What To Take To University | 2015

This post is sponsored by Panasonic. 

If you have been reading Liquid Grain for a while you will know that I am a student up in the beautiful town of St Andrews.  I did my first three years, and then ran away to France to do a placement year.  Now, come September I will have my last year to complete.  

As I'm kinda an old hand at this university thing I thought I would share with you what I think you should take to university! 
School Stuff
My top tip for all things stationery is don't overpack.  It's really easy to bring a million notebooks and folders and then find out that you will be using your laptop all the time!

  • If you want to invest in any Apple product remember that there is a really good student discount!
  • Jack Wills do some really nice stationery (here), so does Urban Outfitters I really like this notebook because it comes with a handy pencil and if you need a cute set of pencils then these are pretty! 
  • diary or journal is pretty essential in my book.  There are loads of pretty ones here.

Your accommodation might have some things supplied but it's always good to take a spare set of everything with you (they might not be the nicest or cleanest). 
  • Plates and cutlery - there is a great selection here.
  • Underbed boxes - these are the handiest invention ever when you don't have a lot of space.
  • Other boxes - you might not have a lot of storage so boxes will stop your place looking cluttered.  I like this pen holder and this metal cage thing.  H&M also have a tonne of great homewares which are really reasonable.
  • An oven tray - and don't let anyone use it!


  • A surprising amount of fancy dress items - although you won't know the themes of all your fancy dress nights it's good to have a couple of outfits up your sleeve.  You will probably need a sports outfit, pub golf silly items and your old school uniform. 
  • Netflix - Netflix is a fun [and legal] way to keep up to date with your tv and it means you don't need a tv licence (in the UK). 
  • Speakers - If you are listening to tv on your laptop or getting ready for going out then wireless speakers are a great idea. 
  • Hip flask - for reasons... ASOS has a surprisingly good collection of them (here).
The Unexpected
  • Toilet roll - it may seem obvious but don't forget!
  • Kitchen foil, cling film
  • Tea towel - and don't leave it hanging in the kitchen, put it in a drawer to stop other people using them for yucky things like drying their hands.  In honour of Hetty the puppy I've picked this dachshund themed tea towel which is only £6.  In general, Marks and Spencers make some really nice and effective tea towels (unlike H&M which make pretty but useless ones). 
  • Shampoo and conditioner is surprisingly expensive so if you can convince your parents to stock up on them for you then do so!
  • A laundry bag - definitely needed if you are going to lug your dirty washing down stairs and to the laundry room!  I like this minimalistic striped one (here) but if you want something a little more colourful try this pink one or this amazing print
Please note that this post is written in collaboration with an external organisation, however this is not an advertisement as I retain all creative control over this post.  I only work with organisations I personally like and believe in.   


  1. Brilliant post for people starting uni, you seen very organised. Many students will thank you for this

  2. Wow it makes me wish I was attending university, such useful tips. Great post k x

    1. Thank you! 5 years down I've picked a little up!


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