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    I was just wondering if anyone is in the process of buying things for when they start uni in September. I was thinking about waiting until I get my results or is that too late?
    And if you have started buying things, what have you got?

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    Hey,

    I'm just going into my 4th year and I wouldn't worry too much about buying a lot before you go. Just take the essentials because you can buy everything else when you arrive and the nearest supermarket might even have offers on home stuff for students.

    Definitely take bedding, cutlery, plates and bowls etc, a couple of pans if you aren't catered though. Basically anything you will really need in the first few days. If you see great offers on things like stationary then go for it but otherwise don't worry. I made the mistake of buying everything off my reading list in my first year. Now I borrow everything I possibly can from the library.
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    I've bought loads, I'm so excited So far:
    plates, bowls, side plates-red
    Mattress topper
    Flexi tub
    Food storage containers
    Spatula, Large spoon thing with holes
    Cheese grater
    Two reallysharp knives/:
    Giant bottle of fairy
    Microfiber cloths
    Jug
    Plastic wine glasses
    Bed sheet and cover
    Printer and spare ink
    Washing scrubby thingie
    A few shower creams and gels
    Baking tray
    Frying pan-red
    Tea bags

    I still have lots more to get, if youre im self catered it can get expensive, unless you go to wilkos or the £1 shop But in my experience wilkos things tend to break really easy or dont work :mad:

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    wilkos when u get there
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    I've got a folder, a tea bag tin, a cooking dish and a duvet I'm currently just buying stuff as I see it, but after results and know whether I get in, the shopping will begin!
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    I'm waiting until after results day, I don't want to be disappointed.
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    I've started thinking about it, My parents have spares of quite a lot of thing (plate, bowls, cutlery etc) so I already have some things. I'm going to buy later (late August) just because im really good at losing things, so dn't want to lose all my stationery before I begin!
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    I'm waiting to buy stationery until I get my results
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    I'm waiting to buy everything until I get my results haha, it might be a bit more rushed but it'd just be so tragic if I ended up having to retake with a bedroom full of my uni stuff
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    I've just started buying stuff ready for University so I'm not suddenly spending £2,000+ 2 weeks before I go.

    I've got:
    - DAB Radio/Alarm Clock,
    - Shoulder Uni Bag,
    - USB Stick,
    - Toiletries
    And ordering my Macbook Pro next week
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    Not yet, I'll be buying a laptop soon

    I don't think there's that much to buy though. I know I'll need to buy some new clothes, stationary, bedding, some cutlery.




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    I'm lucky in the sense that i moved out on my own for a year so i basically have most things i need already.
    I can give you a few tips though.
    1, ask around family, friends etc as they will probably have spare items that you can have.
    2, car boots are amazing, but only if you can haggle
    3, freegle and freecycle are also great especially if you fancy getting thrifty
    4, shops such as poundland, home bargains, b&m, wilkos and ikea will be your best bet
    5, finally splash out and buy some new fun things to make it feel like home, for example i brought some liquorice all sorts style duvet covers.
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    Guys, I really wouldn't buy stuff like washing up liquid or washing powder or stationary until you get there. It just takes up more room in your packing and is more to carry into your new place. There are shops at uni you know!
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    In Marks and Spencers they have loads of crockery (plates, dishes etc) for £1 each. I managed to get 2 dishes, 2 large plates, 2 side plates and a cup for £7 and the best thing is, they're in loads of different colours (i got green )
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    I haven't properly started, however I will probably buy most non-essential items once I arrive.

    My current windows laptop is 4-5 years old now, so I have been looking into replacing that with either a Macbook Pro or potentially a Macbook Air. However, there is a very high chance that Apple will release new notebook models in October so I'm siding with wait until October for now. My current laptop isn't the most portable, however it still has higher specs than a lot of windows laptops being sold today due to it being top of the range at the time.

    If you are considering buying an Apple computer for university I strongly recommend you wait until October as Apple are overdue to release new models.
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    Just a backpack so far. I still have a fair bit of stationery unused from college.

    If anybody is going for a macbook or surface pro. I'd advise you to wait until you have your uni email account, as then you will get them both at discounted student prices.

    The same for pretty much everything else. Get an NUS Extra card, for extra discounts. However if you see things at bargain prices in the meantime dive in..
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    (Original post by MrEFeynman)
    Just a backpack so far. I still have a fair bit of stationery unused from college.

    If anybody is going for a macbook or windows pro. I'd advise you to wait until you have your uni email account, as then you will get them both at discounted student prices.

    The same for pretty much everything else. Get an NUS Extra card, for extra discounts. However if you see things at bargain prices in the meantime dive in..
    You don't need an academic email address to get Apple education pricing, simply proof of your acceptance and intention to go to university.
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    (Original post by shaunthing)
    You don't need an academic email address to get Apple education pricing, simply proof of your acceptance and intention to go to university.
    Hi -is apple education pricing the cheapest way to buy a mac? Are there any discounts jf one buys an iphone with a mac?Also, I am a bit nervous about compatibility of a mac. Does one face any problems while opening mac files on a pc and vice verca?
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    I'm waiting till results day. I think by then a lot of places will start having offers too.
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    (Original post by sonia23)
    Hi -is apple education pricing the cheapest way to buy a mac? Are there any discounts jf one buys an iphone with a mac?Also, I am a bit nervous about compatibility of a mac. Does one face any problems while opening mac files on a pc and vice verca?
    I am relatively new to Mac, however I have had experience using them in the past. The vast majority of day-to-day programs on Windows are also available for Mac, such as Microsoft Office, Excel etc and have full compatibility.

    I'm 99% sure you won't face any issues, but on the off chance that you do, there are (usually better) Mac alternatives to programs designed for Windows. It used to be the case that specialist software was either only available for Mac or PC, however Apple computers are able to simultaneously run Windows as well as Mac OS and differences have narrowed, so you will never be stuck - however this is seriously unlikely to happen, especially nowadays!

    Remember, Apple design the operating system to work flawlessly with the hardware and is therefore able to focus on certain features and specialities, however Windows takes a bit of a 'one size fits all' approach which inevitably results in software and hardware instability down the line. Windows operating systems are also much more vulnerable to viruses and hacking attempts, as well as being very demanding on RAM (active memory) as it comprises of layers and layers of irrelevant and out of date code slapped on top of one another. This isn't to say that Windows is useless, but as with most things you get what you pay for. In my opinion it's worth it and you will see and feel a massive difference.

    I believe Apple education pricing is the best route, however sites like Amazon often sell products for less (not the same discount as education pricing) and Apple have been known to offer 'Black Friday' discounts. Education pricing is the way to go!

    It's best to speak with Apple directly if you plan on buying multiple products, however you won't get as much discount off an iPhone as you would for a Mac.

    Don't worry about the leap. A car is a car. A computer is a computer. Yes there are differences, however the key components and methods of use remain the same. If anything, Mac is actually easier and simpler to use - by a mile!

    *woah* You'd think I'm a salesperson for Apple or something
 
 
 
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