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31 Essentials Every Fresher Needs To Pack

Get ready for the best year of your life.

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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.


2. Two sets of bed linen


Sainsbury's generally has dealson bed linen, with cotton-and-polyester mixes starting at £2.40 for a single duvet set.

Top tip: Keep an eye on Lidl's upcoming deals. It does great-quality cotton bedsheets for a pittance.

3. A desk lamp

If you keep an eye on Etsy, you can get a cheerful vintage one such as this for under a tenner.

Alternately, if you search misspellings of "Anglepoise" on eBay you can get some pretty decent bargains.


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.


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