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Uni essentials!

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
I'm startin' uni in Sept and just wanna know what kinda stuff ppl have taken in the past?
I reckon I'd be able to fill my tiny room in halls with loads of my stuff and end up takin most of it back next trip home! <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
What stuff would you say is essential to take with u at uni and what kinda stuff day reckon i should leave behind!??
Cheers peeps! <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

[ 03-03-2002: Message edited by: baggiesbabe ]
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You are probably best off taking too little rather than too much, but things you *need*:
    cups, bowls, cutlery, bassic kitchen utensils (if self catering)
    hot water bottle, extra duvet and duvet cover (at my Uni they dont change the duvet during the whole term <IMG SRC="eek.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> )
    a few posters (but not millions), WHITE-tac (not blue, a lot of unis dont like that as it marks the walls), a calendar
    an alarm clock, a stereo, your CDs (take all, as the one you leave behind will be the one you *need* to listen to)

    Thats about it really, but its only March so dont worry yet <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Where are you going to uni? In most places there will be plenty of shops there, so don't stress too much if you forget something. Most unis have poster sales and rug sales and plant sales at the start of term to brighten your room up a bit.

    Don't take loads of cooking stuff, like my flat mates. <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> You don't need a whole set of cutlery and crockery, just a few of each, that way you will be forced to do the washing up.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm off oop north to UCLAN...just wanna make sure i can save up for all them things ppl say u need like a tv license....(dya know how much they cost!!!OHMIGOD)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    not sure, depends who you are but I took computer and assorted bits, hifi, posters, kitchen stuff, kettle, coffee pot, teapot, clothes...everything but my car 'Bastard' <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    oh and a bottle of JD
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Along with all the practical stuff, I reckon the thing you need most at Uni is a good sense of humour for when things get tough <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> Good Luck with whatever you decide to take, if you forget something I'm sure there'll be someone else in the halls who would be willing to help you out. Well there was when I was at Uni (Sheffield Hallam) anyway. <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    (edited because I can't spell <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> )

    [ 03-03-2002: Message edited by: onfire ]

    [ 03-03-2002: Message edited by: onfire ]
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I spent two years in halls and you're right not to take too much. Emptying out for the hols is a complete bitch!

    I recommend firstly a weeks worth of clothes - that way you wont accumulate 2 weeks of washin' <IMG SRC="wink.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> .

    Next a stereo. Music is an absolute must to relieve uni blues! You will also probably want a pc (laptop if you have one), as most courses require one, and uni pc's are generally shite.

    Some hall rooms need a lamp, depends on the quality of your hall. Otherwise pleanty of posters can be useful (though you can buy these AT uni).

    From a year of experience I chose to keep the amount I took to uni in my second year down to a suitcase of clothes and a suitcase of odds and sods (as well as Stereo and PC).
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by baggiesbabe:
    <STRONG>I'm off oop north to UCLAN...just wanna make sure i can save up for all them things ppl say u need like a tv license....(dya know how much they cost!!!OHMIGOD)</STRONG>

    I would suggest not taking a TV because:
    a. It will be an arse to transport if its particularly bulky.
    b. Halls of residence have TV rooms, the only problem being trying to persuade everyone else to turn over to Buffy the Vampire Slayer when they are all watching Crappyoaks.
    c. TV liscences cost a fortune.

    I would take as little as possible: Toiletries, stationary, bedding, basic cooking utensils (even in catered halls you might want to do yourself some supper when you get home at 2am after a night out) and a radio/cassette/CD player.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    TV ROOMS???? Where's our TV room? Pah! I have to resort to being scared every time there's a knock on the door in case it's the TV licence man!

    We have to pay over the holidays, it's actually crap-ok so you can keep your stuff there, but you end up paying for severl months when you're not there. CARDIFF UNI-RIP OFF MERCHANTS!!!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You will need:

    A clothes horse, as there is never enough room on your flatmates, or the tiny little radiator you may be lucky enough to get.

    Clothes (the heating rarely works)

    bedding

    corkscrew (essential)

    basic food items to get going

    alarm clock

    music system and music (essential)

    lamp (essential)

    adaptor plug (there are never enough sockets)

    extension lead (see above)

    notice board (if there isn't one in your room already)

    plate, bowl, cutlery, saucepan, frying pan, mug... enough to get by, not start your own restaurant.

    hot water bottle

    computer - if you can afford it, saves on queues at deadline time

    TV (again if can afford it)

    towels

    teatowel

    washing powder
    lots of passport photos

    NI details
    passport
    birth certificate
    National Health Registration card

    room insurance

    and so on and so on

    <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    BRING A TOASTIE MAKER! THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO SURVIVE!!! <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My quick economy meal is 9p instant noodles, with frozen peas and seasoning, socaked up with bread (YUM)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'll take all the usual stuff (pots and pans, music, stereo etc) plus some weed.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by baggiesbabe:
    <STRONG>I'm off oop north to UCLAN...just wanna make sure i can save up for all them things ppl say u need like a tv license....(dya know how much they cost!!!OHMIGOD)</STRONG>

    No! NOOOOOO! UCLAN! NOOOO! We will so paste your arses in the Lancs cup next year...

    Sorry, got carried away there <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">.

    Don't worry about the TV License too much. I never had one, and as a rule the hall porters let you know when the scan-van's around.

    The one massively important thing that you'll need: A sarnie toaster. These are absolutely the best way to cure the midnight/post binge munchies. Comet do a really cool Cow-shaped one for about a tenner.

    Have fun, take care of yourself.

    CD <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sandwich toasters are unnecessary, just use your grill!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Oh come on!! Cheese on toast is not the same as a Cheese TOASTIE!! Besides, my hall kitchen has no grill.... PLAN AHEAD.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You could try to win the daisy the cow sarnie toaster we're giving away on TheSite, along with the small matter of £200 worth of Tesco vouchers and some funky chilli lights
    click here

    We're so good to you <IMG SRC="wink.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sorry but those prizes are already reserved <IMG SRC="tongue.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    How do you actually pick them?

    P.S. I know you are giving away a fridge, well don't they give off fumes that make it dangerous to sleep in the same room as a fridge?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    not the new ones, no <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    Don't be so nosy - obviously it is done fairly and this is top secret classified information <IMG SRC="tongue.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    *knows who won't be winning the prizes* <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Do you choose the person that flatters you the most outrageously?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Thefairmelissa:
    <STRONG>Susie, I just thought I'd let you know how much I've always respected your advice on these boards..................

    *writes out delivery address for cow-shaped toastie maker*</STRONG>

    Essential for making new friends is a bottle opener! Also take white tack, posters, photos of your mates back home and clothes pegs.

    Oh and having a few good CD's for freshers' week party!!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    A sense of humour
    Makes the whole thing that much easier <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
    Or Just Alcohol which can do the same thing
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm too poor to own things.... <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I want to get a Laptop for uni, where can you get cheap/maybe second hand ones from? Unless the Uni computers are available 24/7?

    Thankyou
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    if you are going to halls, you might get away with no having a tv licence.... <IMG SRC="wink.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    How the fuck do you afford all this stuff? Your a student your supposed to be poor!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm lucky..I have a laptop, a big TV, VCR, PSX, Stereo...but I'm by no means rich.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm off to do Computer Science in a year - which means I'm already saving up for a kickass laptop and a kickass desktop - not cheap <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ah- well you should get a b/f who works in IT then these things are very easy to come by- do you think we actually paid for the 3 PC's and 2 laptops we have at home?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My dad runs a computer graphics company, so I do tend to get things cheaper, but high end kit still doesn't grow on trees. All my current home network kit and computers (about a grand's worth of network kit before we even hit the computers on it) I have got free, but my stuff from uni I will have to pay for as he can't blag it off as work equipment. I'll still get it chepaer through him, and claim the tax back.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I have a laptop, a big TV, VCR, PSX, Stereo...but I'm by no means rich.
    Yes you bloody well are! <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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