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Back To University

If it’s your first year of university or you’re returning for another, you’ll be starting to think about moving into student halls, or your own student house, as well as the kitchenware, bedroom accessories and storage solutions you might need!

Get organised with our back to university guides, checklists and recipes, designed to equip you with everything you need for the year ahead.

 

University Survival Guide

It’s that time of year again, shops are full of stationery essentials and tickets for freshers week events are selling like hot cakes. The ‘back to university’ season has officially started and if you’re leaving home for your first year or heading back for another – you’re probably thinking about what you need to get organised.

Get ready with our tips on how to survive university and take a look at our back to university checklist to make sure you have all the essentials!

Cooking & Meals

 
  • Cook as a household Everyone chipping in reduces the amount of food you need to buy and offers the perfect socialising opportunity as you cook and dine together (particularly useful for those that don’t know one another.)
  • Plan ahead Plan your meals for the week so you’re not stuck with lots of unnecessary groceries that you can’t make a meal with.
  • Be equipped Unless you’re the next Nigella, invest in products that make cooking a little bit easier, things like toastie makers, slow cookers, poaching cups and omelette makers.
  • Batch cook Cook more than you need and separate multiple portions into food containers for freezing. This is often cheaper, minimises waste and means you always have a tasty and homecooked meal ready to heat up when you’re short on time.
  • Get creative with leftovers That’s precious money you’re throwing away! Try cooking leftovers in a different way or adding a sauce to make bland leftovers an exciting new dish.

Budgeting

  • Weekly allowance Try splitting your money up into weekly allowances so you know exactly what your budget is. This will help you avoid the most commonly made mistake: spending your entire student loan in freshers week.
  • Own-brand bargains Remember that many of the supermarket’s own discount brands are exactly the same as the branded favourites, so don’t be fooled by packaging.
  • Packed lunch Always aim to take a bottle of water and food from home, you can end up spending so much money in the canteen at university, so prepping your food for the day can save loads in the long run – especially if you won’t be heading back home for hours.
  • Student discount Use your privileges wisely! Before picking where you go for a meal or drinks, browse restaurants that offer student discounts. Some even offer bigger discounts mid-week!

Moving

  • Don’t duplicate When moving into your new university accommodation avoid over purchasing on items you already have! To help you with this, take a look through our back to university checklist and tick off what you have from home or your previous year.
  • Don’t overspend Only move with the essentials, you don’t need to have everything organised beforehand and there’s only so much you can fit in one carload or suitcase.
  • Be vigilant You’re bound to be eager to get in an get set up, but don’t forget to take photos before moving your stuff in and report any damage or obvious problems straight away.

Routine & Studying

  • Mornings are valuable No lectures until the afternoon? Use the morning to get a couple of odd-jobs done. This way, you’ll have more time to socialise in the evening without having those jobs hanging over you.
  • Know your deadlines All-nighters may seem like a good idea, but getting work done ahead of deadlines will save you from a lot of stress in the future.
  • Love the 9-5 Try to treat your time at university as you would a job – set your hours between 9 (ok - maybe 10) and 6pm and work in between them. This will help you get used to working hours once you graduate, and means you always keep on track for your deadlines by making sure you make the most of your day. Also, the added bonus is you keep your weekends and evenings free for the fun stuff!