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My University Essentials Wishlist

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University starts for some in around a month from now. Some of you will be going into your first year, some your last, some won’t be going at all. Heck, some of you might not even be old enough to go and may be starting college? I’m changing courses this year (read here why) so I’m starting university again as a first year student, and wanted to compile a list of things I will buy (or more so, I want to buy) for uni and my flat (well, bedroom).

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So, first things first, the bed! My favourite place ever. Has to be comfortable, has to be cute, and most importantly, has to be cosy.  Must haves include cushions, a blanket / throw, teddy (or more than one, I’m not judging) and good pillowcases.

NOTE: Silk pillowcases are supposed to be REALLY good for your hair. They’re expensive but I reckon they are worth the investment. Keeps your hair softer, avoids split ends and fall out. It’s a yes from me.

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Next, photos, ornaments, and anything and everything to help with homesickness (If you experience it, which you will, at some point)

Last year, half my bulletin board was covered with photos that I’d printed from boots (online is cheaper!) of holidays, family and friends. This is kind of cheesy, but it helps so much. I grew a lot closer to my family once I moved out for uni (maybe I grew up? maybe I started to realise how important family is? I don’t really know why) so having photo’s of the people I love on the wall did help. Especially with mental health issues! Snapfish regularly have offers on for photo printing and ordering photos online are pretty much always cheaper than in store!

Shine bright like a diamond! 

lights, lights, lights! Brighten up the room! It will have a positive effect on your mood whereas having a dull and dark room will just be a cause for negativity. Now, I have noticed sometimes fairy lights can be pricey, but if you look around for offers, you can get them much cheaper. My go to to look for fairy lights would either be Ebay and Amazon, or a discount store like Wilkos, B&M or Home Bargains. Also, get a lamp for your desk, don’t be working in the dark with only your laptop screen as a light source, it’ll give you a headache!

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.” – George R. R. Martin

If you’re an avid reader, bring your books! Or your kindle/kobo (an e-reader will save a ton of space)! They will bring home comforts with them. And if you prefer hard copies, prepare to get some bookends, otherwise with all the files and papers and books on the shelves that you have, they will be a big mess before you know it. You can get books super cheap from The Works! Tesco and Asda regularly have good deals on too!

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Speaking of files, Stationary is next on the list!

I recently did a thread on twitter (check it out here!) of these super cute stationary items I found on amazon that just make you smile by looking at them, and are also super photogenic! Make sure you have pens, files, plastic wallets (you can get these super cheap off amazon or pound shop! Don’t get riled into bigger stores such as WHSmith or Rymans who sell them at extortionate prices!)

Also, get yourself a planner to keep up to date with assignments, tests, lectures and seminars. Trust me when I say you will forget about a lecture that you had Thursday morning because it totally slipped your mind! Do not fall into the habit of missing lectures! I stumbled across a brand called Dot Creates, which do the most adorable stationary items! They do a pack for bloggers too! May need to add it onto my wishlist for September (read my August 2017 Goals and Wishlist post here!)! Alternatively, there is always poundland, etsy, Amazon, Wilkos and so many more that do great offers and decent stationary. Be warned though, they may lack in quality. But to be fair, you’ll go through a couple hundred plastic wallets just in your first semester!

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Get comfy! This will be your home for the next year!

Bring your slippers and dressing gown and your favourite hoodie and PJs. If you wanna buy some new ones, head over to primark! Always super cheap and cute items, or there’s also Asda, Peacocks, and Asos! There’s so many stores to chose from, so make sure you don’t get ripped off when you can get a super comfy set of PJs for around £10-15 instead of around £30.

Okay, so last thing on this list, I promise.

Candles! Make your room smell heavenly, but make sure you’re allowed them first! A lot of student accommodations don’t allow candles (although that never stopped me from lighting one the odd time #rebel). If you’re not allowed candles, there are alternatives! You can use reed diffusers (you can get these super cheap from Asda, Wilkos, and Amazon!) Candles/Wax melts that I have my eye on at the moment are from a small business called Moonlight melts! I see them all over my timeline and they look just lush! Super cute shapes, reasonable prices and such a lovely and large range of scents! I’m instantly sold!

So, this is my wishlist done, and a lot of these items I have either bought for this year, or last year for my room! They are just a must! I’ll add other little bits just under here that you guys may like! Have a good year at uni!

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Lots of love,


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  • Reply Jennifer Grieve

    A new throw is actually on my shopping list for uni so I’ll definitely check these out! I’m going to do a big shop soon where I buy some bits for my new room and I’m sooo excited!

    August 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      The one I have is currently too small, I made the mistake of buying a throw that’s too small! I’m going to wait for student finance to drop before splurging haha

      August 22, 2017 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    I love having lights in my room! It makes it so much more homey, which always makes me feel better when I’m far from home!

    August 22, 2017 at 10:25 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      I’ve ordered my lights! Can’t wait for them to arrive and make my room perfect for every blogger!

      August 22, 2017 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Shelise

    I remember when I was at Uni I would always buy so many new things every summer to take with me, I have used silk pillow cases before but didn’t like them to sleep on x

    S x

    August 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      I’ve never used silk pillowcases before! Quite excited to try them!
      I also am guilty of buying too many new items aha

      August 24, 2017 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Brill post thank you. Eldest is off to uni in a few weeks, read this post and have made a list. Appreciated.

    August 29, 2017 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Aw good luck to him/her! Uni is such a good experience!

      August 31, 2017 at 2:16 am
  • Reply Dieter

    Candles are super, the make light and make it feel warm. All the electronic gadgets are anyway on board for music, video and researching, University is a fun period in life, enjoy

    August 29, 2017 at 8:03 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      I may have spent a little too much on candles over the last two days for my flat for uni, and I have no regrets!

      August 31, 2017 at 2:16 am
  • Reply Siham

    This post is very helpful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing! Also your blog is sp pretty loved it 🙂

    August 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Thank you!! Much appreciated x

      August 31, 2017 at 2:15 am
  • Reply Kelsey Pfeifer

    Ugh I definitely felt all of those things when I went to college… now I’m off to grad school and I really needed this post!

    August 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Glad it helps! I complied this whilst I was doing my own shopping 🙂

      August 31, 2017 at 2:15 am
  • Reply Bryana Camille Braxton

    I agree, when designing your dorm room, it’s all about creating a homey vibe. Make your bed as comfy as possible, blankets, mattress topper, the whole shebang!

    August 30, 2017 at 2:31 am
    • Reply mevstheodds

      Totally agree! Don’t forget the teddies and cushions!!

      August 31, 2017 at 2:14 am
  • Reply Laura

    What a good list of items! Comfy items are so important to make your dorm feel like home!

    August 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      They really are! You’ll be spending a lot of time there so you want it to be as cosy as possible!

      August 31, 2017 at 2:13 am
  • Reply Tanya Ince

    I agree, lights can really make a difference in any room. I recently wrote a post on dorm room organization on a budget, so I had to think about it for a while. Lights were on my list as well and a cute area rug.:)

    August 30, 2017 at 8:22 pm
    • Reply mevstheodds

      They really do! I need a rug, totally forgot about that, time to add one to my already extensive shopping cart on amazon haha

      August 31, 2017 at 2:13 am

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