With the start of the university term nearly upon us, students across the UK will be packing up their belongings in preparation for the move into student accommodation. To help make the process of packing a little bit easier we asked 1000 students what they would be taking with them at the start of the September term and what they’ll be missing the most.
The weird and wonderful
Ornamental swords and floor to ceiling posters of Princess Diana are just a few of the weird and wonderful things the country’s students will be taking with them. Inflatables were the most popular item, with 10% of students planning to take some sort of blow-up paraphernalia. Obscure fancy dress, paddling pools and unicycles will also be appearing across campuses this year.
The good intentioned among you packing Irons and vacuum cleaners are seemingly wasting your time. Both were named as items students take to university but never use.
Despite the seemingly endless entertainment possibilities of a world filled with hammocks and air horns, 16% of students admitted they still miss their parents while at university but more than 30% admitted it was their parents cooking which they missed the most.
Despite the eclectic mix of entertainment, 16% of students admitted they still miss their parents while at university. 30% admitted it was their parents cooking which they missed the most.
In a new, strange environment it can be easy to feel homesick. To help combat the pangs for parents or friends left behind, it is important to make your student room feel homey; something which can easily be achieved with just a few finishing touches.
You can find more ways to spruce up your student room on our guide to decorating small spaces.
To help any undecided packers or first year students unsure of what to expect, we have produced an interactive map, showing you the reality of student life in your region.