Heading to university? Here are 9 essentials you need for first year

If you’re moving into a dorm room, these must-have items will help you through first year

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Starting university or heading back to your college campus? Then you need these nine essentials to get you through your first year… and second, and third and even fourth!

Living in a university dorm is a unique experience. As someone who left university six years ago (wow, I feel old), I massively enjoyed living in shared accommodation but it wasn’t exactly the most beautiful place I’ve ever stayed. The bed I was given was smaller than a single, my teeny tiny ensuite was infested with mould and my radiator didn’t work. So, if I could go back in time and bring these items with me, my first year would have been much more comfortable… and hygienic!

From the best mattress topper to the best air fryer, these essentials will help you through your first year and make your room more comfortable and ready for studying.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out T3’s Back To School Month and if you’re looking for tech-related picks, these are the 5 best laptops for college and uni students.

University essentials for your dorm room

Bethan Girdler-Maslen
Home Editor

Beth is Home Editor for T3, looking after style, living and wellness. From the comfiest mattresses to what strange things you can cook in an air fryer, Beth covers sleep, yoga, smart home, coffee machines, grooming tools, fragrances, gardening and much more. If it's something that goes in your house, chances are Beth knows about it and has the latest reviews and recommendations! She's also in the know about the latest deals and discount codes from top brands and retailers.

Having always been passionate about writing, she’s written for websites, newspapers and magazines on a variety of topics, from jewellery and culture, to food and telecoms. You can find her work across numerous sites, including Wedding Ideas Magazine, Health & Wellbeing, The Bristol Post, Fashion & Style Directory, TechRadar, CreativeBloq and more. In her spare time, Beth enjoys running, reading, baking and attempting craft projects that will probably end in disaster!