Heading To University? Here’s Our Guide To Halls

Posted on Sep 19 2018 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark

In just a few short weeks you’ll be packing up most of your belongings to head to a new city, to meet lots of new people and to have tons of new experiences. University is an exciting and anxiety fuelled time; there is lots going on and lots to take in so we wanted to share some of the things you’ll need in your new home for the next year and ways you can add a personal touch to your living space to make it feel more homely and to help you settle in quickly.

Your Bedroom

You’ll be spending a lot of time in this space; it’ll be your sanctuary, where you’ll do a lot of your studying and obviously where you sleep so you’ll want to make this space as much yours as possible.


Desk fan




Mattress protector

Coffee will be your new best friend; to save money (campus coffee can get expensive), it’s worth buying a coffee machine. Keep it in your room and it’ll be up to you whether you share it with your new roommates, plus, coffee in bed.

Laundry basket

Make up and stationery organiser

Over door hooks– handy for storing coats, dressing gowns etc.

Keep loved ones close by with a collage frame

Get a couple of  cushions to make your living space more cosy- great as laptop rests on the bed too.

You can’t have candles in halls, a reed diffuser will keep your room smelling fresh and feel more homely.

Eye mask



Hot water bottle

With parties going on a fair bit, earplugs are a lifesaver.

It’s well worth getting a glass jar to keep change in; for the washing/drying machines, buses etc.


Extension leads– to help keep things in easy reach

For the Bathroom


Put all your shower products into a Bathroom caddy to make it easier to get your shampoo, conditioner, shower gel etc. in and out of your shared bathroom with ease.

Take some cheap flip flops for when you’re getting in and out of the shower. Plastic is best for hygiene.

You’ll want a dressing gown specific for getting in and out of the shower, that’ll let you dry without deteriorating the fabric fast.

Towel stack- essentially need at least one face cloth, hand towel, 2 bath towels or 1 bath towel and a bath sheet. The Towel Shop have some excellent quality ones for low prices.

For the Kitchen

Although your accommodation is likely to come with plates, bowls and cutlery they can have quite a cost if they get broken and in the way of pots and pans the quality is pretty poor and makes cooking pretty difficult. Plus there will be a few essentials your new kitchen will be lacking in, so for peace of mind, we’d recommend the following:


You may want to pack a lunch, make food for days to come or simply just keep things fresh; tupperware and bag ties are essential.

Initial mug to make it easy to identify which is yours.

Plates, side plates, bowls and cutlery

Frying pan, saucepan, milk pan, and utensils kit– this won’t last forever but will be super helpful for this first year.

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