It doesn’t matter how cool you thought you were while you were at college, or indeed sixth form because when it comes to packing for uni you instantly lose all confidence. The problem is that it’s not really about what you’re going to wear but whether you’ll fit in? Make enough friends? Understand all your lectures? Or ever find your way around the Hogwarts like campus you’ll be calling home for the next three years. While going off to university is a big step there are some things you can do to make the transition that little bit easier.
Make sure you take part in any pre-fresher events that happen. Go on a campus tour, even if you’ve already attended an open day if you’ve still got questions current students are happy to show visitors around the campus. It’ll be quieter, and less formal but if you’re not sure if it’s the place you should be then seeing it during an ordinary day in term time, not in a PR-led marketing exercise, should help.
Give everything a proper chance as many new students tend to phone home, or even decide to visit during the first weekend. However, it’s crucial that you stay on campus, giving it a month at least so you can find some mates before planning trips back home. You won’t want to miss anything important either, as while the first lectures tend to be very basic, introductory sessions after that the work will come thick and fast. When packing take clothes that you feel comfortable in and don’t forget these student wardrobe staples!
Cambridge Satchels are the perfect size for students as they’ll fit an A4 binder, sheafs of lecture notes, your purse, makeup, phone and a few pens. These handmade leather satchels may not be cheap, prices start at around sixty pounds, but they’ll last for years, and years as they’re made from only the finest quality leather, are stitched by experts and produced entirely within the UK. Satchels are an ideal gift for freshers as they’re designed to hold lots of items and are a great alternative to the grotty backpack. Available in a gorgeous range of styles and colors, a Cambridge Satchel definitely gets you in an academic frame of mind. They’re also fully lockable as well as being 100% waterproof so are the perfect bag for when you’re headed from the lecture hall to the student union on the opposite side of campus when it’s raining.
It’s In The Jeans
Whether they’re ripped, stretch, bootcut, high-waisted, skinny, boyfriend jeans or flared whatever ones you love to wear make sure that you pack plenty! Alongside jogging bottoms and leggings you’ll be practically living in them during your time at uni. Jeans are great, can be dressed up or down with boots, heels, flats or trainers and keep your legs warm even in the coldest weather. They also tend to make up 80% of what students like to wear to lectures, as it means you don’t have to go home and change before heading out the pub. If you’re staying at a friend’s house and plan on heading out that night, you can even wear a pair of black skinnies clubbing! Just pop a cute silk top, dangly earrings and purple heels in with your overnight stuff before uni and you’ll be able to walk straight to hers without coming back to halls.
Make sure you pack plenty of knitwear, be it in the form of sweaters, cardigans, thin tops, and tunics as uni style tends to be fairly laid back. Most people tend to save the sparkly tops, bodycon dresses and high heels for the weekend so don’t worry about looking too low key as it’s not possible! In fact, over the years students have been known to rock up in pajamas, fancy dress, and onesies, so we guarantee no one’s going to bat an eyelid if you decide to wear an oversized hoody. Sooner or later you’ll oversleep, so the last thing you want to be doing when you’ve got five minutes to get ready is be hunting for your black, slouchy cardigan! We recommend storing clothes in categories and always keeping knitwear to hand. Make sure you do your laundry regularly and sort out the clothes you want to wear the night before to avoid any last minute panic. Now’s the time to grab a pair of black leggings, socks, buckled ankle boots, a pink tunic top and your black, cropped leather jacket. Shove a statement geo print scarf over the top and get going!