Pots, pans and pens, sure, but what are the unsung essentials for every fresher? Here's our checklist for every student (and the parents packing for them).
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Home away from home
Homesickness is common for new students, especially if it’s their first time living away from home. Packing a few creature comforts can help reduce those late night calls from melancholy kids missing home – unless the calls are welcome, of course!
- 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
Come prepared for irregular meal times and urgent hunger pangs. A supply of healthy snacks can help students stay alert during study and lectures.
- 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
Swotting 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, the undergrad in the family can make the most of their cramming sessions.
- 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 little can be done to control the temperature on campus, so come prepared.
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 the best way to get everyone settled was by throwing a week of parties.
- Earring holder – pairs tend to vanish 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.
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