Back to Uni: Got what you need for the move to your student flat?
Returning to uni for another year of sharing a flat with strangers? Or is it about to be your first time in student accommodation?
Either way, you need to be prepared! You’ve probably already done most of your packing and I would bet it centres around “what drink will I need during Freshers Week”. You need to think about the (other) essentials as well! So we’ve put together a wee list. This is not an exhaustive list and please use common sense too. Here goes…
1. Your OWN set of cutlery (including reusable straws)
You have no idea how petty it can be. If you’re lucky enough to be going into somewhere that provides all the cutlery and utensils, you’re onto a winner. However, having a fork and knife could just be a godsend to save you eating your Cheesy Pasta with your hands. Include reusable straws for drinks in the flat, and avoid buying plastic cutlery and straws, please! Think of the planet, people!
2. Nick-nacks to make the place feel like home
At first, especially if this is your first time away from home, it’s going to feel weird. Bring nick-nacks, photos and other stuff that will help you to feel at home in this new place. Student accommodation can sometimes be limited on what you put up on the walls or do to the place, so make sure you know the rules before you douse the place in fairy lights.
3. Multi-purpose cleaning products
If you ever find yourself with an overwhelming urge to get that sticky mark off of the kitchen floor or find the motivation to finally clean your bathroom, you’re going to need cleaning products. Which can be expensive! Multi-purpose cleaning stuff and cleaning wipes are your friends.
4. All the necessary apps downloaded (Hello, Swipii!)
This will vary from person to person, but there is a tonne of apps which will help you make the most of student life. Swipii is one of them (you’ll get freebies at loads of places in your area). We also recommend Too Good To Go, Alarmy, and of course, Uber. Saving you pennies and getting you to classes on time.
5. Your essentials – coffee machine? Juicer?
This is very much a point of personal preference. Are you right into your fitness? Remember to bring your smoothie machine then. Struggle to wake up in the morning? You might want to use your first student loan payment to buy a wee coffee machine. In my first year having moved out, I got a slow cooker as a present. I’ve never been as delighted as I was that day. Take from that what you will!
6. Remember all of your chargers!
There is nothing worse. Your phone charger, laptop charger, backup phone charger, Xbox controller charging station, Kindle charger (people still use Kindles, right?). Whatever it is, keep it charged! And try and have spares where you can. iPhone cables are more likely to go missing than anything else in your flat.
7. Clothes for ALL occasions
Think you have enough clothes? You are wrong. You never know what you are going to need. Make sure you have stuff for the coldest of winters, or the hottest of summers. The most glamourous items you own, and also stuff you don’t mind getting ruined. I don’t have the answers for why you’d need all this stuff. You literally just never know.
8. Speakers! Or headphones. Depending on your flatmates…
Know you’re joining some real party people? Taking some good speakers for your flat parties will make you some friends, for sure. If you think your flatmates are a bit more into a quiet night in, get yourself some headphones so that you can watch Netflix into the early hours of the morning without waking anyone else up.
Of course, you’re gonna need way more stuff than this. We just thought we’d get you started with a few recommendations! Let us know if you’ve got any other ideas, just tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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