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The Ultimate Freshman Guide

by Stephanie Koathes Sep 16, 2019

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Contributed by Francesca McDavid, CoolMarket

Just when you think you have life all figured out you find yourself at a new chapter –  going to university. No matter where you’re going or how you’re financing it, one thing is certain: this is going to be a whole new experience. Here are some tips and essentials that will help make the first semester a lot easier! 

Shop Online

Nothing’s worse than having to go store-to-store for your school items. What if you could find all your essentials in one place? Online shopping is one of the easiest ways to get everything you need without leaving the comfort of your home or office. You can search for products on local online shopping sites such as CoolMarket and have them delivered to your door in two working days.  This could be especially useful during the busy exam seasons when you need supplies but don’t have the time or energy to go shopping. 

School Gear

The first step to having a great school year is having all the equipment needed. 

  • Electronics

Having a laptop or a tablet is one way to make it easier to get assignments done and take notes in class. While your university will have computers on campus for students’ use, having access computer will make life easier. If you’re taking your laptop or tablet to classes, invest in a laptop backpack to keep it safe.  During exam crunchtime when everyone is rushing to complete tasks, it’s great to have your own printer at home. You don’t need to stand in a long line and risk turning in your assignment late 

University life means many long hours in the library studying all night, and doing assignments. Be considerate to those around you or block out distractions with headphones. Having a flash drive is a must, even if you have a computer and a printer. Keep back-ups of assignments on it and store files to the cloud for extra security. 

Even with your computer or tablet, you can’t discount the benefits of quality stationery. Binders, notebooks, or notepads are all handy for taking notes. These items are also useful when it’s time to study! 

Living Essentials

For some, going to university means moving out of the family home and into a dorm or their own place, which comes with its own hurdles. 

Whether you’ll be living in a dorm or sharing a house with roommates, there are some basic items you’ll need. 

  • Bedding

You’ll need at least three sets of sheets to be able to rotate in between laundry days. Sheets with a high thread count cost more initially but will last longer. Those with a lower thread count are cheaper, but you should be mindful of the washing instructions to preserve the fabric. 

  • Bathroom Accessories

If you have roommates, you can consider splitting the cost of these items. You could also purchase some items, and your roommates buy the others. Some things you’ll need to get are rugs, shower curtains, bins, soap and toothbrush holders

  • Toiletries 

Items like toothpaste, shampoo and soap are usually not forgotten, but towels and rags often are! As with sheets, ensure you have enough towels to rotate until laundry, keeping in mind that you might not do laundry weekly. 

  • Cookware

The three most important factors to consider when purchasing kitchen appliances and cookware are price, space, and practicality. Blenders and kettles come in handy for preparing quick meals such as smoothies, teas, instant porridges or soups. These appliances are easy to store, and there are several inexpensive options to consider. Most houses provide a stove, and you would need to bring are your pots and pans. Some dorms will also allow students to bring hot plates

Are you feeling more prepared to take on the new school year? We hope so!