Being organised and set up from the start with all the right kit will make for a successful launch into university life
A-level results are in and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has revealed that a record number of young people have applied to university this year.* In the next few weeks, many homes up and down the country will be filled with excitement and anticipation as rookie students get preparations underway for student life away from home, but no doubt there will also be some feelings of trepidation.
High street retailer, Robert Dyas, is a British institution and has some sound advice for the new recruits as they head off on their great adventure. The key to making a smooth and relatively stress-free transition from home comforts to living away from home for the first time lies in the preparation. Being organised and set up from the start with all the right kit will make for a successful launch into university life so you can relax and solo like a pro.
To help ease Freshers into their new surroundings, they have come up with some handy tips, ideas and solutions to make a student’s debut memorable for all the right reasons.
Survival of the Fittest
Give yourself a fighting chance against the dreaded Fresher’s flu by taking good care of yourself from the outset. Staying fit and healthy, at least in the few first few weeks, is important as nothing will make you feel more homesick than feeling ill early on.
If you are in self-catering halls, start by eating well. Healthy and simple solutions for novice chefs include grilling or steaming food. Grilling is an efficient way to cook, saves energy, preserves nutrients and you eat less fat. The compact George Foreman 2 Portion Grill (£19.99) features a sloping grill which channels the fat and grease directly from your food into the drip tray, for healthier meals.
Steaming will help food retain the nutritional value. Cook up a feast with the Robert Dyas 3 Tier Stainless Steel and Silver Steamer (Was £12.99 now £9.74) which is ideal for steaming vegetables, fish or even making rice. Minimum effort is required for a healthy three-course meal in minutes!
Eggs are easy to prepare, inexpensive and a healthy option. Eggs are among the most nutritious foods, containing a little bit of almost every nutrient you need.** The versatility of this super-food is well known and it couldn’t be easier to prepare poached eggs with this Sistema Easy Eggs Microwavable Pot (£3.69). Simply crack an egg, microwave for about a minute and enjoy.
Or whip up a deliciously light and fluffy omelette in minutes using the electric Salter EK2716 Omelette Maker (Was £19.99 now £13.33). Featuring aluminium non-stick cooking plates, this impressive unit requires no cooking oil making for a brilliantly healthy meal.
Steer clear of the corner kebab shop and opt for healthier snacks instead with the Salter Healthy Hot Air Popcorn Maker (£16.49). This healthy fat-free popcorn maker is perfect for sharing a quick snack with friends when you’re catching up with a movie night.
Smoothies are quick and easy to prepare before lectures and packed full of nutrients to keep you going throughout the morning. Blitz your breakfast in the Breville Blend Active Blender (Was £29.99 now £19.99) and go! As an added advantage, the bottle fits most bike cup holders so you can enjoy your drinks on the move.
A top tip is to set up a group chat with your new flat or house mates to decide what each person should bring as you really don’t want to end up with five frying pans, three kettles and multiple cutlery sets.
Keep it Clean
One of the first challenges a new student faces is doing their laundry for the first time. It is a good idea to have a laundry strategy and don’t let it build up.
Do a wash whenever your laundry basket becomes full and don’t waste precious pennies on doing half loads. Save on space too with this Addis Grey Fold Flat Laundry Basket (Was £19.99 now £14.99).
Use common sense and separate whites and colours carefully. Read the washing instruction labels and make sure you understand the symbols. Select the correct washing machine setting and appropriate temperature. It’s important to pick the right setting, otherwise you could end up with a wardrobe full of crop tops and three-quarter length trousers. And watch out for fabrics that require delicate treatment!
There are a variety of detergents to choose from. Tablets and pods such as Ariel Original Pods (Was £4.99 now £2.99) are less messy than powder or liquid. Biological detergents have special enzymes to help break down stains and dirt. The Ariel Colour Style Washing Gel (Was £7.99 now £3.99) is good for washing filthy sports kit! Non-biological detergents are kinder to sensitive skin.
Or for the eco-warriors, why not do your bit for the environment and try the Ecoegg Laundry Egg (Was 9.99 now £7.49). Not only will the Ecoegg last for 70 washes, saving you money, it’s also safe to use on the most delicate fabrics and the mineral filled egg is kinder to the environment.
Drying laundry in student accommodation can be a bit of a headache. Hang clean clothes up immediately on an Addis Extendable 3 Tier Airer (Was £19.99 now £14.99). This will save you draping clothes over furniture and doors and it conveniently folds flat for easy storage when not in use. For extra drying space, a Vileda Express Radiator Airer (RRP £5.99 now £4.99) could come in very handy in the event of a wash day emergency.
Don’t let your personal hygiene regime slip no matter how much fun you are having. Keep your breath minty fresh with the Oral B Pro 650 Electric Toothbrush (Was £49.99 now £24.99). And remember, take care not to kiss any frogs!
Student rooms can easily become cluttered as they are often on the smaller size. Make the most of your space with some nifty storage solutions such as these Curver Storage Baskets (£2.99 - £8.99). A couple of these stylish, rattan-effect storage baskets will go a long way to help keep your room organised. Or how about some Really Useful Boxes (£3.99 -£46.99) to stash away all your bits and pieces.
Keep all your styling gadgets in one place with the Polder Styling Station (£15.99). It has large compartments ideal for storing hair dryers, straighteners and styling irons. The mesh base helps them cool down – great for keeping surfaces safe from heat damage and it features a handy hook for attaching to a towel rail.
Back to Basics
Students always have multiple gadgets to plug in and you’ll never be caught short with this clever PowerCube with Dual USB (Was £18.99 now £9.93). Not only will it turn one socket into four, but it also includes a dual USB port, so you can easily charge your laptop, phone or tablet without the need for an additional adaptor.
The sleek Toledo Wireless Charging LED Desk Lamp (Was £39.99 now £19.99) will add an element of ‘cool’ to any student room! It features a dimmable function making this light ideal for your bedside reading or as an occasional desk lamp. The wireless charging base is great to keep your phone fully charged and ready to go.
Store your dry goods such as tea, coffee, sugar, pasta and seal in freshness and flavour for longer with this stylish and handy Set of 3 Essentials Storage Canisters With Bamboo Lid (Was £19.99 now £9.99).
There are certain essential items you can never have enough of so be sure to stock up on Tea Towels (£4.99), Hangers (£1.99) and Push Pins (£1.99). And don’t forget to take a bin such as the Curver My Style White Paper Bin (Was £3.99 now £2.99).
A big part of starting university is making new friends. Be sociable and keep your door propped open with this Pug Door Stop (£8.00) and greet passers-by. You’ll feel like you’ve known them forever in no time at all.
Let’s Get the Party Started
Once you’re all settled in, it's time to embrace your newfound freedom and get the party started with the Mixx Audio s3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Digital Clock (Was £39.99 now £19.99). The S3 is a versatile bedside wireless speaker, digital clock with alarm and phone charger as well as an ideal portable speaker. An all in one unique design!
But if you are planning on doing some work or a work out and need to block out the general melee for a while, plug in your earphones and escape with the Kitsound Over Ear Sport Headphone (Was £39.99 now £19.99). These headphones are sweat and light rain resistant and the detachable ear cups are easily removable when they need a wash.
Robert Dyas offers students a 10% discount all year round in-store on presentation of a valid student card at the till or students can register and verify their status at Unidays to get 10% off online. For more information please visit https://www.robertdyas.co.uk/unidays/.
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About Robert Dyas
From the innovative to the everyday, you’ll find everything you need for your home and garden, from cleaning solutions and kitchen essentials to the latest DIY gadgets and gardening must-haves – all at great prices.
The extensive selection of products range from some of the world’s most famous brands through to exciting new start-ups. The common factor between them all is that their products share the Robert Dyas ethos for being innovative, practical and designed to last.
Robert Dyas founded the company in 1872, and it was bought by entrepreneur Theo Paphitis in 2012. Theo is one of the UK’s most high-profile businessmen with an empire spanning retail, property and finance.
The company has over 90 stores, mainly in the South of England, and also operates 24-hours a day online.
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