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What to take to University

Trying to think of everything you need to take to University is a daunting task. It feels like there is so much to remember and you will probably forget something.

I did all my shopping in IKEA and ASDA. These are both affordable places to buy things.

My top tip would be to not buy too much. If you can, check with your flatmates what everyone is bringing with them, else you may end up with 6 cheese graters and 6 toastie makers – and kitchen space is limited!

In my flat, all appliances such as kettle, toaster, microwave etc were provided so I didn’t need to worry about those.

This is a rough guide to what I took to university (It was 6 months ago so I won’t remember everything!)


  • Bedding – duvet, duvet covers, bottom sheet, mattress protector (you don’t know who was sleeping in your bed last!), pillows
  • Extension Leads – often there will be a lack of plug sockets or they will be miles away from your bed – I have two and they’re super useful
  • Coathangers! Super important
  • Laundry basket/bags so you have something to carry your washing to the launderette with
  • Photos/posters/fairy lights – anything that makes you feel more at home
  • Technology – laptops, iPad, TV etc (make sure you get them insured, I used Endsleigh)
  • Stationary (you will need to actually do some uni work at some point)
  • Blanket/hot water bottle – my room is always like the Arctic
  • Bin
  • Storage Boxes – often there isn’t enough space to store everything
  • Medication, First Aid Kit, Batteries, Lightbulbs, Blu Tac etc
  • Clothes – couple of fancy dress items for Freshers week and any other events (school uniform is always a popular one)
  • Coat – I live up North now and it’s bloody freezing!!


  • Bin
  • Towels
  • Cleaning items – bleach, duster and polish, bin bags etc
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Make-up
  • Air Freshener
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet Brush
  • Toilet Roll!!


  • Cutlery, plates, bowls
  • A sharp knife
  • Wooden spoons, veg peeler, fish slice, serving spoon, grater, colander
  • Casserole dish
  • Microwave/oven proof dish
  • Cling film, Tin Foil
  • Sponges/cloths
  • Washing up Liquid
  • Dry Ingredients – pasta, tinned food, salt and pepper etc
  • Saucepans and Frying Pans
  • Measuring Jug
  • Cups and Mugs
  • Oven Gloves
  • Teatowels

ALSO – remember important documents such as your passport, insurance documents, ID, student ID, passport photos in case you need them to sign up for something, University documents, money, bank cards, any tickets you have bought etc.

Probably missed off some things but I hope this rough guide helps!

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Combating Homesickness at University

University is a fantastic way to become independent and learn how to look after yourself. It is a massive change in your life and everyone will experience homesickness at some point. I was surprised by how well I coped with the transition from home to Uni. I didn’t get homesick until after Christmas. This term is very long, and when I go home for Easter it will be three months since I’ve seen my family.

It’s okay to feel homesick and it is completely normal.

How to combat homesickness:

  • Ring/Skype your family – it might help just to hear their voice and talk to them. I tend to ring my mum most days just to tell her about my day
  • Go out with your friends – spending time with other people provides a great distraction from missing home. Go for a walk, get a coffee, explore your surroundings.
  • Get your friends to come and visit you.
  • Read a book, listen to music or watch your favourite show on Netflix
  • Cook your favourite meal, perhaps one you enjoyed eating at home. It’s good to treat yourself


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Freshers – does it live up to the hype?

We’ve all watched those typical American high-school films, which show lots of young people drinking out of red cups and having the time of their lives. Most people coming to University expect this to happen during their Freshers.

Personally, I thought Freshers was overrated. I still had a good time, but I’ve had many, many better nights out since then. My best advice would be to not spend too much money buying tickets for events before you get to University. Sure, buy a couple, but most of the time you can just buy the tickets on the day, thus not wasting any money. Promoters like to bombard you with stuff on social media the summer before Uni, telling you that you “must” buy this ticket as it is close to selling out (it usually isn’t).

My top tips for Freshers:

Don’t buy too many tickets in advance – wait to see what other people are doing in your halls first and buy them on the day

Try and have some kind of budget. I know it’s easy to spend a lot of money now you suddenly have a student loan, but you will regret it in a couple of weeks when you’re eating moldy bread and baked beans until Christmas

There will be lots of other events during Freshers besides going out – Freshers fairs are always great because you get lots of free stuff, and everyone loves free stuff. Societies are also great to join if you want to meet people with the same interests as you, also another way to make friends

The friends you meet during Freshers might not necessarily be the people you spend your time with for the remainder of University. I remember being with people in September, and 6 months down the line I haven’t seen them since. Having said that, don’t isolate yourself. The start of University is a great way to form friendships and can help you combat homesickness. Remember everyone is in the same boat and everyone is probably feeling the same as you are

And finally, enjoy it. Take photos and make memories.


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University Bedroom

University rooms tend to differ depending on how much you’re willing to pay a week. I chose to live in Halls for my first year as it is the best way to make friends. I also opted for an en-suite as I really didn’t want to share a bathroom with completely strangers, especially boys. I pay £112.50 a week for my bedroom and en-suite with bills included. It comes with a 3/4 bed and is a really lovely space. Living in Halls is good for people who are both confident and those who are less so. I have never been very sociable but going to University has forced me to form new relationships and go out more which in the long run has been very beneficial for me. Sometimes when it gets too much I can retreat to my bedroom, watch Netflix and eat crisps, which is okay too. Other times I hang out with my flatmates in the kitchen, or go and see my other friends who live in the blocks by me.

For second year we’ve got a four bedroom house (I feel so grown up) which is £85 a week bills included. It will be nice to have my own space but I will miss halls and having all my friends in the same place. Halls has an amazing atmosphere and there is always something going on. It can be noisy so earplugs are encouraged!

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An Introduction

Hi everyone,

I’ve never written a blog before, I wouldn’t say I was particularly good at writing either (I did A Level English and just scraped it), but I thought I’d start a blog all about university. I am currently in my first year studying Criminology and Psychology. Before I started, I didn’t really know anyone who had been to uni before me who could give me a real insight into what it was like. The thought was quite scary but now I’m here I absolutely love it and I want to provide information for anyone who is thinking about coming to University.

If anybody has any questions on any aspects of uni life then feel free to ask me

Thank you

Emma 🙂 x