How to pack for Freshers
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Make sure you have all the essentials packed for Freshers!
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- Don’t buy expensive things: Stationary will get lost, and it’s only a matter of time before bowls/glasses (especially wine glasses) are smashed. A lot of things don’t survive past first year, so you can save a lot of money by buying things from IKEA, Asda or Argos. Try and bring distinct ones, too, so you will be able to tell what’s yours.
- Vacuum bags will change your life: I can’t stress this enough – vacuum bags are amazing for packing the car. You can put bulky things like cushions, duvets and jumpers inside these bags, vacuum them, and it will remove the air, shrinking them right down to a small, flat pack size – meaning you’ll have more room for other possessions. Magic!
- Pack light: You’ll thank yourself for this on the other end of the year – you are likely to accumulate a lot of things, like course books, stationary and clothes. You’ll want to be able to fit it all back in the car! University dorms don’t always have a lot of storage either – you won’t need more than a large suitcase of clothes, and a few boxes of other things.
- Make sure you check what the university provides: Your halls might provide things like a toaster, kettle, a bin or even bedding – but either way, you don’t want to waste money buying what will already be provided, or be caught out and have to buy things when you’re there. Your flatmates might have had the same idea too! Most universities will provide a packing check list on their accommodation websites, which are worth looking at.
- Bring some home comforts: Making your room as homely as possible will help when you start to feel a bit homesick, and will help you to settle in easier. Bring lots of fairy lights, cosy blankets, and plenty of photos to plaster your walls in. We also recommend using command hooks or strips for putting things up around the room, as they are damage free and leave no marks when you take them off the walls. Door wedges also make you seem a lot more sociable, in comparison to the heavy fire doors that won’t stay open!
- Bring some food essentials: You might not have the time/space/energy for a weekly shop, but it’s a good idea to bring some quick cupboard staples, like pasta, biscuits and tea. Tea and chocolate is always great for bonding with your flatmates over too.
- Make sure you have what you need for studying: Although the libraries are a good facility – it’s important to have your own laptop, and having your own printer can be very convenient.