All the essentials you need to prepare for student life
I loved university! I know for some it can be daunting - it may be the first time you’ve left home. There’s so much to take in and remember, not least, what to bring. We all know about the everyday essentials you need - mugs, plates and notepads - so with this in mind I’ve compiled those invaluable lines that will make your student days easier yet won’t break the bank. So mums and dads can rest assured they’ve not forgotten anything and you can have more time for lies-ins - I mean studying!
There are definitely a few things I wish I had been warned about before going ‘up’: for example, buying an opaque washing basket before moving to halls, so I didn’t walk across the forecourts literally airing my dirty laundry! If you wish to avoid this embarrassing scenario get yourself one of these John Lewis 3-in-1 Laundry Bags.
We all know students cook meals from scratch and baked beans on toast will never become a staple. Yeah, right. So here are some essentials that the next three years of your life will be incomplete without: a decent tin opener, a milk pan, and a small frying pan. When you do decide cooking is a necessity, sharp knives are a must (please note that these are only available in our shops): check out these John Lewis knives, which are great value.
One key piece of advice I was given before I stepped foot into my halls was that no matter how many teaspoons you have you’ll need more. They’ll vanish into the depths of a roommate’s hovel, or end up behind fridges or cupboards. In fact, you can never have too much cutlery. If possible try and get a range that’s a bit different so you can identify yours from among the mass of utensils. With John Lewis Vero Cutlery coming in a range of colours you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Orange, teal or citroen are good colours to go for. Finally, on the kitchen front, the one that always gets forgotten: the vegetable peeler! You may ask why I am suggesting a student would peel veggies, but they will. As soon as the realisation hits that budgeting is important and ready peeled veg is extortionate, it’ll never stay in the drawer.
It’s a well known fact that digs are not temperature regulated, so you may spend much of your student life trying to remember what it is like to feel your extremities. This fantastic Super Sleep Bed Set comprises a 10.5 tog duvet and 2 pillows and will keep you nice and toasty. You will want some smart bed linen for your new bed, which will become everything to you; after all, there’s always one bedroom you gather in for watching films, and meal times. Therefore the bolder and brighter the pattern the less likely the coffee stains will show and the easier it will be to find in the communal washing machine. These John Lewis Value Spot and Stripe Pack of 2 Duvet Cover Sets are perfect, as they include 2 styles with matching pillowcases, so you’ve always a spare.
Most halls now have en-suite bathrooms which is a relief, but that means you’ll have to up the number of bathroom-related items, such as a bath mat. This John Lewis Super Value Bath Mat is perfect as it’s slightly smaller, so it’ll fit in your tiny new bathroom and dry quickly
Many items at university become gold dust. The first to do so and remain so throughout the next 3 years is a drying rack. I made the mistake of getting a radiator one, only to find my halls didn’t have radiators! Luckily they did have a tumble dryer. However, when you move into a house you may find that tumble drying is an expensive luxury, so this folding Addis 3 Tier Indoor Airer, Silver will be your new best friend, with plenty of drying space.
By the time you get to uni or start a new term you normally have enough electronic equipment to run a small power plant. Once you have your phone charger, laptop, printer, lamp, MP3 player, radio, you’ll need something to plug all of these appliances into. As halls tend to offer the fewest amount of sockets possible, it’s a good idea to take a handy extension lead.
Now all you need is plenty of cough medicine to tackle the Freshers’ Flu, and safety pins for the impromptu fancy dress. So sharpen those pencils and polish your ruler, you’re all set to start the new term!