Freshers' Guide: The Must Buy Essentials For University

Whether you are moving away to study or studying from home, there are a few things you can buy to make the transition to university life a little bit easier. We’ve compiled a list of what a first‑year student really needs that will help save you cash and packing time

The Essentials

You will need essentials things like kitchenware (pots, pans, plates, cutlery, bowls, mugs, a cheese grater etc), bedding, towel, hairdryer, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, face masks/coverings if you are moving away from home to study

You might also like to bring along a few recipe books ‑ once all of those Freshers’ buy‑one‑get‑one‑free Dominos vouchers disappear, you will actually have to cook for yourself!

Finishing touches

It’s important that you find a place where you can feel motivated and focus to study. For instance Instagram magic, fairy lights are a great addition to any space to literally brighten things up. You can also decorate with postcards, posters, or photographs of loved ones.

Tech for your course

Depending on what you’re studying, there might be some specific software ‑ e.g, Adobe InDesign ‑ that you’ll be required to use. So make sure that your computer will be able to run exactly what your course needs.

Almost as important as the computer itself is a trust memory stick or hard drive. Get one with plenty of space in it, as you will be using it a lot. You will definitely be told a cautionary tale or two of a poor former student without a proper backup whose computer crashed, costing them a whole term’s worth of work. Do not become the stat of that cautionary tale.


The University experience is definitely better when you're with friends. If making new friends is difficult for you, then it’s handy to have something you can break the ice with such as Monopoly Deal, Dobble and Cards. These are brilliant for getting the house together and bringing people out of their shells. We curated 7 tips to help you make friends as a fresher on campus. You can also check it here

Stationery staples

So you’ve got what you need to fend for yourself, and you’ve made your house feel like home‑ now it’s time to get down to the whole reason that you’re here in the first place: studying!

During those first two weeks, the workload might feel overwhelming, or it might take a while to get used to the pace of things. So, it’s wise to make an investment that will keep track of deadlines and tasks such as weekly reading. A lot of what you do at university will be self‑managed, so using one will make no dates slip your mind and help you to break things down into manageable chunks.


It’s wise to check your course website or handbook for any pre‑reading. Peradventure a list of required textbooks for the whole term has been posted, then it can be a good idea to buy them all in advance so you can save money on paying for quick delivery, or maybe even had time to find what you need at a bargain price.