My Guide For Preparing For University

Whether you’re nervous or excited about starting uni later this year, there are a few things that you need to know. University will, without a doubt, be one of the most enjoyable times of your life. You’ll learn to stand on your own two feet, make fantastic memories and build lifelong friendships. However, before you can do all that, you need to prepare for starting university by getting everything organised.

To help you do that, I thought that I would share a few essential tips for getting ready for your first year at uni. Take note of these, and you’ll find uni life much easier to adjust to.



Bedroom packing

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Image credit: www.photos.highways.gov.uk via flickr.com

Your student bedroom will come with all the basics – a bed and mattress, desk and wardrobe, but that’s about it. To make your room feel more like home, you’ll need to take all the essentials with you.

Of course, the main problem with this is getting everything that you need to make your new room comfortable. If you can’t fit all your must-haves in the car, how about using a student shipping service? They’re quick, efficient and most importantly cost effective. It’s important to have your favourite things around you when adjusting to a new place, as this makes the process a little easier.

As well as items for decorating your new room, you’ll also need to pack bedding. Ideally, you should take two sets of bedding with you, so that you’ve always got a spare. Google some university bedrooms to get inspiration, and use them to think of simple but effective ways to personalise your room.

You’ll also need to pack all your clothes, beauty essentials and anything else you need. Books, DVDs, blankets, slippers are all those types of thing are also crucial.

Kitchen essentials

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Image credit: flickr.com

Even if you plan on surviving on Pot Noodles while at uni, it’s important that you have all the essentials for cooking. Cooking is much easier than you would think. So even if you’ve never cooked before you’ll easily adapt to taking care of yourself. If you’re nervous about cooking for yourself, it’s worth investing in an easy-to-cook recipe book. There are plenty to choose from, including some specially made for students.

For your kitchen at uni, you’ll need two big and two small plates, two cereal bowls, two mugs, at least, two glasses, and a range of pots and pans. A frying pan is a must, as is a range of cooking utensils, including a spatula, potato masher and wooden spoon. Washing up liquid, sponges and tea towels are all essential.

Study must-haves

The reason you’re going to university is to study, so it’s crucial that you have all the essential items. A laptop is, of course, a must, as is a range of notepads, pens, and course books. (To save money, buy your course books second-hand from older students or online.) If you have an iPad or tablet, make sure to pack it, as you’ll find it incredibly useful. You can use it to record lectures, take notes and watch presentations on.

Your bedroom should come with a desk and chair, so you won’t need to worry about packing them. However, you will find a desk tidy, files and so on, useful tools to have.

Want to ensure that when you start uni, you have everything that you need? Take note of the tips and advice above.

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