A guide to your freshers essentials

Flying the nest and moving out for university is a huge milestone in any young person’s life. After years of being under your parents’ wings, the anticipation of finally having the freedom to live life by your rules is undeniably exciting. 

However, before the world can become your oyster, there are a few things you’ll need to prepare to ensure you begin your new life comfortably. From stocking up on cleaning supplies to ensuring you stay warm through the chilliest of winters, it’s important to get organised ahead of time. 

Here’s a brief guide to your freshers essentials. 

Warm clothes

When you become a student it’s likely you’ll have a limited income. With energy bills rising across the UK, the cost of heating your home may be too expensive for you to afford. Ensuring you have plenty of warm clothes to wear such as jumpers and thermal tops will help you stay cosy while you knuckle down to write your essays. 

A cookbook

When you first move out of home it can feel overwhelming to suddenly have to cook your own food, particularly if you haven’t learnt much about food preparation yet. However, there are plenty of cookbooks designed especially for beginners

Start off with something simple like making your own pasta sauce and before you know it, you’ll be whipping up delicious dishes for the whole house! 

Kitchen utensils 

You’ve probably already bought a set of plates, bowls, cutlery, and a mug or two, but what about the kitchen utensils you’ll need to hone your culinary skills? You won’t get far without a good frying pan, and a few saucepans, and you’ll also need a few kitchen knives and a wooden spoon or two. 

Don’t forget about what you’ll need for the clean up after dinner either. A few tea towels, some sponges, and a washing up bowl will do the job nicely. 

Cleaning stuff

Now that you’re going to be living away from home, keeping the house clean will be your responsibility. Make sure you arrive equipped with all the cleaning essentials you’ll need to make cleaning as quick and easy as possible. 

Remember laundry products too like washing detergent and a clothes horse so you don’t rack up your energy bill by using the dryer. 

Extra bedding 

Make sure you bring two sets of sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases for your bed so that you always have a spare when one set is in the wash. Check the size of your bed prior to buying your bedding, as you’ll want to ensure it fits properly. 

To get the best value for money a complete duvet set with a duvet cover and two pillowcases will usually work out cheaper than buying each item individually. A thick blanket is another essential to keep you warm through cold winter nights.