It's coming up to that time of year again when we, (the existing students,) and the newbie's, (just getting their results and university places,) are thinking about where we will live for the next academic year, and also, what on earth to bring with us!
I feel like an old hand at packing for Uni, as I'm approaching the move in date for my new student house in time for the start of my fourth year of study here at Kingston. So I thought I would write this post to share some tips and tricks I've learnt over the years.
In my first year I took on an unfurnished flat - I would advise any student against doing this, unless you have enough money and are happy to hire a removal van when you move out. I ended up selling the furniture I bought to my then landlady for next to nothing and moving into a furnished flat the following year. It was much easier to move into a place that had the furniture there already, so now I always double check that there is at least a bed, wardrobe and desk in my bedroom before agreeing to the tenancy.
I think it's best to have a minimalist approach to what you bring to Uni because I feel like I work better with less clutter around, something I have only just discovered. You'll see many highly practical lists of what to take to Uni, but you probably know all the basics already. Here's my alternative top 10 things you should pack:
1. Your own kitchen utensils, pots, pans, plates etc but keep it minimal: the less you have, the less there is to wash up!
2. A set of portable speakers so you can share your awesome taste in music with your housemates and friends.
3. A smart outfit or suit, in case you have an interview or important event whilst at uni.
4. Raid your mums herbs and spices cupboard, to spice up a bland meal when money is tight.
5. Hangover cures and a small medical set, just in case you might need something.
6. A pack of cards (complete deck), handy for drinking games.
7. A cheap or old phone, in case yours gets lost, stolen or broken you'll be grateful to have a backup.
8. A travelers backpack for going on long weekends away to see old friends or for sports and society trips.
9. A pot plant to give your bedroom to breath some fresh oxygen into the room and a splash of colour.
10. Lastly, check your reading list and bring the books with you, not only will you be ahead of the game but you won't have to worry about forking out for books when you're low on funds later in the year.
Posted 27 Aug 2014 by Rachel
Hello there! Welcome to my first blog!!! I am so excited to be writing this and I invite you all to interact with me by asking me questions through my profile. I will be writing to you monthly- at least - and will sometimes do a video diary. Your questions don't have to be topical though, ask me anything about Uni that you think I can help you with :) While thinking about what to write for this I looked over the whole of the first year and a few things came to mind that I wanted to share with you. I hope you will find these tips useful or at least I hope they spark some excitement about your future at Uni.
My biggest asset this year, which I am passing onto you, was learning the value of writing lists. It may seem simple but I now write lists for pretty much everything I do. I have long term lists of items I can't yet afford but I want or need. I have weekly to do lists including such things as 'write a blog'. I also have lists of which shops gives you student discounts. I've found that if I write the things down, I complete them much faster than I would have done otherwise.
I was a little slow to the game for this one and it is only recently that I have discovered the beauty of internet grocery shopping. This has saved me time, money and hassle! I also find it helps me stick to a healthy eating plan a lot easier, by avoiding those bright adverts in the shops themselves.
Please see the photo as to what I refer to as a granny bag. I have no idea what they are actually called but I have always known them as this. Granny bags are by FAR the most versatile item you could have, especially if you plan to live at halls. On the days where I want to actually go do my grocery shop, my granny bag saves my energy and getting a broken back. On washing day, my granny bag saves my back once again. Basically for an errand or transporting need- the granny bag saves the day.
For when you first arrive a Uni, spend some time walking around the area. This will help you settle in. When you see shops or businesses along the street be sure to pay attention as to what they are, you never know when the shoe repair will come in use!
WOO first blog complete!
I still have a little over a month until I go back to lectures! That doesn't mean I haven't had anything to do this week, work, Reading Festival, meetings and saying goodbye to the summer (sob). I have to say though, I'm really excited about September, my 20th birthday is coming up, meetings, going back to lectures and Fresher's week! I can't wait to meet all the new students!
Although I'm not sad, I love this mug. A great message and a fun mug from one of my favourite TV programmes ever, How I Met Your Mother. A lot of cups of tea were made today while I was working on The Student Room. I love talking to people who will be starting Kingston soon, I can't believe how fast my first year went!
A tip for all of you, don't forget your money when working all day and need to eat. Coming home to these lovely burgers were a very welcome treat today. I was so hungry!
The beautiful present from my friend Joe's holiday. It's a Harry Potter themed bracelet. I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan. It was also fab to catch up with Joe after not seeing each other for a month or two. We miss our weekly catch ups in the uni library!
I'm lucky to be a part of the Kingston Writing School (free to all Kingston students). Today I met up with the Director, Dr. David Rogers. I had David for a few lectures in my first year on writing essays, the tips of which have now been made into this fab book. I'm lucky enough to have a copy and it is really helpful. I've also been talking about attending the Kingston Writing School's summer school in Athens next year. Fingers crossed! I also headed home for the weekend after today's meeting.
I finally got to Reading Festival! I was gutted to miss my favourite band Paramore a few years ago but I finally got to see them perform as headliners! I got a great view and saw some other great acts too, like Deaf Havana, Mallory Knox, Enter Shikari and Blood Red Shoes! It was nice to go with my other half Ali as well as this was part of his 21st Birthday present.
I still see you Doctor! It's always a big thing for me to sit down and watch the new season of Doctor Who and although ‘my' doctor Matt Smith has left I found Peter Capaldi to be great! I'm really looking forward to the new series with my T.A.R.D.I.S (above) and sonic screwdriver.
Brrr! Goodbye Summer! I found myself huddled up in a jumper and coat today and apparently the wet and cold weather is here to stay! I can't say I'm too sad, autumn is my favourite time of year! Now where are my Ugg boots?!?
I'm not expecting next week to be very busy although a library afternoon, a night out and hopefully improving my cooking skills are on the cards! My last quiet week before September gets very busy!
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