Advice and tips for students.Watch
Ha! now all the robbers know where you hide it
I always used to use those big-ish plastic storage boxes - they're handy for transporting stuff anyway and they stack together out of the way once you've unpacked and when I was in the royal holloway prison cell (breezeblock walls anyone?) they doubled as a bedside table and a table for my TV to sit on in the one corner of the room that had a decent signal.
Thanks Bhaal for making it and everyone else for contributing to it!
(I'd give you rep...if I could)
Oooh and not forgetting 1/3 off price student rail card and the National Express student card which can both be bought around £20-30.
I would suggest not buying any cutlery/crockery before you get to uni. If you are sharing a kitchen with other students it is very likely that they will each bring 4 plates, 4 cups, 4 knives and forks...etc. And if you all do that you end up with loads and loads of stuff and not much room to put your food! Be prepared to buy cutlery + crockery though just in case all of you turn up thinking that everyone else will have stuff!
Also on the subject of boxes - the cardbaord fruit boxes from supermarkets are good, they're strong, stack, disposable and completely free!
One more thing I don't know if anyone's mentioned it but a door stop is essential - also a big sign with your name on to put on the front of your room during freshers week might be useful - though I haven't tried this one.
Do remember slippers as your feet get mightly cold if there is a fire alarm at 4am and you all have to pile outside! The same applies to trips to the kitchen with its cold lino for midnight snacks.
Don't go shopping with an empty stomach.
I'm having visions of someone carrying around an internal organ in a bag.
I prefer to use a wicker basket myself, but each to his own.
1. Try to meet as many people as possible. ie. Make good friends on those on your floor, but be on first name terms with everyone.
2. Get a bank account before going.
3. Get your parents to buy lots of food and drink for you to take.
4. Always have cash in bars, people hate freeloaders.
5. Above all, be yourself, when you are with people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, people get to see past and fakes.
6. Someone will walk in on someone else whilst in the shower, try to make sure (or not!) it's not you!
7. Do meals as a group, one of teh best times to chat.
8. Join some clubs, at least one.
9. Use protection
10. A duvet is great to take if you havent got one!
11. Remember that you have paid for it, therefore expect a good service from the uni.
more when i think of them!
Looking for crockery, very funky multicoloured crockery available for 50p per plate. Also due to very funky bright colours, nobody can nick it without your knowledge!
Stationary galore, get every colour pen, pencil...glue you can think of! They may not last long but if you play your cards right you can have just as much fun with a permanant marker than after £20 at the Union.
Random stuff like CD Racks (makes a very good toast rack), storage boxes...
it may not be gucci but check out your bank balance and you will kiss the proprietor and invite him for a cup of tea (from your lovely pound shop teapot...very useful thing) at your flat!
Make sure you have insurance (either a separate policy of included on your parents home insurance)
Mark all your valuable with those invisible pens postcode pens you can get.
I know this seem a bit extreme, but student housing is perfect for thieves, lots of people walking in and out, and if they break into a house they'll get 5 laptops, 5 playstations, 5 stereos etc.
Get a nice relative to send you food parcels of nice stuff. my gran keeps me going with flapjaks.
Don't assume that just because you live with someone you will get on with them. My block is really divided and at first it worried me but once you get out and start making friends in other parts of hall etc you don't care any more
Get a mini fridge... my comunal fridge is disgusting and has traces of bad milk form the last 6 months making a terrible smell. Also people tend to borrow/nick stuff especially things like milk, philidelphia, past sauce and its so annoying to go down to the fridge when your starving and find out that you have nothing left.
bring a different lamp shade. I didn't ever think about this but the lampshade i've got doesn't really project the light and my room is always really dim and i'm sure its skrewing up my eyes.
When you arrive don't worry that you've over packed.. you probably havn't unless you've got a really small room. I thought i was bad until i saw a girl turn up with a car and a van and she had her own full size fridge, microwave etc.