September is here, and it’s the beginning of a new academic year. If you’re off to University for the first time your head is going to be full of all the things you need to pack and bring with you.
We’ve done you a favour, and put together a list of ten things you need to get through your first year of university that you might not have even thought of, and they all cost under £10!
1. A screen protector for your smart phone
This purchase will save you so much money and aggravation down the line when you inevitably drop your phone during the many manic nights and days of your first few weeks at university!
2. A pendrive
They start from £3.99 on Amazon. A pendrive sounds pretty simple but it's useful to have attached to your key ring for those moments you might need to print or save work in a pinch.
3. HDMI cable
Another seemingly innocuous little purchase, but everyone is going to love you when you have the power to hook your laptop up to your flat's TV and provide the best viewing options for your housemates. You can get one from Amazon for as little as £2.99.
4. External phone battery
This is a game changer. No more will you need to worry about running out of battery at the end of the night when you're trying to get your Uber organised, or have to sit through a full 9-5 day of lectures. Most start from around £9.99
5. Credit card protector
Putting your cards in one of these is simple enough, and it protects you from people scanning your wallet with a portable contactless payment device and stealing your all too precious student loan! You can can pick one up from just £1.22
6. Keep cup
A life saver for the early morning lecture. Keeps your coffee (or tea, let's be honest) warmer for longer, plus it's just better for the environment. They're also super affordable, starting for as little as £3.99.
7. Assorted pot noodles
You heard me. These are going to be your saviours when you're pulling all night study stints, or when your student loan payments hasn't come through yet. A pot noodle always hits the spot. They're £1 each at Tesco.
8. Colour catchers
Boring but true, these will save you money and grief. Put one of these in with your wash and you won't need to think about separating different washes for whites, lights and darks (Who has time for that anyway?!). You can get them from as little as £2.
9. A case of beer
Potentially controversial, but all we can tell you is that the guy who turned up to our halls of residence on the first day with a case of beer had a really easy time getting to know people. Take from that what you will.
All supermarkets do different beer deals at different times of the year. You can usually get a case for about £9 or £10.
Getting some good versatile apps will make your university experience so much easier.
Snap2PDF. An application that lets you take a photo of anything and convert it into a pdf file.
Any.do. It lets you build complex to-do lists and is a really helpful organisation aid and task manager. Great for when you need a little structure in your life.
Oval Money. University is all about learning new skills, and learning to live within a budget is one of them. Oval is a personal finance manager and helps you track your spending as well as make small, manageable savings on a daily basis. Don't start uni without it!