Home comforts to take to uni.

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EauDeChlorine Sun 18-Aug-19 14:51:48

DD will be off in a few weeks time so need to get ourselves organised... She will be staying at the Uni’s on campus accommodation. The room is a reasonable size but ever so bland! She has a small on suite bathroom and a few shared cooking facilities. Apart from the obvious items any recommendations of things to take? I’m trying to put a bag together with bits and pieces to make the room a bit more comfy and less bland. Recommendations greatly appreciated. Thank you

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BubblesBuddy Sun 18-Aug-19 15:00:52

I would ask her to do it! Usually photos, a cuddly toy (one of mine took a bear, the other a unicorn), a poster or two if there is a notice board in the room - don’t ever use blu tak. A keepsake box for whatever she wants to put in it. They will charge for removing it. Mine tended to collect “stuff” as they went along. Fun blanket or duvet covers.

BubblesBuddy Sun 18-Aug-19 15:01:33

They will charge for removing the blu tak I meant!

ArthurtheCatsHumanSlave Sun 18-Aug-19 16:05:42

Fleece blanket/throw, cushions, rug, fairy lights, cactus, framed photos and prints, there is special tape you can get now which is really strong but doesn't leave a mark (sorry can't remember what it is called), a bean bag if there is room and it can fit in the car!

Ligresa Sun 18-Aug-19 16:33:26

Mine will take
Mattress topper
Cosy throw and lots of cushions and pillows
Desk lamp
Bedside lamp
Framed photos of family and horse! (Although shes hiding the horse one in case they think shes a posh idiot)
Bath mat
Towelling dressing gown
Fluffy socks
Battery fairy lights

raspberryrippleicecream Sun 18-Aug-19 16:36:23

Yes to all the above. Mine had a notice boards, do drawing pins/fancy pins.

DD's room last year was very, very hot (top floor, window only opened a little way). Her desktop tower fan was invaluable.

raspberryrippleicecream Sun 18-Aug-19 16:38:46

DD also appreciated Ribena for some TLC when she was poorly.


proseccoaficionado Sun 18-Aug-19 16:39:30

Ohhhh I just got a bit nostalgic... back in the day when I came to uni in Scotland (from an European country) I was 18 and knew no one! I had my teddy bear(a small teddy bear named Hansblush) and a lot pictures and a few smelly candles

Mitebiteatnite Sun 18-Aug-19 16:42:08

A nice houseplant grin
Depending on the light levels a Pothos is a good choice, or a ZZ plant if not much natural light. I think it always makes a room feel complete somehow, it's my go to present for someone leaving home for the first time or moving house.

Mitebiteatnite Sun 18-Aug-19 16:42:47

Also a Reed diffuser if they're not allowed candles (a lot of uni accommodation doesn't)

latedecember1963 Sun 18-Aug-19 16:50:42

My DS took a fleece blanket, some photos, a couple of favourite books, his slippers,a door stop and a small fluffy polar bear called Henry that he'd won in a tombola way back in primary school.

The door stop was at the suggestion of mumsnetters as a way of being sociable in halls where the room doors are self closing.

He's currently having a study year in Australia and the door stop and Henry went with him.

HettyStThomas Sun 18-Aug-19 16:56:30

A rug. I remember taking my younger brother to his halls many years ago. A rug and a nice plump duvet and cushion helped to make it seem nicer. If she's allowed to have posters on the wall they'll help to brighten the room too.

rosedream Sun 18-Aug-19 16:57:16

I bought mine a rug from Aldi good size and only £6 . It's made the room look cosy.

Also bought room reed air fresheners from wilko. They were about £3 each. One for bedroom and one for bathroom. The vanilla one smells lovely and lasts.

More extravagant. Bean bag seat to put in sitting area as not enough room on sofas for all of them.

Picture hangers that stick to the wall and don't leave a mark when you pull them off.

Bakeandyarn Sun 18-Aug-19 17:23:41

One small thing I did was wash all his new bedding so it smelt like home, and it made me feel a bit better knowing I’d done it. He had a treat box too, sweets and chocolate mostly!

Bakeandyarn Sun 18-Aug-19 17:24:46

He was also really glad to have earplugs too for the first few weeks, halls were pretty noisy and it helped him get used to the noise and get some sleep.

Serin Sun 18-Aug-19 19:28:35

My lovely sister has bought him a tub filled with all sorts of student essentials, marmite, nutella, peanut butter, chocolate bars, muesli, biscuits, energy bars, batteries, malt loaf, toiletries. She is an angel.
We have already done the IKEA trip and got a rug, throw, mugs and an octopus sock hanger.

Mustbetimeforachange Sun 18-Aug-19 20:37:18

Condoms grin
DS just announced that he needed to sleep under any new covers for a night to make sure they are ok! He has always had Ikea ones (100% cotton) and I recently made the mistake of buying him a sainsburys one in the sale. He says it's too "nylon-y".
Yes to fleecy blanket. I made A3 photo posters with pictures of family, friends & animals which will fit on the notice board.

Rosieposy4 Sun 18-Aug-19 20:42:21

Mine is sad he isn’t allowed pets, apparently he had intended to take his favourite of our cats!

Itsnearly2020 Sun 18-Aug-19 20:52:45

I had a cushion printed with a photo of our cats, my son’s loved it!

Vasya Sun 18-Aug-19 21:00:09

Soft furnishings (quilt, blanket, bolster, cushions)

Fairy lights



Have a look at the 'dorm room' tag on Pinterest - there are lots of good ideas there.

Bronzegate Sun 18-Aug-19 22:03:11

In terms of going-to-university gifts:
- His younger siblings clubbed together and bought him a personalised mug with the (non-embarrassing) family nickname they have for him.
- I bought him an enamel cat keyring with the same colouring as the family cat.
- We had a small photobook printed of his life from 0-18
- I gave him a large art print of a map of his university city, because the noticeboard in his room was vast and because he is notorious for getting lost.

In terms of physical comfort, he took:
- A double fleece blanket.
- A large Ikea cushion so he could prop himself up in bed and work on his laptop.
- Fuzzy socks.
These were all things from his room at home, not bought new for going to university.

Bronzegate Sun 18-Aug-19 22:09:07

A rug is useful in case the carpet is threadbare or stained. It doesn't have to be a thick rug.
They were not allowed candles. DS took a pot of fragrance spheres.
The hall of residence gave out free cacti on moving in day and then there was a houseplant sale in Fresher's week.

Definitelyrandom Sun 18-Aug-19 22:31:27

Mine had enough mugs (football, cricket teams and so on) to open a shop. Beer glasses. Prints/lithographs from their bedrooms at home, photos, favourite books, interesting calendars. Neither DSs took cuddly toys from their bedrooms, unsurprisingly.......(as far as I knew). Duvet covers that they had used at home. Cushions.

MillicentMartha Sun 18-Aug-19 23:22:12

I put a £10 note in a frame with ‘In emergency break glass’ on it. It was DS’s birthday a few days in so I gave him a covered shoe box with lots of cheap treats in, chocolate bars, mini cereal boxes, haribo, some beer etc. Also a few tools like two screwdrivers, pliers etc, just in case and a torch.

He had a cactus from home, a colourful fleecy throw for his bed. Best present was a memory foam mattress topper!

MillicentMartha Sun 18-Aug-19 23:25:42


Removable wall stickers were good for decoration.

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