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    Just curious about the things people didn't already have already and how much it all came to.

    Grill, toilet roll, books, air freshner.

    So far, I have towels (2x hand, bath towel & bath sheet, just under £40), pans (normal and a wok, £22), cutlery and bowls/mugs (£10), bedding (£20), first aid gear (£20, went for cheap paracetmol/plasters but things like burn and antisceptic cream are not cheap), academic gear (probably £10, refill pads/push-pins/diary). Spent about £15 on a couple of new t-shirts and some sandals (apparently corridor and kitchen floors aren't nice), and loads of money on new underwear (although not specifically for uni ).

    Everything else like 'niche' cutlery (tin-openers etc), plates, pens, files and decor were either given by relatives or I already own.

    I bought a minifridge to keep all my dairy products in (yoghurts, cheese, butter, milk) before going to uni. Bought a set of three pans, a 12 piece crockery set (4 bowls, 4 big plates, 4 side plates), a colander, a printer, a bottle opener, books, picture frames and a couple of new shirts. Everything else I already had. It didn't cost much actually which is always good!

    Around £300-£400 (excluding the laptop and bike):

    * New Laptop
    * Bicycle (after starting uni) + Accessories (Lock, Odometer, Pump...)
    * Bean Bag
    * Lava Lamp
    * Loads of stationary (spare pens, etc.) - Probably spent around £50 just on that
    * New Clothes, and shoes
    * A spare calculator
    * New Phone (Well, I did this because my previous phone was 2 years old)
    * USB Sticks (1x 16GB and one 4GB which I had from before)
    * Torch
    * Printer
    * Swiss Army knife (for whenever I'd need a screwdriver or bottle opener etc...)
    * Red Bull at whole sale price (A crate of 24 for when I have very little sleep)
    * New Shoulder bag
    * Throw Blanket
    * Rug (which was useless though)
    * A lot of snacks (Celebrations, Crisps, Chocolates, cans of coke...)
    * Enough spare shampoo, soap, shaving oil, aftershave, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc to last for the entire first year
    * Big Sports Direct Wall Clock
    * Desk Lamp (didn't use because it was available in my room)
    * Bedding accessories (Pillows, Bedsheets, Quilts, Covers...)

    Im glad I still have the list of items to take to uni, which I made in MS Excel. Can't believe so much of it was useless...

    I started making a list way before (October the year before I went to uni) and therefore managed to spend very little on all of the above. A lot of items were bought on special offers or from Lidl / Aldi where they come occasionally and are super cheap and decent quality

    I bought a laptop for university so far... that's about it.
    I have lists of what I need to buy, however, headed under 3 broad categories: Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

    I bought:

    A new duvet set
    A new lamp
    Some nice pillows
    One plate, one bowl, and 3 cups.
    2 towels

    and that's about it. I didn't see the need for all this extra crap people insist on bringing. Everyone in the flat brought about 6 pans each so I just borrowed theirs. I bought stuff I needed as and when I needed it. I spent about £70 maybe?

    I recommend everyone to go to Costco. its like an american store where they sell things in bulk really cheaply. Can get all your Uni stuff there. i plan to anyway. It gets rid of the middle men like tesco and morrisons so you save a lot.

    I actual own everything already which is one of the benefits of being a mature student.

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