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What to take to Uni: 5 things you need to buy before starting university

Students laughing and talking in the kitchen

If you’re going away to university, the chances are that it is your first time moving away from home. This can be overwhelming and many students find themselves over-packing, cramming their already-tight living space with unnecessary appliances, documents and more.

So if you’re busy packing for your first taste of life away from home, here are the 5 most useful things that may not be on your uni packing list:

1. A laundry hamper (with handles)

Storm trooper putting laundry in the washing machine

You might get away with a fancy, wicker laundry basket at home, but when you’ve got to carry all of your dirty clothes to the on-site laundrette, you might want something a bit sturdier like this collapsible laundry basket from Amazon.

Alternatively, if you’re really organised, you could buy a laundry bag to separate the darks, lights and colours in your ever-growing laundry pile!

2. Tupperware

Lots of tupperware falling out of a cupboard onto a woman

Uni life is busy and it can be expensive, so many students opt to make their own meals in batches. Whether you’ve cooked 3 days’ worth of pasta or just want to keep some leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch, a good Tupperware bundle like this one will meet all of your food storage needs.

If you’re looking for something of a little higher quality, you could upgrade to these glass meal prep containers, which we’re certain will make all of your new flatmates envious.

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3. A reusable coffee cup

A woman shouting 'where's my coffee'

Whether it’s to wake you up for that 9am lecture or to get you through a late night at the library, coffee is often a student’s best friend – but daily trips to your local café don’t come cheap, so you’d be wise to invest in a reusable coffee cup.

They come in a range of different colours and patterns, plus it’ll keep your drink hot for longer and is much better for the environment than a single-use cup!

Bob’s Tip: Take your own reusable cup to your local café (including Costa, Starbucks, etc.) - they’ll fill it up for you and might even take some money off your bill, making it a must for your university checklist.

4. Cutlery

An animated character with knives and forks in his hands

Depending on where you’re staying, you may have basic cutlery provided for you – but if not, it is certainly something you should buy before you move in. You may want to buy a cheaper Amazon cutlery set for your first year, as things will inevitably go missing in a shared kitchen, or perhaps pay a little extra to get a set which you’ll be able to distinguish from others.

5. Ear plugs

Winnie the pooh getting ready for bed

At university, sleeping patterns generally go out of the window. Whether you’re getting in at 4am and snoozing until mid-afternoon or taking the night off to get some much-needed sleep, you can pick up a good pair of ear plugs for less than a fiver.

Amazon Prime Student – 6 month trial

If you haven’t done so already, you can get a free 6 month trial for Amazon Prime for Students to help kick-start your new uni life.

Get access to free next day delivery slots, Amazon Prime Music and Amazon Prime Video as well as a host of exclusive offers – just sign up with your university email address to get your free 6 month trial!

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