what are some essentials for starting uni? like for a dorm, stationary supplies etc??
I’m not sure what to recommend exactly but I can tell you what my essentials are, I move around a lot and have done ever since I first moved to uni. Try to take only the bare minimum, you’ll accumulate things whilst you’re away :–)
stationery, I currently use:
- pens: micron fineliners, zebra f-301, uniball sx-101
- pencils: pentel p200 0.5, staedtler hb, tombow eraser
- highlighters: mildliners (sorry I’m boring, they’re just so nice!)
- notebooks: moleskine (a5, soft cover, squared)
- pencil case / folders
- and a 30cm folding ruler is useful too
- a cruelty-free double duvet + two really good pillows
- I am obsessed with my duvet, I went around the shop scrunching every one until I found the one closest to real down. good sleep is really really important!
- even if the bed at your accommodation is a single, a double duvet can fold or hang over the side, whereas a single duvet might have to be replaced if you move to a new place that has a double bed
- a blanket or throw
- a desk light / a bedside light
- an easy-to-care for indoor plant that purifies the air
- try: dracaena, sanseveria, ficus, spathiphyllum
- a medicine tin with standard painkillers, effervescent vitamin c, savlon, indigestion tablets, tiger balm and other bits you might need (remember to take your anti-allergy tablets, inhaler, etc.)
- cafetiére / pourover / teapot and a kettle
- or invest in a hot plate coffee maker and a timer plug – voilà, you can wake up to fresh coffee in the morning
- speaker(s) (pack headphones too… don’t be that neighbour)
- printed photos of your friends and family, artwork, posters, or a small rug will make you feel instantly more at home – put them up with washi tape though so you don’t mark the walls!
- if you share a kitchen: instead of taking a big set with lots of plates, try going to your local market or charity / secondhand shop and buy just two small plates, two small bowls and some knives and forks. this way, you’ll have more space in the kitchen + be able to tell which are yours, as well as nice memories of going to those places in your hometown before moving
- if you share a bathroom: invest in a toiletries bag, then you don’t have to leave all your stuff in the bathroom if you don’t want to
Finally, my mum’s advice to me: take something, or a few things, that are really old and you’ve had for ages. It can be tempting to take university as a ‘fresh start’, and you should, but if you take at least one thing – maybe a bag, or pencil case – that you’ve loved for years, it might make you feel more grounded if things get overwhelming.
I am so excited for you, good luck at university and I hope you really enjoy it.