A Quick Checklist for University Freshers

A Quick Checklist for University Freshers
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The excitement and anxiety are mounting as the start of the new University term looms. To help you prepare for your first term we have prepared a check-list of things you will need to take.

  1. Clothes Don’t take too many! There will not be much storage space in the halls. But you will definitely need: • Fancy dress kit. Freshers love to dress up. • Some kind of formal wear – prom type dress for girls, black tie for boys (charity shops are a good source for these) • And a dressing gown and slippers for those late night fire drills. 2. Bedding A University hall bed is never as comfortable as yours at home so make sure you take: • A good duvet, changes of sheets x 2, your own pillow and a mattress topper • When choosing your duvet cover bear in mind that people will form first impressions of you based upon your bedroom, so best to leave the embarrassing ones behind… • A hot water bottle or electric blanket also helps if you are heading to the northern hemisphere. 3. Cheering up your room The cold welcome of a bare room in halls is sure to put even the most confident undergrad on edge so go prepared to make it feel more like home… • Bean bags are homely and people will plonk themselves in your room to chat rather than propping up the wall. • Rugs are great for covering up unsightly carpet stains and bare floorboards. It’s handy having a bedside rug – it makes the cold mornings less chilly when you leap out of bed. • Really important to remember to bring lights – a desk lamp and probably a bed side one too – fairy lights go along way to making a room look a bit more sparkly. • Buy a couple of plants to add something green and living. If you are guaranteed to kill them within the week stick to a cactus. 4. Things for the walls • Photos of family/friends/ your gap year can be a great icebreaker. Memories of recent parties and childhood will serve as reminders that ‘old friends are gold’ and encourage you to keep in touch with everyone back home. • Posters liven up a blank wall but bear in mind the advice re duvet cover when it comes to selecting your posters! • Keep your eyes peeled for Student Union fairs selling innumerable discounted posters in all shapes and sizes. A multitude of websites sell every poster imaginable. • Don’t forget the white tack to stick them all up. 5. Practical things • Pack some basic kitchen kit – veg peeler, non stick pan, plates, bowls, cutlery – best in a bright colour then if it disappears into someone else’s room it is easy to identify. • Take your own tea towel – you don’t know where the others have been. Wet wipes and some washing up liquid never go amiss. • Don’t forget the electricals – Laptop, ipod, speakers for ipod, extension leads, adapters, hair dryer. • Don’t worry about a printer – there will be plenty of cheap places to print out your work. 6. And Finally… • A door stop - to prop your door open as you unpack and decorate, so that new corridor buddies can drop in and say hello. • A jar of cookies or big tin of celebrations or the healthy option a bowl of fruit always help to encourage visitors as does having some mugs, glasses and a big kettle.

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By Fiona McKenzie, Gabbitas Dubai & Jane Phelps Admissions Tutor, New College of the Humanities  

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