• Graduates share the lesser-known university essentials
  • Tackle late nights, loud dorms and cold colleges
  • Share your #studentessentials on social media

Home away from home

Homesickness is a common problem for new students, especially if it’s their first time living away from the family house. Packing a few creature comforts can help reduce those late night calls from melancholy kids missing home – unless the calls are welcome, of course! 
Man drawing curtains
image of a lava lamp
image of a pot plant on a window sill
Picture of a blue bed in a blue room with some books on the window sill
A picture of a nautical row door stop holding open a blue door

What else? 

  • Kettle and mini fridge – when the kitchen is too busy and dissertation submission hour is looming
  • Radiator clothes drier – because student rooms can be cold and mouldy clothes aren’t cool
  • Beanbag – lighter than an armchair and easier to pack away, a beanbag could be an alternative comfy seat for tired students
  • Laundry basket – keep the ever-growing stack of laundry confined to a single space

Study boosters and midnight snacks

When you're at university, you could be awake at any hour – that means irregular meal times and urgent hunger pangs. Making sure that your diligent student stocks a snack supply about their room, or even person, at all times can help them stay alert during study and lectures.

Study boosters and midnight snacks

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What else?

  • A kitchen knife – if there's access to a kitchen, a good, sharp kitchen knife is essential
  • Water filtration bottles – fill water up from anywhere with these handy, easy-to-clean water bottles

Swatting up with study necessities

Although we don't always like to admit it, university's main purpose is to study for a degree. With these must-haves you can be sure that the undergrad in the family will make the most of their cramming sessions.

Swatting up with study necessities

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What else?

  • Savvy smartphone apps – voice memos for sleepy lectures, Pages for on-the-go moments of essay genius, list and productivity apps

Keeping clean and cosy on campus

Hopefully, your son or daughter's dorm room is warm and relatively clean, but there's little that can be done to control the conditions on campus, so be prepared.

picture of an orange hot water bottle

picture of a man in shorts holding a shower caddie

Freshers’ Week essentials

The first week of university is often the most daunting. Thankfully (or not, depending on your perspective), some wise heads at UK universities decided that the best way to get everyone settled was by throwing a weeklong experience of parties and events.

Picture of a woven basket with some fancy dress costumes over flowing from it

What else?

  • Earring holder – they go walkies when friends live together
  • Fancy dress and face paint – because costumes are inevitable…
  • Ear plugs – there may be some nights when it’s best to stay in and sleep… maybe?

Share the ultimate packing checklist with young scholars and they'll be protected against the cold, any dissertation-related crises and last-minute costume conundrums. Just make sure it's all covered by your current home insurance before they head off for Freshers' Week.