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Uni essentials for lectures, lifestyle and everything in between.

Uni essentials

For lectures, lifestyle and everything in between

Uni essentials

Amazon Echo Dot 5th Gen Smart Speaker With Alexa - Blue and HP 15s-fq5021na 15.6in i5 8GB 256GB Laptop Bundle - Silver

Technology essentials

From laptops to noise-cancelling headphones, browse our tech must-haves to stay productive and entertained all semester long.

Habitat Mushroom 40cm Metal Table Lamp - Green and Argos Home Plain Standard Pillowcase Pair - Grey

Bedroom essentials

Make your space the perfect haven for sleep, study, and relaxation. Explore cosy bedding, storage, lighting, decor, and more.

Habitat Matte Glaze 4 Piece Stoneware Pasta Bowls - Teal and Argos Home 6 Piece Utensil Set with Stand - Black.

Kitchen essentials

Cook up a storm and impress friends with versatile cookware, handy utensils, stylish dinnerware, and more.

Argos Home 14m 3 Tier Indoor Clothes Airer and Argos Home 5 Piece Bathroom Accessory Starter Pack.

Bathroom & laundry essentials

From plush towels to sleek storage solutions, find everything you need to stay squeaky clean and organised.

Casio FX-991CW Scientific Calculator and Sharpie Pack of 3 Assorted Gel Pens - Multicolour.

Study essentials

Set up your perfect study space with stationery, lamps, chairs, and more for ultimate focus and productivity.

Oral-B Vitality Pro Electric Toothbrush - Blue and TRESemme Smooth & Shine Power 2200 Hair Dryer.

Health & beauty essentials

Look and feel your best with hair dryers, toothbrushes and more!

LEGO® Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Owlery With Toy Owls 76430 and Skullcandy Hesh Evo Wireless Over-Ear Headphones - Black.

Leisure essentials

Uni's about more than just lectures! Dive into games, consoles, and gadgets to unwind like a pro.

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Clothing essentials

Nail your uni look. From comfy tees to stylish hoodies, we've got you covered.

Opti Neoprene Dumbbell Set - 2 x 3kg and Mitre Final Size 5 Football.

Sports essentials

Stay active on campus. Find top-notch gear, fitness, smart tech, and bikes to keep you moving and energised all day.

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Prepare for the start of the academic year with our range of uni essentials. If you’re moving away from home for the first time and wondering what to take to uni, we’ve got loads of essentials to help you make a comfy space in halls or your shared house. 

What to take to uni

Most universities will give you a uni packing list if you’re moving to halls, but you might also want to take along some extra university essentials, so you’ve got all the home comforts.

If you’re away from home for the first time, you’ll need a set of cookware so you can keep yourself fuelled during those long study days. Our student kitchen sets are ideal for first years, as they come with the basic pots and pans that you’ll need as well as essentials you might have forgotten like tin openers and utensils. You might also want to take a dinner set, so you’ve got enough plates, bowls, and mugs for when friends come over.  
Your room is your sanctuary away from your housemates at uni. So, it’s worth taking some things along to personalise the space and make it cosy. Start with a colourful bedding set and some comfy pillows and cushions. A mattress topper can also be an excellent buy if the mattress in your room has seen better days.

There are lots of little things you can add to your room to make it more like a home. Add some picture frames with photos of friends or family, or a cosy bean bag for when you need to curl up and read. Some fun fairy lights create a warm glow and make a space feel more welcoming. 
Whether you’re sharing a bathroom or have lucked out and have an en-suite, add some bathroom accessories to make the space more like home.  A new shower curtain or shower caddy can make a big difference. And don’t forget to pack a set of towels

Study time

When exams or that big essay deadline are just around the corner, make sure you have everything you need for those long study days. A laptop should be top of your uni essentials list, and you might want to add an external hard drive to back up those important projects.  Avoid the queues at the library by taking your own printer. And if you prefer to keep handwritten notes, our student essentials range includes stationery such as pens and notepads, so make sure you’re stocked up when you arrive. 

Gifts for students

Is your loved one heading off to uni? We’ve got lots of ideas for gifts for university students that they’ll appreciate as they take the next step. From games consoles to help them unwind after studying is done, to noise-cancelling headphones to help them focus in a busy, noisy environment, you’ll find lots of thoughtful gifts. A mini fridge is a popular gift for those off to halls. It means they can have store chilled drinks and snacks in their room, and it can even be used for beauty products. Why not put together a university starter pack for the new student? You could include essentials for university such as kitchen gadgets, plus snacks and toiletries, so they’ve got everything they need when they arrive.