It's that time of the year where students are moving into their halls for the first time as freshers gets underway. If you're feeling a bit daunted then have no fear! We've got your back with a few handy recommendations of things that you simply cannot be without this year. We've also given a few tips on what you should definitely not take to university too because some items will leave you looking a fool or will just be asking to be smashed by your drunk friends.
Do - Speaker
When your phone's volume just won't do, a speaker is essential to have especially during pre-drinks. Plus if the speaker is yours then you automatically get the right to put the playlist on too. You don't have to go for the most expensive model either, there are plenty of small portable speakers that will do just fine for a party.
Here's a playlist that you can get stuck into right away.
Do - Extension Lead
Whether you're bringing a gaming console, a TV, a fan or even just a hairdryer it's quite likely that you'll need an extension cable to fit everything in. Uni halls are notorious for putting plug sockets in the most awkward of places so it's better to be prepared. You do not want to be stranded pulling in a vaccum cleaner from a plug outside whilst your flatmates stand and watch how helpless you are.
Don't - The Fine China
Uni is not the place to bring the old tea set that's been passed down five different generations of your family and given to you on your 18th birthday by your over-excited nan. If people are coming over to your flat or house, you never know what's going to happen and you're better off keeping it away from other uni students.
Instead, the plan should be to go straight to IKEA and purchase the blandest set you can imagine, which will interest nobody and ensure that your stuff is left well alone.
For when you're not smashing plates here's a playlist you might enjoy.
Do - A Planner
Organisation is key! As the deadlines come rushing in, it's understandable that you may start to feel a bit overwhelmed. Putting down dates in a planner can make things seem a lot more manageable as you can tick things off one at a time. It also makes sure you don't miss out on anything else too from social events to gigs.
Do - Laptop
It sounds incredibly obvious that a laptop is essential but you need to make sure that the model you choose is as reliable as possible. If you're on the go too then you may need something that's lighter and a lot more portable, maybe even a hybrid between a laptop and tablet which is especially useful for design.
If you're in need of some Fresher's inpiration then take a look at our Freshers Inspire Me page.
Do - Pinboard
If your halls allow for it or you can find a way of putting one up without leaving a mark on your wall then a pinboard can come in quite handy. Here you can sort out various notes and even pin up a few moments from good memories. A pinboard also helps you to keep the area you work in a lot tidier.
Don't - Candles
Candles! A great idea to add some ambience right? Well, it turns out that your landlord or halls might ban them anyway because of the marks that they can leave on the walls. Plus, who would want that fire hazard lying in wait anyway? All it takes is one drunken night, stumbling back to your flat thinking that lighting a candle will be a good idea and suddenly everyone has to be evacuated and you're getting all kinds of dirty looks.
Do - Headphones/Earplugs
In a surprise to absolutely no one, uni halls can be quite loud. So if you find yourself tossing and turning in bed whilst you can hear two people in the flat above having a 3 AM argument about the longevity of Bitcoin then headphones or earplugs are a must. Earplugs are also useful if you find yourself going to quite a few live music events too, you have to take care of those eardrums.
If you're needing a playlist to drown everyone out then look no further.
Do - Storage Boxes
Making full use of the space offered to you in your room will help it look a lot less messy. If you have space under your bed then shove a few storage boxes underneath and voila suddenly your room is not as much of a tip as it once was. Plus it makes moving in and out a whole lot easier.
Don't - Pets
Can you really justify the uni stress piled on top of the stress of looking after another actual living being? It doesn't matter if you're favourite goldfish makes you feel at home, you'll be gutted if it ends up turning upside down from neglect. Sure, it sounds like a good idea to get some routine in your life by taking your dog around the park every morning but can you deal with that every single day?
We're going to say that you don't and would rather cherish the rare few mornings where you don't actually have to get up and do anything.
Looking for more uni inspiration? Take a look at our 2021 Freshers Guide.
Moving to a new city? Then a glance at our What's On Guide is a must. If you want to see what's going on at the clubs near you then take a look at our Clubs page.