Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What You Need to Take with You - and What You Don't - Education 2001; So Many Things. Such a Small Room. Kate Watkins Helps Weed out What You Really Need When You Move Away from Home

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What You Need to Take with You - and What You Don't - Education 2001; So Many Things. Such a Small Room. Kate Watkins Helps Weed out What You Really Need When You Move Away from Home

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Byline: KATE WATKINS

CONDOMS, a corkscrew and your CD player are going to be far higher up your list of priorities than paperwork, but without your letters of acceptance, proof of your grades, and your written offer of a halls place, you may not even be able to join in the fun of Freshers' Week. So make sure you wedge them into the boot, along with your passport, driving licence and nationalinsurance card.

As far as tat for your room goes, the choice is really up to you. Hall rooms are often quite sparse, plain and pretty uninviting. If you are not one to worry about this then travel light, but if you want to make it a bit more comfortable, then there are a few bits you could take from home. Lots of students take their own bedding, though some halls of residence supply it.

Towels are not always supplied, but even if they are you may prefer to take your own - think of all the really scratchy, threadbare towels you used to use in the scouts/brownies and you are on the right track.

Lots of students take their own lamps, as halls tend to use one fluorescent lighting strip per room - guaranteed to make any hangover unbearable if they don't actually induce an epileptic fit with their inevitable flickering. It is always worth taking extension leads and multi-socketed plugs, as there will never be enough sockets to plug in your stereo/TV/computer/phone charger/hairdryer etc. This also allows you to move the furniture round the room to where you want it.

Hangers are, for some reason, never provided in the wardrobes, so take some with you, as well as a laundry bag to try to keep some division between REALLY dirty clothes and the rest of your wardrobe.

Student bathrooms can be pretty grim but a bathmat can be a godsend (helps avoid other peoples scuzzy water/pubes/verucas). You can also keep your wash stuff in a washbag, so you can take it to and from the bathroom easily (for all the dirty stereotypes you hear about students, they do love to steal nice-smelling shampoos and shower-gels).

Whether or not you take your stereo/TV/computer/decks is really up to you. …

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