Going off to university is an incredibly exciting time. Not only will this be the first time you live with anyone but your family, but it’s also your first real experience as a proper adult. After-all, there’s no parents in your dorm to tell you what to eat, when to go to bed or even tell you off for too much partying. But how do you match this newfound freedom with your university studies? Otherwise you might just find yourself spending your next summer holiday studying for re-sits rather than going somewhere fun and sunny.
The best way to ensure you can manage your social life with your studies is by getting your new room in halls ready with the essentials you need to not only survive but thrive in your first year:
Your bed is the most important part of your new term-time home, because it will be a good night’s sleep that will help you get through all those 9am lectures and studying. Unfortunately, not all university mattresses will give you the support needed for that good sleep, but it’s also not feasible to bring a new mattress with you. Instead invest in a good memory foam mattress topper. This will add comfort and help you get the best sleep you can – even if you did only get into it at 3am.
You should also bring your own duvet, pillows and a few sets of sheets as you probably don’t want to use any secondhand ones. Your first year bed is likely to be a single bed, but it still makes sense to bring a double duvet as this will give you extra comfort and warmth when it comes to a chilly winter.
2: A Desk Is Essential
When you spend most of your time in your bedroom, it can be easy to just study in your bed rather than at a proper desk. However, this is far from a good idea. When you start mixing your bed with something stressful like studying it can start to affect how well you sleep. Instead make a dedicated study area in your room such as a desk. Even better, try to use the library as much as possible for studying.
3: Get a Heater and Fan
Heating in halls can be very temperamental – one day freezing and the next stuffily warm. Neither of which makes for a good environment for sleeping or studying. Plus, you never know how your new roommates might like temperature to be. Having your own heater and fan can mean you keep your room exactly how you like it.
4: Ear Plugs Will Be Needed
Sure, you want to party yourself, but most likely not the night before a class test. This doesn’t mean the rest of your floor feels the same, meaning there could be constant loud parties going on around you. Ear plugs will help you get the sleep you need to ace that exam.
5: Cleaning Products
There won’t be anyone around to clean your bedroom for you now, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore it. Invest in some baby wipes, polish and Fabreeze to keep your room feeling fresh and clean. There should be a communal vacuum cleaner too, which you should use at least once a week. A clean, uncluttered room will make for a more relaxing environment that will make both sleeping and studying easier.