1. A duvet and pillows
Depending on how warm you tend to get during the night, choose a duvet between 10.5 and 13.5 tog. Marks & Spencer does a hypoallergenic, machine-washable one from £39.50.
Choose pillows depending on what firmness you prefer. Again, M&S does a hypoallergenic, machine-washable set for £12.
9. A photo frame
You could also frame old postcards and letters from friends to give your room a homey touch. If you’re not allowed to have things on the walls, then this one from Tiger props up easily on a shelf.
12. An extension lead
One plug socket good, four plug sockets better.
13. A doorstop
Keeps your door open while you’re moving in. Later on, an open door is a friendly door. Amazon has several types.
19. A cookbook
If your halls have a kitchen, you don’t want to be trying to read your phone or laptop screen while cooking. Good Mood Food by Donal Skehan is healthy, dependable, and very tasty. Alternatively, Lorraine Pascale’s cooking is healthy, easy, and accessible.
21. One good knife
Remember, quality over quantity when it comes to kitchenware. Better one good knife than five bad ones. Taylor’s Eye Witness is pretty solid, and affordable. The one on the right is £11, and the set on the left is a similar price.
23. PJs, slippers, and a dressing gown
If you’re sharing a room, then PJs obviously. And a dressing gown and slippers? Well, you’ll need to be cosy. H&M does cute ones for both men and women. Or try TK Maxx for bargains.