What to take to Uni

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Well, it’s that time of year again when teenagers across the country begin that mad search online to figure out what to take to university. If you’re anything like I was, you won’t care about the practical stuff like pots and pans, you’ll be as excited as I was about going stationery shopping!

So before you begin to panic, I’ve made a brief list of my uni stationery essentials. Feel free to add anything I might’ve missed in the comments below!

  • Notebooks or file blocks. You’ve no idea how much paper you’ll go through between notes in lectures, revision notes, and making that all important shopping list to keep you within your budget.
  • Comfortable pens. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be writing a lot of notes at a fast pace and so pens that are comfy in your hands are a must. Of course this doesn’t mean they can’t be cute!
  • Colouring pens/pencils can be useful for your revision notes, and they’re also great for the anti-stress colouring books you can get everywhere now.
  • Something to hold all these in. I personally used an old makeup bag, but just because you aren’t in primary school anymore doesn’t mean you can’t get a cute fluffy pencil case!
  • A usb stick or external hard drive. Whatever intranet system your university uses, you’ll want to have somewhere to store past papers and your lectures for easy access. I got a great external hard drive (2TB) from Amazon during some of their sales, but remember to shop around as often you can get great cheap stuff at the beginning of September.
  • Ring binders. I used one per subject as in Scotland we take 3 subjects for the first 2 years. A lot of people would recommend one per module or at least one per semester as there is a lot of information covered. Saying this, you may want dividers, I chose to just use post it notes. Which reminds me!
  • Post it notes are your new best friends. They work for everything.
  • A planner of some kind. I tried both the Palgrave student planner and the Pearson student planner, however I found a simple calendar worked for first year deadlines. Second year I invested in a magnetic whiteboard that I could write everything on!A magnetic white board of a weekly planner
  • Highlighters are helpful, even if it’s just for highlighting key dates in your planner.
  • Drawing pins. The likelihood is your student accommodation will have a cork board of some kind so these are great for making it feel a little more homely.
  • Washi tape. Again, your student accommodation probably won’t let you hang things with blutac or pins as these can leave marks and cost you your deposit. If you’ve never used washi tape before, it’s like fancy duct tape that looks really pretty and doesn’t leave any marks.

Have I forgotten anything important? Or is there something you actually think isn’t important? Let me know below! And good luck for university!


Ktkinnes xx

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