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    How essential is having your own laptop for uni?

    My birthday is in September, so I'm basically going to ask for a load of useful stuff for uni - boring I know, but it'll save me money.

    Laptop? And dongle? Although don't some unis provide internet to the halls?

    Clothes vouchers - i'll take some old clothes, but I hardly ever go shopping, so it'll be nice to have a nice new wardrobe. Especially as I'm aiming to lose weight before uni.

    I'll actually ask for shower kits ie shower gel/moisturiser/shampoo etc ! I always get them but end up giving half of them away as I can't use them all before I get knew ones for the next xmas/birthday.
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    A decent laptop is almost essential for Uni study. Not just study like working in the Library but also just checking emails etc in coffee shops/lunchtime etc. Get one that is light and robust enough to carry about in a backpack. Yes, you'll have internet access in Halls and around the Uni, but there will only be a limited supply of desktop PCs and competition for these gets intense around deadlines/exams etc

    A big memory stick (ie. 8mb or above) is useful too, although you will have a folder allocation on the main Uni website to back everything up on. Also a very cheap, simple basic printer might be useful for times when you want to print stuff out at midnight.

    Dont ask for books or book tokens. You will actually buy *very* few books at Uni because you will have access to 1000s of library books in specialist libraries and there is no point in buying books you only need to read once.

    Clothes - yes, gift cards will be useful. This avoids you having to drag lots of 'old' clothes to Uni and having the freedom to buy new stuff once you are there (and see what others are wearing!). A couple of pairs of good, comfortable 'everyday' shoes are also worth buying/getting before you get there - dont compromise on cheap ones, as they wont last and wont be waterproof for long.

    Other useful stuff would be a a good 'book bag' for daily use (big, comfortable on your shoulder, weather proof, easy to open in a hurry), good suitcase/travel bag (on wheels) and a warm jacket for the winter. If you will be living in Halls dont waste time/money getting kitchen equipment - you wont need it until you move off campus.

    Other giftcards to ask for - M&S, Waitrose (great food treats!), Rymans, Paperchase, Boots, Superdrug etc.
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    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    A decent laptop is almost essential for Uni study. Not just study like working in the Library but also just checking emails etc in coffee shops/lunchtime etc. Get one that is light and robust enough to carry about in a backpack. Yes, you'll have internet access in Halls and around the Uni, but there will only be a limited supply of desktop PCs and competition for these gets intense around deadlines/exams etc
    So to supplement this, you don't need a dongle!
    For portability, I'd try not to go above a 14 inch screen, though some of the new 15 inch laptops are very slim. I just bought myself the Sony E-series 14-inch laptop, and I think it's wonderful size-wise.
    If you're worried about the screen being too small for mega essay sessions, look into getting a second-hand, bigger, monitor that you can use as well. Portability of the laptop, and easy on the eyes when you're at your desk, perfect! (though check what is provided in your halls room, I have a monitor provided)

    A big memory stick (ie. 8mb or above) is useful too, although you will have a folder allocation on the main Uni website to back everything up on. Also a very cheap, simple basic printer might be useful for times when you want to print stuff out at midnight.
    You mean 8GB, I think
    I have a 4GB one and it's more than enough, to be honest.
    I'd advising waiting until you get to uni to buy a printer - though have the money set aside ready to hit 'order' on Amazon! I was in two minds about getting one and it turns out two of my flatmates have them, so I can print using theirs and buy them drinks in payment

    Dont ask for books or book tokens. You will actually buy *very* few books at Uni because you will have access to 1000s of library books in specialist libraries and there is no point in buying books you only need to read once.
    This depends on your course, and how far your halls are from the library. It can be very useful having a copy of a few core texts - for me that's a dictionary of key concepts in politics, and a core economics textbook that I would class as essential. If you're quite far from the library and it doesn't do e-books then it might be worth having a couple of other books too.

    Clothes - yes, gift cards will be useful. This avoids you having to drag lots of 'old' clothes to Uni and having the freedom to buy new stuff once you are there (and see what others are wearing!). A couple of pairs of good, comfortable 'everyday' shoes are also worth buying/getting before you get there - dont compromise on cheap ones, as they wont last and wont be waterproof for long.
    I totally agree with this A couple of pairs of good jeans are worth buying before you get there, though - blue and dark blue/black (slightly less casual so good for bar in the evening etc or when you want to be slightly dressier) as they can take time to find. If you haven't already found 'your' jeans shop, I recommend Next as they seem to suit lots of different shapes. They're also quite reasonably priced - though if you're umming and ahhing about size, get the size down as they do stretch quite a bit.

    Other useful stuff would be a a good 'book bag' for daily use (big, comfortable on your shoulder, weather proof, easy to open in a hurry), good suitcase/travel bag (on wheels) and a warm jacket for the winter. If you will be living in Halls dont waste time/money getting kitchen equipment - you wont need it until you move off campus.
    To combat this, if you're in self-catering Halls you will need kitchen equipment! Check out the summer sales for crockery, I got a really cute set from Sainsbury's with chickens on for about £16 half-price, so little more than the basic ones, and easy to tell apart from my flatmates' crockery.
    If you think you'll be carrying your laptop around I'd recommend a rucksack - and a skin for your laptop itself! Jansport do quite fun ones, look on Amazon I had the Big Student for Sixth Form and it's enormous, maybe the Superbreak?
    Hats and scarves are always useful, and I use them to change outfits up all the time.

    Other giftcards to ask for - M&S, Waitrose (great food treats!), Rymans, Paperchase, Boots, Superdrug etc.
    I'd check whether these shops are in your uni town before asking for the giftcards - especially if it's in a smaller town - and see if they're actually in relevant bits of town.
    Sainsbury's do a two-part giftcard where one half can be topped up by the other - I think it's called a Meal ticket. That can be good to ask for because it's then an easy way of transferring funds.
    For example, a relative gave my parents a cheque for Christmas which, within it, has £20 for me - so my mum will put those £20 on my Sainsbury's meal ticket.
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    (Original post by Clare~Bear)
    How essential is having your own laptop for uni?

    My birthday is in September, so I'm basically going to ask for a load of useful stuff for uni - boring I know, but it'll save me money.

    Laptop? And dongle? Although don't some unis provide internet to the halls?

    Clothes vouchers - i'll take some old clothes, but I hardly ever go shopping, so it'll be nice to have a nice new wardrobe. Especially as I'm aiming to lose weight before uni.

    I'll actually ask for shower kits ie shower gel/moisturiser/shampoo etc ! I always get them but end up giving half of them away as I can't use them all before I get knew ones for the next xmas/birthday.
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    You will need a laptop / desktop.

    Check with your uni choices, but I would be surprised if they don't provide internet.
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    Another possibility (given that you are trying to loose weight) is for all your relatives to contribute to a 'gym fund' to pay for your sports/gym membership pass at Uni.

    For instance at Uni of Bristol, you can pay for a year's m'ship that includes exercise classes, pool etc for £150 for 12 months or a 3 or 4 year membership for £450.

    Or, depending on where you are living, check out student memberships at the local public pool/gym - again you can usually get an annual pass that works out cheaper than paying for each visit.
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    laptop yes yes yes! n ask about the internet before getting a dongle, otherwise youre just wasting money
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    You need a wooden spoon and a chopping board (at least one, preferably two - one for veg, one for meat).
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    Ultimately what you need really depends on a) your uni, b) your course, c) your halls of residence - catered/self catered/en suite/shared bathroom etc, and d) personal experience - what works for one person might not work for someone else.
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    clothes, a decent laptop, a relatively big memory stick (2gb has been fine for me), slippers are a must...

    Other things: I get my parents to buy me some 'staple' foods each semester - things that don't go off like tinned tomatoes, beans, noodles, pasta, tinned peaches etc.
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    A computer of some kind is essential, and a laptop is probably preferable to a desktop. All halls will provide internet, and all universities will have some kind of wifi on site, so a dongle isn't, unless you really want one. Unless you're doing an art course, 2gb will probably be sufficient for a memory stick- but an external harddrive is really useful to back up all your work on.

    If you're going to be living away from home, don't forget kitchen equiptment, saucepans, frying pans and baking trays can be quite expensive. Perhaps gift cards for somewhere like debenhams, where you could get some household goods, and spend anything left over on clothes?
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    A laptop is a must have. If you can also a tablet.
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    Do people take desktop PC's? I really don't want to leave mine at home if I can help it
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    (Original post by hanz1234)
    Do people take desktop PC's? I really don't want to leave mine at home if I can help it
    Yes they do, my flatmate has one. I've just got my laptop converted into a desktop (seperate keyboard and mouse with screen on a stand) as its much easier for long study sessions! I have a tablet which I take to campus. I hand write lectures but use my Ipad (or any other tablet device :P) for scheduling, checking email, general internet use when no computers available. Dropbox is your best friend. You will have internet in the majority of halls (but may be wired or wireless) and on campus you usually have wi-fi available.

    Essentials: Laptop, bedding (check sizes of beds and whats provided (I know here a single sheet will not fit a single bed because the mattresses are longer), crockery and cutlery in a funky colour or painted with some nail varnish so you can distinguish from the flat, frying pan (cheap ones are rubbish, its the only item I would say to spend money on), saucepans, grater, glasses and mugs, washing up stuff, door stop for the first week. Oh and some board pins as most rooms have cork boards. Oh and some plastic tubs so you can bulk cook and freeze stuff. If you like partying, a pair of squish-able flats are essential for the walk home.

    If you can, I would say: SLIPPERS, a little blanket for late nights when the heating is off but you are still working, 2 towels to rotate, a washing basket/bag, suitcase for going home, staple foods for the cupboard, sharp knives, a glass dish for pasta bakes, some DVD's for being social, a kitchen scale and mixing bowl (never know when you might want to bake!), lots of lined paper, ringbinders, pens, pencils, colours, HIGHLIGHTERS and some A3 card/paper for revision, printer (so useful).

    Iron's are sometimes provided or someone will have one.

    Hoovers will be provided in most places if a cleaning service is not offered.

    Calculator always comes in handy.

    I wouldn't buy any books until you are there. You will soon find out the core books and ones you just need a few pages from. You will also be able to see where the library is and how many copies are available. I think I purchased 5 core books throughout my 4 years here with about 9 for my dissertation. Most of what I need is in the library.

    On the subject of vouchers I would say an Amazon voucher is a good bet as you can buy most stuff off amazon. Supermarket vouchers are good (but find out what supermarkets are near to the halls first) and clothes vouchers always come in handy!

    Oh, and make sure you have some pain killers and flu remedy at the start so if you get the freshers flu you are supplied And a box of plasters is pretty good. I once cellotaped my finger when I had a paper cut due to not having any plasters!

    I don't know what you study, but check what is needed for the course. So for Art you may need materials, geography needs clothing suitable for fieldtrips, sciences may want a lab coat and goggles etc.
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    Is a laptop vital?

    I was thinking of just bringing my pc and having it in my room :eek4:
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    If you already have a desktop, that's fine - but if you're getting a new computer, I'd go for a laptop. Just think through how you're getting to/from uni in the holidays etc and whether you need to take your computer with you.
 
 
 
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