So you’ve accepted a place on a college or university course. What now? If you’re moving out, it’s time to find accommodation. Got that sorted? It’s time to get excited. You’re about to venture into a new adventure in your life. Although it’s exciting, it can also be really nervewracking. The unknown can be scary. There are ways that students can make it easier for themselves though. If you go into the semester with everything you need for your studies and accommodation things will feel so much easier. So what are the essential purchases that will help you feel organised and ready for your adventure?
For All Students
A Good Laptop
You’ll want a laptop that runs well for your studies. This isn’t just for research and writing essays, but also online learning. Since most courses have been run online for the past year and a bit they are likely to come back with a blended learning approach meaning you won’t have to go in for every lecture, you can watch it from the comfort of your home. For this you’ll want a good laptop or computer that can run Microsoft Teams (or similar).
A Calendar Or Planner
Personally, I like a big on the wall calendar, but they aren’t for everyone. It is a really good idea to get yourself somewhere to write down all of your deadlines though. This way you can be better at planning your time and priorotise based on deadlines a lot easier. It can also help you keep on top of work shifts you have coming up. There are also planners that take meal planning into account which can help you save money on your food shop. They are definitely worth checking out.
It’s good practice to keep a copy of all your work somewhere other than your laptop. That way if anything goes wrong you’re covered. You can do this with a USB stick or an external harddrive, whatever works best for you. It also means that if you’re heading into campus you don’t necessarily need to bring your laptop with you, you can just bring your USB stick and make use of the computers they provide. This may be really handy when you need to print something out, but don’t have a printer at home.
If you don’t like lugging your laptop with you on to campus, you should get some notebooks and pens to take notes during lectures. I would also get highlighters. When I finish an essay or a piece of work I always print it out and read it to make sure there isn’t anything I need to change. If there are mistakes or something you don’t think sounds quite right then highlight it so it’s easier to find again later.
Rail or Bus Discount Card for Students
This is especially important if you have a bit of a commute to campus, but is also really handy for getting discounts on all of your travel whilst you’re a student. If you’ve moved away from home it can be expensive to go and visit your family, luckily students have access to rail and bus discounts to help out with this. I would suggest utilising this for as long as possible to save money on any journey you’re taking.
Textbooks can be very expensive, unfortunately, but with sites like eBay you can find cheaper second hand versions of them. Although there are libraries to borrow the books they often only take in a handful of copies that are checked out really quickly meaning you may miss out on that boat. Buying the textbooks also means you get to keep them at the end of term. This is good because it means you can go back to them at any time to refresh your mind of any studies. You can also sell them at the end of your course and make a bit of money back.
Most things are done online now, admittedly, but if you do ever need to print out an essay for your course it’s good to be able to do it at home. Chances are that when you need to print out an assignment, hundreds of other students do too meaning you could be waiting a while to be get in there. It also means you can print out things to highlight and read over your essay in a new light.
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For Students Moving In To Halls/Moving Out
This is an important thing to buy when moving out that’s often overlooked. You want to feel comfortable in your new place. Especially when you’re getting ready to sleep. Not only that, but if you’re moving into student halls or rented accommodation you won’t have much free will in terms of decorating. Getting yourself some nice bed sets can help you put your stamp on your new home without breaking any rules.
As with the bedding, towels are so important but often forgotten about. I’d advise getting yourself a few towels, not just one. That way any guests that come over can use the towels you never use and you have a towel for when the other is in the washing machine.
You’re likely to be moving in to shared accommodation. This can be great for making friends and saving money on bills and food etc. however it can also mean a noisy environment. This isn’t great if you’re trying to focus on studying. In order to be able to tune out of all the noise I’d advise buying headphones so you can easily tune it all out.
This one is pretty self explanatory. Buy yourself everything you need. I’d buy a few shampoos, toothpastes and body washes so that you’re stocked for a little while just in case money gets a little tight (student life can be hard). In general it’s good to have your own toiletries instead of having to ask to share with roommates.
A Small Safe
I’m not saying that people aren’t trustworthy, but to ensure that your valuables are protected it might be worth buying a small safe. You are likely to be moving in with strangers who you don’t know and trust yet so if nothing else this will help you feel more comfortable leaving your valuables in your room.
Power Extension Lead
There is no guarantee that you will have enough plugs to power everything you need. If you’re really worried about this I would maybe buy 2 power extension leads so you’re covered for more than one side of your room. The other thing is that if you don’t need one of them you can always lend/give it to a room mate.