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August 22, 2016 / mintcustard

What do you take to Uni?


With the second one off to University in September, we are back to building a mountain of bits and pieces that need to be carted to and from a distant city at least three times in the next three years. The mountain will only grow, so don’t go wild (especially if you only have a Fiat 500 to transport it in.

First, before you buy anything, check what the Halls provide so you don’t have to search for receipts to take that iron back! Check the bed size too.


mattress topper, duvet and two sets of covers, bottom sheets (get a dark colour!!!) pillows, storage (underbed boxes for shoes), desk lamp, throw or blanket, pictures from home (you can hide them but…), air freshener (not a plug in), desk organiser, door wedge, extra hangers, Extension cable, laundry bag (a big Ikea bag or shopping bag is ideal), airer, dustpan and brush, rug as the floor will get grubby.


towels, toilet rolls, tooth mug, storage for toiletries (plastic basket), flip flops (if not ensuite), bathroom cleaning products if ensuite, bath mat if ensuite.


Crockery (minimum 2 plates, 2 bowls, 2 dinner plates,) Cutlery set, extra tea spoons, mugs, glasses (pint or high ball), shot glasses, 1 large pan, 1 small pan, 1 frying pan or wok, plastic lidded storage for leftovers (old take away containers are ideal), reusable shopping bag (well it saves 10p!), cling film and foil, baking tray, small gratin type dish (for shepherds pie etc – the enamel ones are rugged), chopping knives, peeler, masher, slotted spoon, fish slice, bottle opener, corkscrew, strainer or sieve, measuring jug, portion measure (make your own.), washing up brush.


Homemade dry rice and pasta portion measure. Ideal for new students.


First aid kit, chargers, pens and pencils, sewing kit, sharpie to put your name on your bottle of milk!, scissors, wind up torch, pot to keep your pound coins and 50ps in for the laundry, passport, passport photos, printer, laptop, some way to play your music, box of biscuits, sports kit, musical instruments.

I’m certain I will have forgotten about something so please let me know and I’ll gladly add this to the list. I’m planning future posts on “stocking a student food cupboard” and some basic recipes you can then tweak to make a variety of meals. Any recipes you’d especially like?

Big stores such as IKEA, Wilkos, Robert Dyas and most supermarkets sell sets of pots and crockery. Just beware buying the very cheapest as you may find you have to buy a second set quickly after the first. It may be a false economy. Also, it doesn’t all have to match, whatever your child may say. Look out in sales and online too.

Good luck!




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  1. Annabel (gaskella) / Aug 22 2016 11:44 am

    My mum sent me off with a copy of The Pauper’s Cookbook by Jocasta Innes and a Le Creuset casserole.

  2. mintcustard / Aug 22 2016 11:52 am

    Don’t think C is getting Le Creuset, although she’d quite like one. I’m planning a post on stocking a cupboard and I’m going to put cookbooks and blogs to use on there. I’ll include your book. Thanks.

  3. Lucy Hoyland / Aug 23 2016 8:24 pm

    Matt didn’t use half of the kitchen stuff he took, but he did use the frying pan (£3) and a pair of plastic tongs (40p) both from Ikea and definitely recommended. Also he took a stack of plastic takeaway boxes. I’m afraid that dark sheets are not acceptable for boys – go for a kind of beige/light brown!


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