By Caitlin Macdonald
So, you’ve just got into uni and are moving away from home for the first time. Here are some tips to help make that very exciting experience a little easier for you:
Bring a memory foam mattress topper –
Student Accommodation beds are not comfy, no matter how fancy your accommodation is, you will still be sleeping on a brick.
If you are moving into a flat with other people, prioritise getting to know them –
You may already have friends in the building or in the city you moved to but get to know your flatmates because you don’t want to be avoiding the kitchen and feeling uncomfortable in your own home. Trust me, it’s not a good experience.
Get a pair of slides or slip-on shoes –
Although you might say you are clean, chances are your kitchen and hallway won’t stay very clean. You do not want to be walking around a student kitchen in bare feet.
Doing your washing will probably cost more than your food shop. Get colour catcher sheets –
If you happen to get an accommodation that doesn’t use Circuit Laundry, then you are unbelievably lucky. Colour catcher sheets will become your best friend when you realise it’s £10 a week to do both a light and dark wash, your white clothes may not stay white but at least you save a fiver.
Bring extra storage –
Chances are you will have lots of storage, but it will be under your bed, and you will have to move your mattress to get it which isn’t very practical. Get a set of plastic drawers if you can, you might not have that much stuff in your room at home but that’s because you’re not keeping all of your household supplies there too. Extra storage is vital for easy access to all of your stuff.
Bring lots of underwear –
You might think you won’t need that many, but if you’re not doing a washing that week and you run out of underwear, it’s not the best situation to be in. Make sure you’re stocked up.
Your kitchenware will smash or be stolen –
I wouldn’t be buying expensive kitchenware to live in halls, chances are you have one party and that’s all of your glasses and mugs gone. I have bought the same glasses from Poundland at least 5 times this year after I’ve smashed them, or they’ve just went missing.
Aldi is your best friend –
You might have a job and SAAS to help you with money, but I still wouldn’t be spending it all on food, the most my food shop ever costs me is £10 – £20, not breaking the bank and I’m still eating good.
Stock up on frozen food –
Yes, it might not be the healthiest stuff in the world, but the amount of money you save from not having to buy fresh stuff every week that eventually goes off out ways the health aspect for me. You might even find yourself not having to do a food shop one week because your freezer is stocked up, then you have more money for drinks.