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    17 Things Every Fresher Needs Before Starting Uni

    Because we know the fresher fear is real.

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    1. These stunning pastel highlighters that will make your most important notes stand out.

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    Lectures are a real information bomb, and it can be hard to figure out which points are the most important when you're frantically taking everything down. These gorge pastel highlighters will do the job of normal highlighters but in a cuter way!

    Price: £4.

    2. A journal that might actually get you organised.

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    There's so much to keep track of once you get to uni, and you're def going to need a way to organise all the new info coming your way. This organiser has a great layout for making plans, as well as some insanely handy extras, like tearable shopping lists and stickers. Plus, it runs from mid-August 2019 to December 2020, so you won't have to wait to get that type-A goodness from it!

    Price: £14.99.

    3. This sleek and secure card holder, which blocks card-reading apps.

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    Not only are you gonna get more cards than you've owned before once you start uni, you're also going to be out and about more often. This card holder is great for keeping all your plastic together, and because it has RFID blockers, the wallet can help protect you from thieves who use card-scanning apps to clone cards and steal money.

    Price: £11.99.

    4. Add a personal touch to your room with these photo clip string lights, made for hanging pictures.

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    Bring part of yourself into your decor these incredibly cute clip lights, which will upgrade your room while surrounding you with some (fairly adorable) memories!

    Price: £7.28.

    5. This non-screw lock for when you need a bit of space.

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    One of the best things about student life is the social side. There's always something going on, and flatmates and visitors are prob going to be spending a *lot* of time in your room. It's super fun, but after a while, you might actually crave some alone time, or maybe you just want to keep your stuff safe with so many people around. This lock requires no tools to use, and it's really portable, too!

    Price: £11.99.

    6. A USB-friendly bag that's big enough for your laptop and then some.

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    Spending all day at lectures can be demanding, so you'll need something that can carry all your stuff. This roomy blue backpack has a USB port which you can connect to a portable charger for phone emergencies! Plus, its material is durable and eco-friendly. We love (and I mean this) to see it.

    Price: £19.98.

    7. A Crock Pot that makes home cooking really easy.

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    Moving out of home can be exciting, but we can pretty much guarantee you're going to miss home cooking. Between lectures, night life, and maybe a . bit of inexperience, it's easy to lose out on proper meals! Make your mum happy by nabbing a slow cooker, which makes home cooked food easy for students who don't really want to do anything more involved than chucking some ingredients in a pot and leaving it 'til it's done.

    Price: £20.15.

    8. These (super cute) metallic pens.

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    OK, it sounds basic, but you will definitely need pens for uni – why not make them cute? These gorge metallic pens from Papermania come in a packs of eight, and they're great for keeping your ~aesthetic~ while you take your notes.

    Price: £4.90 for a pack of eight.

    9. This super handy bento lunchbox, because eating lunch out adds up.

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    It can be really easy once your course starts to fall into the trap of buying lunch in or near uni, and it can drain your funds super fast. Save yourself from those £4 sandwiches with this bento box, which is great for your wallet and the environment!

    Price: £14.99.

    10. A laundry basket, because a mixed dirty/clean floordrobe should not be an option.

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    We get it – laundry is annoying and when you've just started uni, it's probably the last thing on your mind. A couple of weeks in though, you def don't want a sniff test situation happening! Keep your dirty clothes well away from those lovely fresh ones with one of these adorable laundry baskets. Plus, these baskets are collapsible, so they won't add even more bulk to your pack!

    Price: £11.99.

    11. Listen to your fave podcasts instead of your flatmate's weird kitchen noises with these noise-cancelling headphones.

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    Between commutes, packed flats, and late-night bashes, student life can be really loud. Make sure you have a way to listen to what you want with these noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones, which have a five-star rating!

    Price: £53.99.

    12. Some shower shoes, because it really do be like that sometimes.

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    No matter who your new housemates are going to be, we can pretty much guarantee that you don't want to be sharing their germs. Bacteria breeds like crazy in hot, humid shower environments, so if you're going to have other people in your shower, these highly reviewed shower shoes are def worth a try!

    Price: £2.99- £10.99, depending on size and colour.

    13. A label maker, because common areas can be a free-for-all.

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    When there are so many people living close together, it's genuinely hard to figure out what belongs to who. Avoid the awkward "anyone seen my charger?" texts with this handy label maker.

    Price: £14.00.

    14. Avoid those massive queues for the one working uni printer by getting your own instead.

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    When you have that last-minute submission to make, the last thing you want is to find out that the uni's printer is out of order, or that there's a massive queue in front of it (trust me, I've been there.) Save yourself some major hassle by grabbing this printer, which can print, copy, and scan from your phone!

    Price: £24.99.

    15. This digital photo frame will be there when you need the memories.

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    It might sound a bit sappy, but you might actually end up missing home when you're away (and even if you don't, you'll def want to see all the cute uni outfits you'll rock once you arrive!) Make sure you keep a piece of yourself in your new home with this photo frame, which connects to your phone via Wi-Fi to show you a slideshow of any images you like.

    Price: £42.99.

    16. Save space and organise your stuff with one of these handy hanging organisers.

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    There's likely not going to be a ton of space in your new home, so it makes sense to use what's there in the smartest (and cutest) way possible. Avoid clutter with this gorge organiser, which stores loads of stuff while taking up almost none of your living space!

    Price: £8.99.

    17. Keep your clothes crease-free by using these hangers, instead of throwing them in the base of your new wardrobe.

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    Yes, we know it sounds simple, but it can be hard to remember all those little things which just seem to appear when you're at home. These hangers are designed to pack really close together, so they save space in your wardrobe! Plus, the velvet finish and clips are great for storing all kinds of clothes without damaging them.

    Price: £11.99 for a pack of 12.