Shopping For University

As of today it is officially one week till I move. I know I talk about it a lot but it is a massive step in my life so I guess you’ll all just have to put up with it! I promise I’ll stop after I’ve done the whole HEY MTV WELCOME TO MY CRIB style room tour…

Anyway, seeing as it had been a while since my last university ‘advice’ post I thought it was about time I did another – this time on the wonderful world of shopping – with a few bits and pieces that I’ve found useful. When I first got my place at Robert Gordon I sat and wrote a very long list (lists are your friend – seriously) of all of the things I thought I’d need to pack, buy or find about the house. Moving is exciting, but it’s also very stressful.

It’s important to consider what is essential. For example, in my halls we aren’t provided with bedding, which I would say is pretty essential. On the other hand, we also aren’t provided with a toaster, and while it is handy to have it is not necessarily essential as y’know, you can make toast on the grill. Another thing that is important to consider is what will be shared between the flat. In our flat we won’t get a kettle however my flatmates and I have all decided that we will wait until we are all up there together and just chip in to get a kettle to share instead of us ending up with seven kettles. No one needs seven kettles. I do have a little travel kettle but it was just a cheap thing that I’m planning on keeping in my room for those sneaky midnight cuppas so that I don’t end up disturbing my flatmates/having to move too much…

One of my biggest rookie mistakes came with the bedding. The website for my halls claimed the beds were single, but on closer inspection a tiny little asterisk revealed that they were actually a small double. At this point I’d already bought a lovely selection of pretty duvet covers, a duvet itself, sheets and a mattress protector that were all intended for single beds. Cue my distress when I couldn’t get the sheets I had in a double size (don’t worry I’ve found more pretty ones!) and having to buy a whole new set of bed linen, duvets etc. Always check thoroughly what size of bed you will have, and also what is & isn’t already provided for you, to save any added expense. A quick Google search may come in very handy!

Something that’s been important for me has been adding a personal touch to my room. It’s not the most luxurious accommodation ever but it will be my new home from home so I want it to feel that way! In the past few months I’ve been collecting lots of bits and pieces such as photos, posters, fairy lights and pretty bunting to add a few extra touches to my room to make it feel a bit more me. It’s important to note that not all halls will allow fairy lights and definitely no candles. Also some halls may be very picky about putting things on the wall but the majority tend to give you some sort of pin board to go crazy on.

I’m so worried in case I’ve forgotten something but I’m pretty sure I’m all sorted. This is going to be one crazy week. I have two more university posts planned, one about actually moving for university and another about my freshers week experience – both of which will be up after I’ve actually experienced them!

Do you have any university shopping tips to share?