The time has come to move out, head to college and try to fend for yourself. Starting your first year of college can be a daunting thought. So we at Limerick One Shopping Park have made a list of the top 9 college essentials that every student needs.
Make your life easier and make the most out of what little space you’ll have in your room with a trip to The Range. Under the bed roll-out organizers are great for extra jackets or shoes. Hanging shelves are perfect for underwear and socks, and desk organizers are great for school supplies or makeup.
2. The little things
This probably isn't as important as food, but it might just save you some night when you’re wondering what to do with your friends and have no money to go to the student bar. A deck of cards, Monopoly and Cludo are a great way to keep you and your pals entertained. Smyths have a wide variety of board games that are great for late nights, eating pizza and making the memories you will cherish looking back on your college days.
3. Unpredictable weather
Going to college here in Ireland, we should all be prepared for any type of weather. So pack your winter woollies, hot water bottles and a spare blanket for those cold days. Expect plenty of rainy days, so an umbrella is a great investment that will fit right into your pocket or handbag. Last but not least, a good pair of shoes is essential and will get you through the rain, snow and those frosty mornings. If you forgot to pack any of the above make sure to stop by Next, Dunnes Stores, Dorothy Perkins or Burton they will have all your college wear essentials and more.
4. There's always one
Whether its earphones, a phone charger or a laptop charger, you will surely manage to forget at least one! Having a spare pair of earphones in your accommodation is a good idea. That way you’ll never be without your music. A USB stick is something that will be your saving grace when you’re working from college computers and need to keep your files on you. Another must-have for college is a portable USB charger. These are lifesavers on long days for when your phone dies. Stop by Maplin and grab all your earphones, headphones and charger needs, they always have great student deals too.
Packing for college means having to find a duvet, pillow, sheets and the list can go on. The start of the new college year is a great time to shop around as plenty of stores within Limerick One stock up on college essentials. The Range and Harry Corry have an amazing selection of homeware bargains. This includes cushions, fairy lights and storage boxes, along with bath mats, pillows and duvets. Who said your room can't be as stylish as your wardrobe?
Maplin have handpicked the very best laptops and tablets for college students and have a great range of accessories to go with them. Whether you’re after a budget laptop for basic work, or something a little more advanced for running large applications like Photoshop; they’ve got you covered. Their laptops offer you the biggest savings, and gives you even more spec for your money.
7. A good value bag
Between your laptop, books and notepads; it can feel like you're going back to secondary school carrying around a heavy bag. That's why a good value bag is important to make your life that little bit easier. There are some great options from Life Style and Sports Direct that are very affordable ranging from the €19.99 to €29.99. It may not be on the top of your college essential list, but it might just come in handy when you least expect it.
8. Student cooking
There’s a tonne of info online and studentrecipes.com is a good start. Check out the BBC Good Food website; it’s always a winner. With easy to follow instructions and simple ingredients, you can be sure to be provided with nutritious meals that won't break the bank. Argos has a wide variety of George Forman grills ranging from €21.44 - €99.99 and nutri bullets to get you through your college year without surviving on take always and pot noodles.
Now that you’ve got all the college essentials, you’ll be one hundred percent ready for your first year and some essentials might just bring you through to the very end. It’s true what they say, these will be some of the best years of your life so make sure to make the most of it.
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