Coming to University is a daunting time for all involved, you’re overrun with advice on what to pack but it’s rarely uni specific. Having been at the Uni for 4 years now I feel pretty well placed to advise on this matter so here is a definitive practical guide on coming to Sheffield from an old-timer!
- Don’t fall for buying single bedding, chances are your second or third year house will have a double bed. If you invest in double bedding and just get a single bottom sheet you save both money and hassle! (Plus you’ll be thankful in the cold winter).
- Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Tesco are the main stores in Sheffield so it’s worth getting their reward cards! I know co-op and Sainsbury’s do a student-parent card that can be topped up which can be a lifesaver!
- Get the 16-25 railcard, the £30 upfront cost for the year is easily made up and ⅓ off travel makes going home and exploring the local area much easier!
- If you can’t drive then get a provisional licence, you really don’t want to take your passport out as ID.
- Ease back on bringing stationary. I was too keen before the course started and got myself lots of colorful ring binders, project books etc. Most were barely used. Bring a A4 notepad, stapler, pens and pencils then sort the rest later!
- Don’t forget about hangers, tea towels and bin bags these boring things are easily forgotten!
- When you’re budgeting don’t forget to include the ‘easily forgotten items’- detergent, bin bags, money for topping up your laundry cards, bus/taxi money for nights out.
- On the topic of laundry, a boring subject I know! If you are in halls you’ll have to use the shared washing machines which annoyingly don’t have draws for detergent. So make sure you get liquitabs or a gel for a proper wash.
- Don’t leave packing until a few days before the big move, get organised and save your family the stress!
- On move in day everyone will be raiding the shops to get essentials. So I would advise bringing as much cupboard storage stuff/ consumables as you can. Including toilet paper, toiletries, bathroom/toilet cleaner, bin bags, alcohol and cupboard food.
- Check what is actually in your room– is there a bathroom bin? Is there a toilet brush?
- I would advise bringing two sets of bedding so you always have one washed- go for something that will cheer you up and brighten your room if possible. Primark and Wilkinson’s are overlooked gems!
- Bring distinctive but non-expensive cutlery and crockery. Trust me after the first year alone you will have broken some or lost some, and a distinctive color can save on arguments on washing up plus it’s harder to use. I managed to set fire to a colander and burn a hole in a saucepan so I wouldn’t advice flashing the cash on fancy stuff.
- Bring some storage boxes– depending on what you own this might vary but I would suggest at least bringing one. They’re ideal for student halls as you can just put them under the bed when you lift it open (that will make sense once you move in).
- Bring shoes for uni that can withstand some serious hills and rain. You will be walking a lot in Sheffield so invest wisely.
- Bring a winter coat. Sheffield can get very cold in winter so make sure you wrap up warm in a big cosy coat.
- Don’t forget to bring some summery clothes as Sheffield in September can be surprisingly warm.
- Bring a clothes horse, easy to use and set up but will save you a small fortune.
- Bring an extension lead as the plugs are not always in the most sensible places.
- Bring a laundry bag that you can actually carry clothes in. Depending on where you are living it can be a bit of a trek to get to the launderette.
- A bag big enough for all the things you need to go back home for the weekend and a sleeping bag for when mates come to stay/ you visit a friends.
Hopefully you’re excited for the big move, you’re going to have a great time!
- Supermarkets – especially for cutlery/crockery and housewares
- Charity shops