Students share their advice on what to bring to university – as learned from bitter experience. Compiled by Alfie Packham

Bring bedding – you don’t want to sleep on a bare mattress. Bring tape, too, to close gaps between your bed and your wall. It’s how I lost a new phone for five days. Mat Boersma, English student, Manchester Metropolitan University


Bring a doorstop. On your first day it can be a benefit to wedge your door open – it’s inviting for flatmates to introduce themselves and gets you off to a social start. Hannah, politics student, University of York A garlic press, a good knife and a...

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