It is summer and now time to start to gather together those essentials for the big move. This is a list from the Student Union, and hopefully will provide a guide to move….
This list will be useful for all of you moving away in September, I used it last year when I moved away, and it eases anyone who worries they are going to forget something by ticking it all off! I can’t think of anything in addition to this list as it is long and detailed, and I hope it helps, print it off, tick it and gather the collection of things to move in about a month. Good luck!! WHAT STUFF TO TAKE TO HALLS
How much to take?No doubt you’ve got a lot of stuff in your bedroom. How much are you going to take with you? Unless you’ve seen the halls you’re going to move into, you won’t know how big the room will be. You can only take as much stuff as will fit in your car!
What to Take
Firstly, you need to separate what you’re going to take into two categories; What you really need? and what you would like to take?
What you really need
First you need to find out what your Halls of Residence provides. However, if there is nothing but four walls, a bed, desk and chair, the following list may be a good guide:
o 1 or 2 pillows
o 2 sets of bed covers
o Lots of them
o Take enough to not have to do washing often
o Lots of socks is essential, as they go missing from laundry
o DJ/tuxedo/posh frock and posh shoes for formal dinners
o Party/Clubbing wearo Sports Equipment (football boots etc)
o School Uniform for School Disco
o Toothbrush and toothpaste
o All your makeup/beauty productso Flip Flops
o Many sets of cheap cutlery, as they go missing very easily.
o 2 dinner plates and 2 bowls
o 2 mugs
o 2 pint glasses
o 2 saucepans – 1 large and 1 medium/small
o 1 frying pan – preferably non stick
o 1 big oven tray – good for lots of chips
o 1 wooden spoon for stirring
o 1 colander for pasta draining (don’t try using the saucepan lid)
o 1 chopping board
o 1 sharp knife
o Washing up liquid and sponge thing
TIP: tea towel and oven glove – take these and make sure you keep them safe. Otherwise these will become communal and get ruined really quickly.
TIP: take 2 packs of those sponge things for washing dishes. They will get messy really quickly, so it’s good to change round often.
o Backpack or bag of some sort
o Folders for work
o Well-stocked pencil case
o Remember scissors, holepunch, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener, stapler, Pritstick and Blutack, and pins
o Plenty of biros
o Loads of dividers for your folders
o Calculator, even if you’re doing English
TIP: Keeping all your work organised is the secret of doing well: Make sure you have a folder for each subject.
TIP: Get the folders at the start of term, and keep it organised from the start. Even if you don’t do any work in the evening to start with, make sure you’ve got all the notes, and in the right order.
TIP: If you have loads of courses at the same time, have 1 folder that you take to classes with the current work in it for every subject, and 1 (more likely 10) bigger folder(s) at home for each subject that has all the other work in it. This way, your work will be kept neat and uncrumpled, and you won’t have to carry loads of stuff to Uni everyday. As the folder gets full, move some of the old stuff out and into the folders in your room. This way you only have to carry the stuff you need to University.
Stuff That Would Be Nice To Have
These items include a computer, Hi-Fi, TV, Playstation and other electrical goods. All these things are expensive, and most are heavy and big. Make sure you get insurance for the expensive items.
It helps fill those boring moments, not that you’ll have many. It also helps to bring people into your room. Check whether you need to buy a license – they cost a lot of money.
Fun, but you should have better things to be doing with your time. It’ll get people into your room, especially with good multiplayer games, but then you need a TV as well…
Most people consider this vital. Let’s look at the pros and cons.
Pros – you can play dvd’s on it as well
Pros – you can play cd’s on it so you don’t need to bring your hi-fi
Pros – you might have internet access
Pros – you might actually need it for work too.
Cons – it’ll take up your entire desk.
Pros- what else do you need your desk for?
Cons – if it’s not a laptop, they’re heavy and difficult to carry up the stairs and will take up all of your car.
Laptop vs Desktop.
If you’re going to get a laptop, you don’t have to buy the best one there is – as long as it has DVD and a CD writer you should be fine. You can then take the laptop into college and to the library should you need to.
Tip: If you’re going to get a laptop, make sure you get a security chain to lock it to your radiator to stop it getting stolen, and definitely get it insured.
It always good to have some sort of music or radio. If you have a computer you can use this to play CDs. You could also get a radio-alarmclock combo. Hi-Fis are another one of these items that are big and heavy and will take up the a lot of space in your car. If your computer will play CD’s I suggest you do it that way.
TIP: If your going to use your computer to play your CD’s, why not put all your CD’s on to the computer using something like Windows Media Player, so that your songs are mp3. This means there’s less to carry.
The rest of what you take is optional, but here’s a list of things you will probably need.
o Alarm clocko Watcho Radio
o Desk lamp. Get those cheap ones from a well-known Swedish furniture manufacturer that cost about £5.
o Sports equipment – you’ll probably feel the need to start playing loads of sport once you get to university.
o Frisbees are good
o Washing powder
o Bin Bags
o Laundry bag
o Sleeping bag if you’ve got one.
o Posters although there will be many poster sales throughout the term where you can buy posters at student friendly prices.
o First Aid Kit – plasters, aspirin, antiseptic cream, cotton woolo Mobile phone and charger – necessity for phoning home.
o Tin Foil – use it to cover grill pans before putting chips etc on. This way the foil catches all the oil, and you don’t have to wash the pan up!
o Washing Up Liquid
o Camera – record your freshers week and send your photos in to be added to the Website!
o Clothes Hangers