Back to University stationary essentials

I believe this post is something that will be helpful for a lot of people. Especially if you are just about to begin University or even if you are going back into your next year. Sometimes it is just useful to have a list you can always go back to, and this will help make sure you have everything that you need throughout your University year.

So I am going back to university to study my masters. It has been a couple of years since I have been at university, but I am aware of things that I will need for my course that will help me.

So today I will be focusing on

Back to University Stationary Essentials!

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I cannot stress enough how many pens I go through (mainly because I think I misplace them). Therefore, for me it is an essential to stock up on pens. However, some people do prefer to use their laptop during lectures to type up their notes, so if this is for you then you probably don’t need buy pens.

Personally I work better with writing down my notes and then organising them into folders. So having my stock of pens is handy when you have a lot of notes to be taking throughout the year.


This aligns with the one above as you obviously need something to write your notes on. Again this one might not be for you if you will be using your laptop.

I usually head over to WHSmith as they tend to have some great deals in the UK for back to school stationary. I tend to pick up about three large lined notebooks, and these will last me the whole year. Sometimes I have a spare one which is great for the following year or even to use in my personal life.

The ones I found in Smiths is great because it has a timetable at the front which can help you keep track of your schedule, so I love that! It was part of the “College” notebook collection.

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These are some extras that I personally like to have. Firstly, highlighters I always tend to carry with me. I find these are great for me to go over my lecture notes and pinpoint bits that I feel are most important or to further research.

In addition I’m a sucker for a post it note, don’t know why but I just love them. I find these are great for me to keep my work organised. They are also great at writing my to do lists on, or work that needs to be given a priority, or even deadline dates. I just find them super handy.

Lastly I always love to have a stapler as its just handy for me to keep my work all together. This is especially essential when you have loads of notes from different lectures.

These extras are completely up to your personal preferences though, I am just sharing what I love using.

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If you are new to the area and this is your first time at the University then I cannot stress enough how important it is to get yourself a map. I actually got given one when I visited the University which I kept. However, they do hand them out around the University as well.

I cannot count how many times I got lost during my degree in those first few weeks. But the map was a life saver.

I moved away to Portsmouth when I was studying my degree (and I am originally from London). Therefore, I did not have a clue where anything was. I am lucky I was ok at reading the map and I managed to find everything fine.

A mac computer on a white desk, with a couple of plants either side, some black and white notebooks on top of eachother with two pens on them. There is a cup of hot drink in front of it, a phone, and some reading books scattered either side of the computer.
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Other essentials checklist

  • Laptop
  • Rulers
  • Calculators
  • Flask for hot drinks (if you want)
  • Pencils and rubbers
  • Reading books from your reading list

Every course is different but you should have a rough idea of what you will need for your specific course. Also there is other little bits which I have not mentioned here but I will consider as well.

Thanks for reading, good luck if you are heading off to university!

Have you been to University or going to University? Are there essentials you reccommend taking?

Gemmaa Jayne x

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