hours of Netflix, eat tons of takeaway on with your flatmates and more than likely make appalling life decisions with that housemate that you have feelings for in. This means that it is pivotal that you are fully kitted out with excellent bedding, the key is the duvet it needs to be warm enough for winter but cool enough for summer or even better have one for each! There is this excellent guide to buying a duvet from the white company which gives you the lowdown on the right ‘down’ and ‘tog’ to get, who knew buying duvets was so complex. Similarly make sure you get a quality pair of pillows that you can bury your head in after making said appalling life choices. These are the essentials but also consider an over-blanket, extra-throw cushions and a popular choice among students is the slanket which is a blanket you can wear while going about your daily tasks. img_12372


Slightly obvious but despite what you may have seen on American Pie you will have your clothes on for most of the time at university, there are a few key items that you must have in your wardrobe. You will need a warm coat, the best choice will be one that can be used for many different occasions so that you can get the most out of it. Hoodies and pyjamas are vital for those hungover or revision days that you just need comfort. Make sure you bring some sports gear with you in case you make the mad decision to go to the gym or more likely so you are ready for the impromptu game of rounders with your flat in the summer. Underwear and socks are items to bring in large quantities remember the more you bring the less often you have to wash.


Laundry is one of those annoying things that between the partying, joining societies and occasionally studying is vital as no one likes the smelly person in lectures. You can by washing powder or liquid anytime but it is very important to make sure you buy and bring a laundry basket and a drying rack. It may also be worth buying a closed dirty washing container like this one so you can hide those dirty undies when you have visitors.


The line from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy reads, ‘“A towel, says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.’ So yeah get some towels!


You will want to have something to make your uni room seem a bit more like home, so be creative! A lot of people bring photos of family and friends and others add posters to their wall but it is worth getting in touch with your university’s accommodation services to confirm what you are allowed to use to stick things to the walls and then just going wild. Fairy lights are also an excellent way to make your room seem super homely. bedroom


Although there are public University computers which you may well actually prefer to work on it is still really essential to have a laptop. It is vital for streaming movies and TV shows, playing football manager and stalking the people you got with in the club last night so make sure you have one before you head off. Some other electronic items you may want to bring our speakers for flat parties, a camera to make sure you capture all those lifelong memories and of course bring as many phone chargers as you possibly can as they are sure to get nicked over the year.


Depending on what course you do, you might have a lot of spare time and there is no better way to fill it than with reading. Working your way through the classics is a great use of time and is a great release from the academic texts you will also have to trawl through across the year.


The kitchen is likely to be the cause of more than one awkward discussion with housemates in first year with dirty dishes and people using others stuff always contentious. However, you need to be stocked up on plates, cutlery, glasses and cooking equipment anyway but only bring a small amount of each as then you will wash up everytime and not take up much room in the cupboards. An absolute essential for the kitchen is Tupperware, for freezing leftovers and bringing lunch on to campus it is your friend! 2431.17664.file.eng.475.349


Being sick away from home for the first time is a really rough experience so you will need to make sure you are stocked up on essentials to deal with freshers flu that means lemsips, soothers, painkillers and multi-vitamin tablets. It is also vitally important that you are stocked up on your choice contraceptive but it doesn’t do any harm to be stocked up on condoms (male or female) just in case. A few random items you might want to consider bringing to uni are a sewing kit and a basic toolkit for those emergency repairs. Some form of sports equipment like a rounders kit or a football are great for when the weather is good and a deck of cards always comes in handy.