Every year, A-level students scramble for university places on results day, and for many, the dream of living the life of a student becomes a reality. However, as the date to move into your halls or off-site accommodation draws closer, the list for the essential items you need to ‘survive’ gets bigger.

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 For many students across the world, leaving home to go to university is there first real step into the big wide world. It can be a daunting place with no parental guidance or the familiar surroundings of home. That’s why it is essential to get all of the necessary items in order to take on the life of a university student.

The real question is whether you actually need all of these items. Let’s take a look at some of the top student essentials you’ll need to make your first year at university as productive as possible.

Laptops and Tablets

This is probably the most essential piece of equipment you’re going to need in your first year of university, and thankfully they can be picked up relatively cheaply. In the 21st century, turning up to your lecture without a laptop or tablet is like turning up an exam without a pen; personal computers will not only help you to further your learning, but they also allow you to work anywhere there’s a WIFI connection.

Depending on your course, technology preferences and budget, there are a variety of options available in the laptop and tablet market. From the lightweight and stylish to the storage monsters and high performance machines, you’ll need to assess your course needs before parting with some of your student loan.

For example, if you’re studying a music course, you’ll need a laptop with high performance specs, not only to record your tunes and edit them with specific software, but to store your music collection. On the other hand, if you’re studying a course that is mostly based on writing and surfing the internet, then you should be looking towards the notebook market of laptops. Notebooks are light weight, small, and contain all the software you need to take notes in the class room while taking up unnoticeable regency in your handbag or rucksack. 

The last thing you want to do is go and blow most of your student loan on a laptop that you will never get the most out of. So take your time, do your research and only buy the right laptop or tablet for you.

Digital Tools

Today, every student needs multiple digital tools like Word, a smartphone, video downloading sites, skype, research sites, google earth, and many more to even begin to work in a digital environment.

Study Groups

It’s best for every student to have friends and work in a study group. Working alone limits the sharing of ideas and creates a learning vacuum, inhibiting creativity as well.

David Selle is a former university student that knows all of the trials and tribulations of university life and is keen to spread tips and advice to forthcoming students.

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