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I wish I was!!! I guess I'll get a few new things as I tend to get some new stuff for autumn time anyway, but i'm not going to go crazy getting things especially for uni.. Besides, as soon as I get to london i know I'll go crazy with the shopping, best to save any clothes budget for then!!
I'm doing it the other way round - I'm hoping that if I buy most of my clothes BEFORE I go, I can convince the Royal Bank of Mum that I really need this stuff, and hoping that maybe I will get a contribution. Unlikely, but worth a try!
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With all that stuff, I would would strongly suggest that you invest in some extension cables.

This year, had it not been for my extension cables, I would have had 4 plug sockets to run my PC (2 plugs needed - Monitor & Tower), Printer, HiFi, TV and DVD Player off. Not good !
Yeah i shall remember these
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I was in dingles with my mum today just browsing through the plates and stuff, and came across some nice stuff at 70% off!! So I've bought 3 dinner plates, side plates, and bowls, all for about £12!! That's all I intend to get until after results though, just in case it all goes wrong..!

I've also kind of upgraded to a student account, all I need to do is take in confirmation of my place once I've got my results..

And written my list of places to look for first in clearing

What about everyone else ? Is anyone really sorted already?!
I brought a ruler.
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I brought a ruler.
always important
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I've also used Uni as an excuse for new clothes having done much else really. Don't want to jinx it
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I'm surprised at how many intelligent people there are on here worried about jinxing stuff!! I'm pretty sure that if my exam results are awful or if for whatever reason, I don't get into uni - it won't be because I bought a couple of bowls before I knew for sure!!
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here is a list of things recommended by studential.com

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Documents

Passport Photos – you will need lots for registration and membership cards (at least four)
Passport Or Driving Licence
Nhs Number
National Insurance Number
CV/ references or phone numbers - for that essential part time job
Discount travel cards
Bank account details
Address book/ email contact list – to keep in touch with friends
Local map
What’s on guide
Old text books / notes
List of phone numbers – in case you loose your mobile phone
Loan form (what’s the proper name for this) and other university documents

Kitchen

A lot of the kitchen stuff will depend if you're going self catering or not.
Corkscrew
Wine glasses - drinking wine out of a cup is not nice
Bottle opener
shot glasses
Cutlery
Plates - dinner and tea plate
breakfast bowl
Mugs
Drinking glasses
Washing-up liquid / Dishcloth / Scrubbing brush
Scissors
Tin opener
Easy to follow recipe book
Can opener
sandwich bags
one-person casserole dish
plastic bowl or box with lid
small frying or omelette pan
1 small, 1 large saucepan with lids
Fryingpan
chopping knife
Chopping board
Vegetable peeler
Breadknife
wooden spoon
egg cup
tea towel
Store cupboard ingredients - coffee, tea, milk, sugar, eggs, margarine, cooking oil, salt and pepper
Microwaveable bowl
Sandwitch bags - good for lots of stuff you open and need to contain. e.g. sugar / teabags and things
Cling film
Coffee whitener - for when you run out of milk
Oven gloves
Tray - For carrying food to your room

Studying

Desk lamp – Halogen
Notice board - for timetables, numbers, etc. Some halls may already provide one.A4 folders
Scissors
Sticky tape
Pens, pencils, paper, files, highlighters
White Tac – so it doesn’t mark the walls
Stapler, hole punch
Sticky labels
Post-it notes
Ream of printing paper
Book chair - saves a lot of neck strain if you are making notes out of a big book]
Diary / Planner - to keep track of assignments


Outdoor

Sports gear
Bike
Raincoat
Umbrella

Healthcare

Multivitamins
Painkillers
Condoms
Basic first aid kit - plasters, antiseptic wipes, bandages
Paracetamol
Some cold/flu remedy incase you are struck down by freshers' flu

Bathroom

Bath mat
Bath and hand towels
Dressing gown
Wash bag
A cold/hot pack
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Soap
Showergel
Shampoo
Toilet roll
Box of tissues
Nail clippers
Deodorant!
cologne
hair gel

Housekeeping

Febreze - To stop clothes / fabric getting to smelly
Laundry bag - So your dirty clothes don't end up on the floor. And for dragging to the laundrette
Clothes horse – Save money on dryers by drying your clothes in your room
Dustpan and brush - for cleaning up the odd mess, though most unis should provide this
Door wedge – an open door in freshers week is much more friendly
Washing powder / liquid / tablets - If the washing powder dispenser isn't working
Hand washing liquid
Duster
Kitchen towel
Cif cleaning products
Coat hangers – you may not get any in wardrobes

Electrical

Computer mouse for laptop – easier to use than a trackpad
Network cable – to access the internet from the socket in your room
Mobile and charger
Alarm clock (maybe 2 in two different locations in your roomto make sure lectures are at least attempted, even if you carry on sleeping there!)
Multi plug adaptor / extension lead – to give you more than the normal 2/4 sockets
Calculator – for sorting out finances
Computer – saves on queues at deadline time
Floppy disks(diskettes) and CDR’s(CDRW's cheaper in long run) – for backing up work
"pen drive" - carrying projects etc between uni, internet cafe, friends comp,etc quickly, easily and RELIABLY!
Mini fridge – for beer and other items you don’t want in the communal fridge
Answering machine
Bedside lamp
CD player / Hifi system
TV
Camera - To take pictures of room and friends(to send home/put on website/everything else people do with photos)
Batteries

Clothing

Slippers
Flip flops – for wearing in showers / communal wash areas
Towels
Hot water bottle
Ball gowns/ Eveningwear – for the Freshers’ Ball.

Leisure

Board games - a couple, will make a good fun free evening
Pack of cards

Style

A throw - to make your bed into a sofa for friends to sit on
Posters – though theses are often available during freshers week
Photos of family and friends
Wall hanging – more homely than posters
Rugs – to hide the mangy carpet
Fairylights / disco ball / police light / lava lamp
Pot plants
Teddy bear / Stuffed toys
Cushions / Beanbags - for friends to sit down in your room

Bedding

Pillow & pillow case
Mattress cover – goes between the mattress and the bottom sheet
Duvet
Sheets
Hot water bottle

Miscellaneous

Alcohol – to make new friends with
Sweets or biscuits – to distribute to flatmates
Extra storage – cardboard or plastic boxes for things which wont fit anywhere else
Large suitcase – to put things in when going home for the weekend
Stamps and envelopes
A spare lightbulb
Loose change – for washing / vending machines
Earplugs - to cut out noise you don't want to hear
Phonecard - to phone home on payphones and for cheap national calls
Torch - for power cuts
Room insurance
Pen knife
Bookends
Poster hangers - if you're not allowed bluetac on the walls
Inflatable mattress and pump ( for your mates when they visit)
sleeping bag

Don't bother with

Iron
Toaster
Sandwich maker
Kettle
And all things that everyone gets, so if you're in flats rather than halls, you may want to wait and see if you really need to splash out when you could just borrow your flatmate's.
Nice kitchen stuff - it will get used then left on the side to rot/rust
Candles – serious fire hazard
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well if i get my 1st choice then i'm going to london whioch is very expensive. so i've got myself a part time job at a sports store selling trainers. the job should become full time in a few weeks when it gets busier due to all the kids being on summer holiday. uits also good work experience. so i should be able to save between £1000-1500 before uni. but the job is flexible so i can work there again when i come bakc during easter and xmas so i should be able to get £200-400 then aswell.

i've also kinda started a stundent bank account which i need to upgrade once i get my results

clothes-wise i'm ok cos i have a lot/enough. but if my mate works in a clothes stor aswell i should be able to get an employee discount.

plates and stuff i should be able to find in my aunt's room cos she stuffed them there after she finished uni


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What Bank? I was told by Halifax that I couldn't upgrade my account, I'd have to open a new one in September. But then I talked to another member of staff the week before who said I could just upgrade it now.

I guess it doesn't matter that much, I can just close the old one if I need to.

Other than that, I have done sod all, apart from apply for a loan. I even got a nagging letter from Cambridge this morning because I still haven't sent them the stuff they needed for matriculation (which they asked for in march - oops!). Will get to that now the exams are over.
uh oh.....what stuff do they need for matriculation? is it the same for graduate students?? i'm not going to tell anyone when i first get there that im a grad. just relive my first year all over again (actually not a good idea as my masters is only a year long)
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i'm not going to tell anyone when i first get there that im a grad. just relive my first year all over again (actually not a good idea as my masters is only a year long)
No!!!! Relive the glory of being unable to walk for weeks on end!!!
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(Original post by eternalsunshine)
I'm surprised at how many intelligent people there are on here worried about jinxing stuff!! I'm pretty sure that if my exam results are awful or if for whatever reason, I don't get into uni - it won't be because I bought a couple of bowls before I knew for sure!!
lol.. my post wasn't meant to be read seriously. I guess some things get lost in text.
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Am I the only one not undertaking a huge wardrobe revamp for uni?!? :confused:...lol....the only clothing I am going to be forced into buying is a new cap because I gave my favorite one to a friend yesterday. :rolleyes:

the only item of clothing that i still have from my pre uni days are my socks. i dont know how or why but i have bought an entire new me...even down to the underware.

love Katy ***
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I found a cool beer fridge!! ...have yet to buy it :rolleyes:
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here is a list of things recommended by studential.com


Kitchen

A lot of the kitchen stuff will depend if you're going self catering or not.
Corkscrew
Wine glasses - drinking wine out of a cup is not nice
Bottle opener
shot glasses
Cutlery
Plates - dinner and tea plate
breakfast bowl
Mugs
Drinking glasses
Washing-up liquid / Dishcloth / Scrubbing brush
Scissors
Tin opener
Easy to follow recipe book
Can opener
sandwich bags
one-person casserole dish
plastic bowl or box with lid
small frying or omelette pan
1 small, 1 large saucepan with lids
Fryingpan
chopping knife
Chopping board
Vegetable peeler
Breadknife
wooden spoon
egg cup
tea towel
Store cupboard ingredients - coffee, tea, milk, sugar, eggs, margarine, cooking oil, salt and pepper
Microwaveable bowl
Sandwitch bags - good for lots of stuff you open and need to contain. e.g. sugar / teabags and things
Cling film
Coffee whitener - for when you run out of milk
Oven gloves
Tray - For carrying food to your room
a) I'm 100% positive you will not have room for all this.
b) Why do you need a tin opener AND a can opener? Is there any difference between them?
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I think we need to bring a tin/can opener, as they won't provide one.
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ive bought i wok....and well thats about all ive done!
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a) I'm 100% positive you will not have room for all this.
b) Why do you need a tin opener AND a can opener? Is there any difference between them?
b) because I'm blind

a) I'm not suggestion you take everything on the list - more than this is a list of stuff you're likely to need or want at some point. I would suggest you take just the essentials and buy other stuff between you as a flat.

BTW you can fit most of the stuff above in one box - I did.
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the only item of clothing that i still have from my pre uni days are my socks. i dont know how or why but i have bought an entire new me...even down to the underware.

love Katy ***
I should probably invest in some more pulling pants of some description.
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a) I'm 100% positive you will not have room for all this.
I took all that and more, it's not as if they are all huge items..
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im planning a trip to Ikea - hopefully will be able to buy all items on the list for one pound! :cool:
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