Top Tips for University

Sending a teen off to university this month? Here’s our at-a-glance guide for those must-have essentials…

1) Pack one or two sets of bedding including pillows, duvet, sheet, duvet cover and pillowcases.

2) Don’t rely on phone alarms to get them out of bed. Invest in an alarm clock that has an extra loud alarm bell to ensure prompt attendance at those 9am lectures. Try the Acctim Superbell clock, which costs £12.22,  available at Amazon – click here to order online.

3) For budget furniture that is tough enough to withstand student living, you can’t beat Ikea for the basics – find your nearest store here. Candis tip: Take a list and stick to it – it’s easy to get carried away and buy more than you require!

4) Pack a couple of mugs, plates, bowls, knives, forks and spoons. Aldi have some great offers on kitchenware at the moment. Check out the latest ‘Special Buys’ as you can pick up a 16-piece dinner set for just £9.99. Hurry though, as these offers are only available as stocks last!

5) Cleaning won’t be top of any student’s agenda but sneak in a pack of anti-bacterial wipes for every eventuality.

6) A first aid kit, including plasters, antiseptic wipes and paracetamol, is a must-have.

Don’t forget…

* Railcard: At £28 for the year, a 16-25 Railcard is a worthwhile investment for travelling home and visiting friends at other universities as it saves a third on rail fares throughout the UK. If a railcard is offered as part of a new student account, take up the offer right away as it may be time-limited

* Student account: Always shop around for the best deal even at this late stage. It’s key to consider overdraft agreements as well as sign up incentives. Candis tip: Natwest offer a free four-year railcard with every student account opened, worth over £100.

* TV licence: Many students forget that when they stream live TV on their laptops, they require a TV licence to do so. Even if your hall has a licence that covers communal areas, you will need your own to cover your room. Students found guilty of evading the licence fee are given a criminal record and can be fined up to £1,000. Failure to pay this fee would lead to a jail sentence.

* Student discount: Wait until the university has issued student cards if you need to invest in equipment such as iPad/laptops for studying – the likes of Apple offer a ten per cent discount to students with a valid card. And if you buy a Mac, other great discounts include £70 Student Gift Card to use on apps, books, music and movies.

* Register with a new GP: It is important to register with a GP during Freshers’ Week. Most universities have a medical centre on campus or work with a local centre, so check the university website or induction pack for more details.

Student Suppers

Are you worried that they aren’t going to be feeding themselves properly? Why not print these budget recipes for them…

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