Start of term checklist

When the leaves start turning brown and the rain begins to pour, it only means one thing… back to university! Moving all your stuff from house to house over summer can be stressful, and it seems like there is a daunting amount to remember. I have created a back to uni checklist, to highlight some of the most important things to bring.

  • Warm clothes– Whether you are in halls or a house, uni accommodation always seems to be freezing cold. We avoid putting the heating on to save money and end up shivering under our duvets. Therefore, a fluffy dressing gown and a cosy blanket are always essentials.
  • Enough kitchen stuff– Nobody wants to be that guy who always borrows other people’s kitchen appliances. Buy your own grater and masher! You won’t regret it.
  • Stationery– There’s nothing like coloured pens and post-it notes to make you feel like you can conquer the year ahead. Head down to Wilko and grab yourself some cheap and cheerful bits – I promise you, it will make you feel way more organised than you actually are.
  • Home comforts– Feeling homesick can be tough at uni, so bring some things to make your new house feel like a home. House plants, fairy lights and photos are a few great ways to do this.
  • Important documents– You never know when you’re going to need that sneaky bit of paper with your National Insurance number on. Make sure you make a small folder to bring with you, to keep all your important files in one place.
  • Laundry bins– Those bed sheets have got to have somewhere to go when you finally change them! To avoid mess and piles of dirty washing, buy a laundry bin so you can keep it all in one place. This also makes it a lot easier to carry washing down to the machine.
  • Toiletries– We all have that one friend who never buys their own toothpaste and steals everyone else’s. Buy your own toiletries… we always notice when there’s less shower gel than there was before.
  • Appropriate footwear– Let’s be honest, no-one wants to walk bare foot on a grimy shared kitchen floor- make sure you bring some sliders or flip-flops to wear around the house/shower. Slippers and bed socks are a must in winter too.
  • Candles*– I don’t know about you, but my room in halls stunk of vomit and vodka. Candles and diffusers are great ways to make the room smell nice and to create a cosy, homely atmosphere.
  • Bed linen– Duvet covers can be more expensive than some people think. Try and bring some from home- you’ll save money, and they will add a familiar feeling to your new surroundings, which can be really comforting.

University life is great. Don’t feel overwhelmed with remembering everything- there’s always shops in town where you can re-buy that favourite mug that you forgot to bring. Stay organised with everything as best as you can and enjoy the independent life!

Written by Jodie Velarde Phillips

[*Be sure to check with your accommodation provider what you’re allowed to use on the property! If living in University accommodation, check the Halls Handbook for advice.]

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