I had so many thoughts going through my head at the time, that I don’t think I actually digested the reality that I was to attend university in a couple of weeks. I was relieved to discover that I was to be living in my first choice of accommodation too. I think most students are in the dark about how to sort out accommodation and what to take (well I was at least). I decided to create a list of top tips that would hopefully help you with some accommodation concerns and confusions. You must take into consideration that every university is different and some of these tips might not apply to your university.
2. Ikea is your best friend. It took me one trip to this wonderful store to buy most things that I needed for the kitchen and bathroom. Don’t get me wrong, I am that typical girl that likes picking up little bits and bobs for my room from independent shops, however, the main bulk of my university shopping was completed in Ikea.
3. Buy storage boxes as soon as you have got your accommodation acceptance email. This way, you can start popping little bits into the boxes rather than cluttering up your bedroom or house. You can pick these up from most supermarkets or budget retailers.
4. Check what hob your halls has. My accommodation was pretty new and had induction hobs, which mean that only induction pans would work on them. Quite a few of my friends bought normal pans that did not work.
5. You will need two of everything in your kitchen, well not everything. For example, I bought two forks, knives, plates, cups, mugs etc. This will be useful if a friend decides to visit or if you break an item.
6. Buy a doorstop. Keeping your door open when you move in is an easy way to make friends with the people in your flat. Also, it will allow air to let into your room as it can sometimes be quite stuffy.