My time at university seems like a distant memory now, but that just shows time flies when you're having fun - I only graduated a few years years ago! I wanted to share with you some of the things that I remember wishing someone had told me, especially before I left home, so that I still had time to prepare. Depending on what year of study you're beginning, you'll have different needs and therefore different items to purchase.
One of the first things many of us take a while to get used to is sleeping a in a strange new bed. whether you're sharing a house or in halls, chances are the bed won't be new so you may find you need to supplement the comfort level! An essential is a decent mattress protector. The mattress may not be as clean and fragrant as your one at home, so a protector will provide a shield and help even out any lumps and bumps. The filling in this polycotton mattress cover is made from recycled plastic bottles so it's eco-friendly too!
If your mattress is uncomfortable and you're stuck with it, then a mattress topper can be helpful. Our range starts with this polyester type - whilst there are different quality levels, all do the same job of helping to soften the mattress and give you an added comfort layer.
It would also be a good idea to take a decent duvet - at my halls they only provided blankets, and again you might prefer to have a new one. Remember to take 2 sets of bed linen with you; it will take more than a day to wash and dry them, so you'll always have one on and one in the wash. We have colours for everyone - you could go for our plain duvet cover sets or something a bit more decorative like the colourful Logan flanelette design - added bonus, it's reversible!
On the studying side of things, a key item to bring is a decent alarm clock so that you don't oversleep and miss lectures and tutorials - mobile phones have a nasty habit of running out of battery life. We have loads to choose from, including this brushed metal clock at just £5 so there's no excuse for being late!
To help you work, you should take a task lamp for your desk - don't assume there'll be one there or you may find yourself with sore eyes on day 3.
Moving on to kitchenware, I recommend taking at least 4 of everything - dinner plates, side plates, bowls, mugs - then you'll be prepared for dinner with friends. Ready to go in just one box is our stoneware starter set of colour glaze china for only £25.
If you're moving into a shared house, you may find that you need to add furnishings to your room - best to get a desk and chair for putting in the hours needed to get the grades - our Loft office furniture is a real bargain and will make sure you have a space dedicated to study even in a small room.
A fantastic investment, particularly if you have friends visiting, is a sofa bed - this will firmly establish you as the ‘host with the most’ and avoid having to top and tail your single bed with your snoring best friend!