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Top things to take to university

Wednesday 27 August 2014 Student Accommodation

Now you're getting your accommodation sorted, you have to start packing for university. Some things will be obvious to pack like clothes, your laptop and photos. Here's a list of the things that you might want to add:

Doorstop

A lot of doors in halls have mechanical door closers so it can be very useful to leave your bedroom door open (not fire doors, of course) to make your halls or house more sociable.

Padlock

If you are sharing the kitchen living room or storage spaces with other people it may be worth all of you securing your own food, equipment or clothing.

This isn't to say 'keep away from my things', it's more to prevent conflict in case something goes missing.

Hot water bottle, thermos flask and blankets

Some halls can get quite cold in the winter months and it's good to be prepared!

Fan

Similarly in summer months, a fan can keep you cool if you get too hot.

Whiteboard

If you're a visual person, a small whiteboard can be good to leave yourself little reminders for the week or to jot down ideas for your assignments.

Mini toolkit

You never know when this will come in handy, especially if you order flat packed furniture.

Sleeping bag

Long hours reading books or writing essays is almost inevitable, and there's nothing that will help make the experience a bit more bearable than a comfy sleeping bag to wrap up in!

Sporf (spoon, fork and knife combo)

For those lazy days (of which there will be many), you can have all your cutlery needs in one item.

Freshers flu kit

If you haven't heard of the freshers flu yet, you soon will! Have a bag ready full of soup, medicine and anything else you will need to get back on your feet again.

Red bull!

You will get very aquainted with this energy drink, but there are healthier options to keep your brain awake for those essay writing sessions at night - keep a balanced diet full of fruit and veg, drink lots of water and get your 7-9 hours sleep every night.