What to bring with you
With all the excitement of moving to a new city and starting university it’s easy to forget some of the hundreds of things that you will need. Our students have come up with a list of most important items they think every student needs in their room.
Top tip: Before you start packing make a list of absolutely everything you use in an entire week – start Monday morning when you wake up and keep writing down everything you use, from toothbrushes to toilet cleaner to wooden spoons to coat hangers, make sure you include everything (including things your parents use if you don’t do everything yourself).
This will make it so much easier when you come to writing a shopping list and a packing list. Basically, make sure you bring everything you need – don’t over-pack, because it will be a nightmare come the end of the year when you have to take it all out again.
Jessica Louise & Lauren Jepson – University of Lincoln Students
- Everyday clothes (for lectures, the library etc)
- Pyjamas, dressing gown and slippers
- Night out clothes
- Smart clothes (for careers events or interviews)
- Sports/gym clothes (in case you join a gym or take up a new sport)
- Fancy dress (uni nights out often include fun themes)
- Laptop and charger (if you don’t have your own, don’t worry! There are PCs and Macs you can use to do your uni work on campus and also laptops you can borrow from the library)
- Phone and charger
- Extension leads
- Hairdryer and/or straighteners
- Electric toothbrush and charger
- Speaker (non-essential but will be guaranteed to win over your flatmates)
- Battery powered Fairy lights (again, non-essential but will make your room cosy and homely)
- Plates x2
- Bowls x2
- Mugs x2
- Glasses x2
- Set of cutlery x2
- Wooden spoon
- Sharp knife x2
- Tin opener
- Frying pan
- Baking tray
- Chopping board
- Oven gloves
- Sponges and cloth
- Washing up liquid
- Student cookbook
What you might not think you’ll need…
The cost of washing and drying your clothes can quickly add up, so to help reduce this cost invest in a small clothes horse. Not only is this better for the environment you’ll also save a few pounds.
Quick tip: use a dryer after washing bed sheets and towels as these are too big to hang out to dry in a uni room
This is the one that is most forgotten! Buying a little shower caddy, particularly ones that can hook over your shower and ‘float’ is a must – it ensures you’ve got all your essentials in the shower without cluttering up the limited floor space.
Only get the the kitchen accessories you’ll personally use. Your flatmates won’t necessarily be up for sharing – especially straight away – and you will be happier with the freedom of being able to cook whenever you like without having to worry about washing up your flatmates’ pan.
This will include plates, bowls, mugs, cups, pans and maybe a spatula or two, but just enough for yourself mind (1 or 2).
What not to bring
As for things not to bring… different kitchen appliances that you will rarely use (rice cooker, toastie maker, etc.), an iron (just hang your clothes around- nobody has time to iron) also, don’t bring every single item of clothing you own (you will need some clothes when you go back home). Make sure to check what is and isn’t allowed in student accommodation as well, for example candles are strictly not allowed.
Jessica Louise & Lauren Jepson – University of Lincoln Students
Moving to uni
Making your room feel homely
As for your bedroom, lamps and/or fairy lights are great for relaxing in the evening and a big fluffy dressing gown to get cosy in when it’s cold can feel like a lifesaver! A whiteboard is an essential as it comes in very handy when revising or for writing daily reminders on. Coat hangers are also must and something that people commonly forget.
Living in University accommodation
Living on campus is convenient for getting into uni and a great way to meet new people. Courts is just one choice of university run accommodation blocks, with many more to choose from both on and off campus.
The Residential Wardens are a diverse team of current students, who support those living in University owned and Managed accommodation, as part of the University’s 24/7 support.
Living with others
Bonding with your flatmates
Sharing your flat with a group of strangers could feel very daunting and unfamiliar – AT FIRST.
Here are ideas for activities you can do together, to unite you everyone and bring you together as a group.
Harry Rofe – Media Studies graduate
1. Games night
2. Flat movie night
Everyone has a favourite film so why not take it in turns to share yours with your flatmates? Grabbing your go to snacks and watching a good (or very bad) movie allows those who are quiet and less social to get involved too, but it also opens up the conversation afterwards (or during if you’re one of those people!)
3. Group meals once or twice a week
4. Bake off!
Nothing brings people together like friendly competition. An easy way to do this is to pick a bake-off day and then one person each week takes their turn to bake. The bakes are then scored and the highest scored wins. This could also coincide with The Great British Bake Off on TV because nothing’s better than having a snack while you watch!
5. Get creative
6. Explore Lincoln
There is so much to discover in and around this beautiful city. If history and heritage is your thing (or even if it isn’t) be sure to check out the Cathedral, Castle and The Collection. If nature and walks are more your thing then the West Common, Fossdyke Canal and Hartsholme Country Park are worth checking out.
7. Not a night out, but a night in!
Being a good housemate
This is essential knowledge for anyone going to University. For many students this is the first time you will be living away from your parents. No longer will dishes magically disappear from the sides, clothes won’t disappear off the floor by themselves anymore and miraculously end up clean and folded in your drawer. These are things that you will have to do yourself, especially if you want to be a good housemate.
Owen Liggins – 1st Year MChem Chemistry for Drug Discovery and Development
1. If you cook, make sure you clean!
2. Clean up other messes in general
Whether this be in the kitchen, the living room, the bedroom, or even unfortunately the bathroom. Make sure you clean up after yourself, whatever the circumstance. If you don’t have time to clean something, message your group chat and give them a heads up.
3. Having guests over
If you feel like someone isn’t pulling their weight in the house, don’t just judge them silently and let it become a bigger issue than it needs to be. Let them know that they aren’t doing enough to keep the house tidy and they will more than likely be apologetic and correct this.
5. Pay for your share
6. Don’t eat your housemates’ food
This should go without saying. If you haven’t bought it, don’t eat it. Nothing else to add here, just don’t eat or drink anyone else’s things.
7. Check up on your housemates
If you’re ever worried about one of your friends or housemates take a look at this guide: