Welcome back to my ‘Top 10 Tuesday’ series. Today, I’ll be going through the top 10 things I think you should take to university. I’ve recently graduated university, so i feel like i’ve got some experience in this field. There are, of course, loads of other things you need to take you university, but these are some of things you might not have thought about!
- Doorstop – Not many people think about this, but it really helps getting to know your flatmates. Propping your door open encourages people to come in and say hello on moving day, it also means that as the weeks go on you can prop the door open to show people that you’re free to chat or do something! I also found that I got disturbed less when my door was shut because people knew that meant i was busy.
- Speakers – Surprisingly, out of a block of 24 students, i was the only one that took speakers! I recommend ones that connect via bluetooth or aux cable so your friends can connect to it and play their music at flat parties.
- Rail Card – Getting a rail card is completely worth the money, you save the money you spend after just a few trips. If you’re going to university in a different part of the country you and your friends might want to explore, so getting cheaper train tickets is super useful! It also makes the journey back to your parents more affordable. I found the Young Persons railcard to save me around £10 per trip on what usually cost me £30 (depending on where you’re going), they can save you around a third of your money!
- Passport Photos – When you first get to university you’ll probably be getting things such as bus passes, student cards and rail cards, all of which require a photo. Having a few passport size photos to hand means that you can get these things sorted quickly, and don’t have to wait until you find somewhere and the time to get your photos taken.
- ID – Freshers week probably won’t be much fun for you without this! Even if you’re not a drinker, you’ll probably still want to go out with your new friends and you won’t get into most places without this. I recommend getting a provisional driving license if you don’t already drive. The main reason for this is that they are not as expensive as a passport to replace should they get lost. Also, although nightclubs are meant to accept certain ID cards, in my experience I’ve found they don’t always! A provisional license guarantees entry.
- First Aid Kit – A first aid kit with items such as paracetamol, plasters and condoms is a handy little thing to have lying around! You’ll probably find that you’re friends need something from it more than you do, but there’s nothing wrong with being the nurse of the halls!
- Full Prescriptions – It takes a little while to get registered at your new local doctors, so making sure you get prescription filled before you move means you’re not in a mad rush to get registered at the doctors. You should certainly get registered as soon as you can, but the start of university is pretty overwhelming so you’ll have a lot of stuff on your mind when you first get there, so it won’t be at the top of your to do list.
- Decent Bag – I recommend a strong backpack. Something that will be protective for your laptop, as well as strong enough to carry all your books. Shoulder bags might look nicer, but they’re super uncomfortable to carry if they get too heavy. Investing in a decent one in the first year means it should last you a good while before it needs replacing.
- Portable Phone Charger – I touched on this in my previous Top 10 post, but i think it’s even more important to take portable phone charger to university with you. If your phone dies on a night out, you need to make sure you can charge your phone, especially if you need a taxi!
- Fancy Dress – You’ll be surprised how many times you need fancy dress at university! A lot of the freshers nights will probably have themes to them so taking any fancy dress you already have will save you some money when you first move in.
Hopefully you’ve found this useful if you’re off to university soon! Is there anything you think i’ve missed? Let me know! Most importantly, stay safe and have fun at university, it really is an incredible experience, so love every minute of it because it’ll be over before you know it! Do i sound like a 50 year old dad yet? I thought so..
Top 10 Tuesday will be back in 2 weeks talking about managing money so keep your eyes peeled for that!