The First-Year Student Checklist

Parents and students alike often fret about the new life ahead. Leaving home, meeting new people, and learning a whole new way of living can be scary for some. However, it is easy to get used to the new life that will last for quite a few years with a bit of preparation. Here is an informative checklist of 9 things that all first-year students need to have before heading off to university.

1. Student Accommodation 

A student house or flat should ideally be close enough to campus, so that travel time does not become too great an issue; however, there are other factors that may come into play, such as cost and quality of accommodation on offer. For this reason, it is advisable for parents and students to visit a number of different student accommodation options, rather than just relying on what you see online.

2. Laptop

Laptops can be used for many different tasks at university, such as completing assignments and research. You can choose from a variety of different laptops which range in price, size and power.

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3. Bag

A bag or backpack is something that will be used every day for many years. Therefore it should be a good quality one that will last the test of time and not break in a few months due to poor craft.

4. Clothing

It’s unlikely that students will have their own washing machine in the halls, so they need to take clothes that wash well without needing any ironing afterwards! However, there is also the option to use laundrettes on or near campus if required.

5. Cleaning Products

It’s a good idea to send your child off with enough cleaning supplies. Students don’t usually feel the need to constantly clean, but teaching them the importance of regular cleaning is essential. A clean room or apartment is key for productivity!

6. Personal Care Products

These will be used every day. So it would be beneficial for parents to send their children off with plenty of them, especially something like toothpaste or a specific shampoo that can’t always be found in small supermarkets.

7. Stationery Supplies

A student won’t need much stationery during year one, but you should definitely include essential items such as pens, pencils and notepads, among others.

8. Recipe Books

This may sound like an odd one, but it’s a good idea to send off your child with some of their favourite recipes. Cooking is cheaper than eating out, and university caterers usually offer not such great quality food for pretty high prices!

9. Cash

It’s always good to have a bit of spare cash as it may be needed for emergencies such as purchasing food if students run low on supplies. Having an allowance from parents is also helpful in this instance, particularly during the first week when they are getting used to university life and learning how to budget their money effectively.

There are many different things you should have in order and packed before sending your child off to university. However, the checklist above can act as a great starting point for any first-year student. You could even consider including a first-aid kit, just in case!

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