The University Survival Guide - What You Need To Make It Through Your First Year

Is it time to head off to university and start your journey as an independent student? Potentially some of the best years of your life are right round the corner, and lucky for you, we have some of the best tips & tricks to help you make it through your first year! We understand that this can be a daunting step to take in life and it is important that it remains as stress free and enjoyable as possible. Read on to discover a few of the necessities.

A Practical (and cool) Bag

First off, you will need a bag that is suitable for carrying around all your lovely new text books. But why stop there? The Current Bag Co Charging Backpack not only comes in cool designs but also includes a charging station so you will never have to worry about your devices running out of battery while on the move. This bag is an absolute game changer that you will not regret investing in.


You will soon feel like you are back in Year 7 when you rock up to your lectures with enough stationery for the whole country. However, it is far better to be prepared rather than awkwardly ask strangers for pens and rulers. Here is a short list of the necessities:

  • Pens and Pencils
  • A4 Writing Pad
  • Highlighters
  • Calculator
  • A Folder
  • Diary (perfect for staying organised and also reduces the risk of missing important dates)


It is likely that this will be the first time that many of you have witnessed having thousands of pounds in your account. It is important to remember that this money is needed to survive over the term and should not be spent all on your wild nights out! We all know how tempting this will be, so be strict with budgets and try your absolute hardest to stick by it. You will be thanking yourself when you can still afford decent meals rather than eating out of date bread and butter.

Kitchen Essentials

One of the biggest things about being independent is the fact that you actually have to cook your own food. Be sure not to go overboard on the kitchen utensils as you will soon find that you probably just use the same pot over and over again. It is also highly likely that your flat mates will be willing to share their supplies. As long as you have a wok, saucepan, cutlery set, tongs, baking tray and tupperwear; you’ll be good to go.