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It's time to start getting ready for uni!

By FreshSocial 25 Jul 2018

You need to make the most of having Mum and Dad doing everything for you because September will be here soon.

And with September comes moving out...

You've got to be smart with your money and stick to a budget. That way, you'll have more money when the term starts. Winner!

Here's our ultimate guide to shopping for uni supplies:

  1. Less is more
    Seriously, you don't need to buy a family pack of crockery. All you need is two of everything - plates, bowls, mugs and cutlery. Plus, it means less washing up! Ask your parents if you can take some from home to save some extra cash. 
  2. Bargain shops are your friend
    Think IkeaWilkosAsda and Primark. You don't need to waste your money buying nice bedding, fancy plates or good wine glasses because let's face it, you'll probably ruin them anyway. Cheaper things can be just as nice! 

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  3. DIY outfits
    Fact: fancy dress is a big part of university life but that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune on outfits. You can make some pretty epic outfits yourself with items lying around the house. If all fails, nip into your nearest charity shop and get creative!
  4. Second-hand text books
    Your university might send you a recommended reading list, so instead of heading to WHSmith's or Waterstones, look on your university's Facebook page and see if students are selling their old ones. Amazon and eBay are good for bargains too.

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  5. Get online
    Once you get your UCAS confirmation, find your flatmates on Facebook - we've set up Event Pages so you can meet your new mates. This could save you money on communal items because you can split blenders, toastie machines and coffee machines between you rather than all buying one each. 
  6. New outfits
    New city, new you? There's nothing wrong with that but you don't need a whole new wardrobe - you'll probably wear the same outfits all the time anyway. If you want to go shopping, wait until your loan drops and head to lock-in events. Your student discount will be increased up to 50%!

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You can also check out what is included (and what not to bring) in your Tenancy Handbook which you can find under Booking Info on our website pages. 

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