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3littlefrogs Fri 12-Sep-08 11:50:01

Ds1 goes off to uni next week. He will be in university accommodation, (6 bedrooms and shared kitchen).

I have made a list of all the basics - cutlery, crockery,bedding, towels,cleaning stuff etc.

Does anyone have any tips for things that I should get for him that would be really useful but I might not have thought of?

Thanks in advance for all ideas.

gonaenodaethat Fri 12-Sep-08 11:52:40

cookbook
paracetamol (hangovers in freshers week!)

AMumInScotland Fri 12-Sep-08 12:04:39

coffee/teabags/sugar/whitener/biscuits - very helpful for making friends the first day, specially lots of biscuits!

Hassled Fri 12-Sep-08 12:11:37

Agree re a good basic cookbook. A basic saucepan set if the kitchen isn't equipped. A kettle and some mugs for his room? Loo roll! I also did a basic first aid kit - plasters, painkillers, antiseptic wipes. And some initial basic food - a bag of pasta and some sauce, bread, tins of beans, tomatoes - enough for a couple of meals at least.

My DS1 is now spending third Uni year in Berlin on an exchange scheme, and DD is off at the end of the month for first year - it's a weird feeling, isn't it? On the one hand they're clearly ready to leave home, on the other hand it doesn't seem like a week since you took them into Reception class.

dancedance Fri 12-Sep-08 12:21:11

Extension leads with extra sockets - laptop, printer, lamp, straightners (maybe not for ds!) etc will need more than the standard 2 sockets they provide.

First aid stuff is a good one, he's bound to carve his finger when attempting to cook.

With 6 of them don't worry about toaster, kettle, etc. Someone will have one! And if not they can club together for them.

Some beers and cake or biscuits. good for handing round.

DD just going into 2nd year, we just had some photos developed and found some of her moving in that we'd forgotten about which was nice. So don't forget the camera for a few sly shots as he'll prob want rid of you once you sorted, transported, and paid for shopping hmm

3littlefrogs Fri 12-Sep-08 12:36:51

Thanks - this is great. It is so hard to think of everything.

brightwell Fri 12-Sep-08 12:45:34

When my dp's dd went to uni I bought her a kettle, toaster & a george grill. I also did a "leaving home box" with things like looroll,kitchen roll, biscuits, chocolate, paracetamol, jar of hot choc, a couple of bottles of wine, pasta, pesto & tuna. Tea towels & washing up liquid, cling film. She was impressed with the box.

laweaselmys Fri 12-Sep-08 12:57:28

Big box of tissues and some extra blankets for freshers flu... the heating won't be on until october.

laweaselmys Fri 12-Sep-08 12:58:13

He will also probably end up with a mini-fridge in his room. Everybody does!

girlsnextdoor Fri 12-Sep-08 15:16:16

you need to check that uni will allow kettles in bedrooms- some don't due to H&S rules- ditto toasters etc.

If he is going to cook, best bet is a store cupboard of stand bys as people have said-pasta, cans, sauces, tea, coffee, washing powder, etc- oh, and condoms, lol.

Libra Fri 12-Sep-08 15:21:35

Washing powder for clothes and some washing-up liquid?

jesuswhatnext Fri 12-Sep-08 15:25:33

i was going to suggest an iron, then thought ' duh, daft tart, hes off to uni, he will be looking crumpled for the next few years'grin

juuule Fri 12-Sep-08 15:26:36

Our ds just took bedding, his laptop, clothes and his guitar.

Went shopping for groceries etc once we'd gone and he discussed with new flatmates what they needed. We'd done a quick tour of the campus to find out where the shop, restaurant, cash machine were.

Self-catering student halls, so kitchen had utensils etc.

juuule Fri 12-Sep-08 15:33:09

Oh yes, forgot his crockery and cutlery for 1.

flatmouse Fri 12-Sep-08 15:42:37

bottle opener
instructions on how to use launderette (house of 5 girls my first year and NONE of us knew how!)
radio
phone card?
I feel old now...it was nearly 20 yrs ago that i went!

LollipopViolet Fri 12-Sep-08 18:44:00

Camera (for freshers week funny pics)
Enough money to last til student loan comes through (apparently sometimes they mess it up)
Picture of the family (he might miss you!)

Can't think of anything else, but then I am living at home Still nervous though, Welcome Week starts Monday for me!

catweazle Fri 12-Sep-08 18:59:41

bluetack, string, scissors

RustyBear Fri 12-Sep-08 19:04:53

DS (just going into his 3rd year at Warwick) says vodka and chocolate cake are better ice-breakers than coffee & biscuits grin

3littlefrogs Fri 12-Sep-08 19:56:37

Vodka and chocolate cake - and condoms? shock

There was me thinking he was going to be studying! grin

compo Fri 12-Sep-08 19:58:13

we got a freshers pack that had a small carton of Daz in it, can't remember what else was in it, but that Daz lasted me that whole first term blush

mumeeee Fri 12-Sep-08 22:39:44

Duvet and pilows were provided at DD1's.
Shh took some crokery,cutlery and some basic kitchen utensils.I also gave her a students cook book which she found handy.
She took her laptop which was an essential item as she had a lot of course work.

ethanchristopher Sun 14-Sep-08 11:42:29

get him a mini fridge for his room cause everybody steals milk... so im told

Lilymaid Sun 14-Sep-08 17:27:46

Vodka and chocolate cake (as previously mentioned) goes down well with new friends on first night. DS bought a George Foreman Grill - but to start with they will probably live on dial a pizza.
Cosy blanket for the inevitable freshers flu and extension leads/adaptors.
All these were previously mentioned but are vital.
Bluetak for posters? Washing tablets rather than powder so they don't put too much in machine.
Bottle opener and a small tool kit.

mumeeee Sun 14-Sep-08 18:06:22

Ask about mimi fridges before you nuy one. DD1 was not allowed these her room in halls.

3littlefrogs Sun 14-Sep-08 18:21:37

This is great - I am making a list smile

Thanks everyone - I knew there would be things I hadn't thought of.

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