Whether you’re heading back to University for second semester, or de-cluttering for when you move out of halls, make sure you’re packing these three things…
Packing your whole life into the boot of your car to start another term at university isn’t easy. Most likely you’ll forget something important. Or more annoyingly you’ll pack something you don’t need at all! Space is the ultimate commodity in student housing – especially if you’ve been landed with the dreaded box room!
To make the most of what little space you have here’s my list of the top 3 most useful things I brought to university (and why!).
#3 : A Calendar
University life is hectic. If you’re anything like me it’s so easy to lose track of the days, especially around exam season. You find yourself forgetting to wish people happy birthday, forgetting plans you made weeks in advance or worse forgetting to call your mum. Gain a bit of organisation and invest in a calendar. Not only will you be able to better visualise and plan your week but its bound to reduce stress. No matter how hard you try there’s no way you’ll remember every mental note you take.
#2 Your Passport
Not an obvious choice but definitely a necessity. You don’t just need your passport for freshers registration during that first week at university. Trust me you’ll be reaching for it more and more than you ever thought! With exams over no doubt you’ll have a few nights out lined up to celebrate. In a drunken haze you lose your ID but with another night out on the cards what do you do? Having your passport on hand is a quick solution – but make sure not to lose that as well (it’s a lot more expensive to replace). Another great reason to bring your passport; last minute holiday booking! My favourite form of procrastination is scrolling through cheap flight lists. Sometimes you just NEED a weekend away from it all. Keeping your passport on hand makes that a possibility.
#1 A Doorstop
Whether you’re a third year or a first year a doorstop is always handy. Living in halls can be overwhelming with so many new people to meet. Keeping your door propped open acts as a friendly invitation to the people on your corridor to say hi. Again this isn’t just something to implement during freshers. Staying social throughout the year can sometimes be more difficult than making new friends in the first place! This is true even when you’ve moved out of halls. Everyone expects transitioning to student housing will banish the loneliness associated with halls. This isn’t always true – its just as easy to lock yourself away, especially if you live on the top floor. If you start to notice yourself drifting from your housemates get out your doorstop and see what happens.
Whether you’re moving back to university for second semester or just clearing out unnecessary belongings, make sure these three items are top of your packing list!