If you or someone you know is starting university this autumn, we can appreciate it’s a daunting time. From the prospect of taking on a degree and meeting LOTS of new people – to making an unfamiliar room your home for the next year, there’s a lot to think about… so to help take some of the stress out of it, we’ve put together a checklist of things you need to feel comfortable! Scroll down and click on the images to shop for NEXT DAY delivery…
First of all, you need to establish what the uni will be providing. Are you in halls of residence? Then you’ll be provided with a bed, desk and wardrobe as a minimum, but it’s your responsibility to make it personal to you. Here are the must-have items you’ll need for your bedroom:
- Duvet and pillows (you might be supplied with these, but from experience – it’s much nicer to take your own!). Have a few different bed linen options on rotation and try change them often (preferably every weekend). We all know that university laundry is effort, which is why having multiple options will give you a few weeks grace from having to deal with it…
- As your first term is throughout winter, it might be a bit chilly at night depending on how old your student accommodation is. That said, take a cosy throw or blanket to double up with your duvet. It’ll make your room look more ‘put together’ too (as long as it’s nicely arranged and not a screwed up ball on the floor!).
- No matter how much you avoid thinking about it, you will be one of MANY people to have slept on that mattress so we recommend investing in a good mattress protector and topper. The protector will prevent losing your deposit should the inevitable pre-drinking spillage occur and the topper will contribute to a comfortable 8 hours, refreshing your brain for a day of lectures!
Now you’ve got the essentials for your bed, consider how you can make the room look like home. It can be tough opening the door to your empty shell, especially when heavily patterned fire retardant curtains and clunky old furniture really aren’t your idea of #homegoals. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of accessories to transform your room – and all within budget!
- Cushions are a quick an easy way to inject some colour and much needed cosiness to your room. Use them to scatter on your bed (perfect if you’re hanging out with mates!) or pop one on your desk chair for a bit of extra back support… you’ll be spending a LOT of time here so posture is key! 😉 You can choose from 12 plain colours for just £10 each!
- Will your uni room have a bedside table? Most people have a spare chair and use that as bedside storage, but with space-friendly pieces like this Metal Side Table available – you can afford to be practical and stylish!
- Lighting is the perfect way to increase the ambience, plus something like this Red Task Lamp looks good both on and off, doubling up as a decorative accessorie. Sorted!
- Depending on your type of accommodation, you might not need cooking apparatus but most catered halls will have a kitchen on each floor. So think about whether you’re likely to want to make a round of toast after a night out… you’ll be needing plates at least (oh and mugs for tea!). This 12 Piece Dinner Set is only £30 and given that you’ll be needing it when moving into your second year digs, we think that’s pretty good value!
- Plastering your walls with photos of friends and family is an essential part of feeling at home, so stock up on some photo frames and create a collage wall. You can’t beat some old disposable prints either, so bring a bunch of those and peg each of them to a line of string.
Now that you’re well on track to sorting the aesthetics of your room, consider the practical pieces… e.g. a full set of towels, laundry basket, different sized storage boxes (some for display and some for under the bed) and of course – that all important stationery (because pretty pens = good grades, right?!). Hover over the image below to shop the items. You might also want to pop these on your shopping list…
- A door wedge – your first year is all about making friends, and being able to wedge your door open in halls means not missing out on essential gossip!
- Whether or not you use it, having a hot water bottle on standby will be comforting
- A rubbish bin that you can keep under your desk
- Slippers and a dressing gown will make dashes to the loo in the middle of the night less annoying
If you’re starting university this year, let us know by tweeting us @nextofficial. Keep an eye on our hashtag #CampusComforts via our social sites for more useful tips and tricks for getting prepped for the big move!