After this post last week where I discussed my university must haves, I thought I would write a follow up ‘university anti haul’, where I discuss the things I wish I hadn’t taken to uni and didn’t use. I wish I had seen this post before I came to university, as it would have saved me a lot of space (and money!).
I had no idea what photos to take for this post, so instead I thought to include some outfit photos that I took last month of my friend Molly’s jumpsuit from her get noticed collection. Its a bit of a weird post to include this in but I liked the photos so oh well!
Here are 5 things in my university anti haul:
In my hometown, people tend to wear heels on a night out and that is what I have always been used to. When I moved to uni, I took so many pairs of heels with me thinking that I would need them for nights out, and I think I wore a pair once (and regretted it). Thats why its now part of my university anti haul! Most people wear trainers on a night out, as its super comfy and easy when you are walking to and from your accommodation. Because uni nights out are so frequent, people are less likely to dress up, so trainers are more than fine to wear in clubs. Save the space in your wardrobe, maybe bring one black pair that go with everything for special occasions and bring more trainers instead!
Unnecessary kitchen items
There are so many kitchen items that you think are necessary but just really aren’t. People have such high hopes of cooking and baking at uni, but the short of it is that you won’t do it very often and most of your kitchen utensils will just be hiding in the back of the drawer. I know a lot of people that brought baking items to uni with them, and haven’t baked for the entire year! Save the space, and if you do want to do some baking then go and get the ingredients when you need them instead of just saving them for a rainy day A spatula, tongs and some wooden spoons are must haves, and most other kitchen utensils are part of the ‘university anti haul’ as they will only be used once for the whole year (or you will just use your friends instead).
Your whole wardrobe
Wardrobe space in university halls is quite small, and you don’t want it to be crowded with things and overflowing. As part of my university anti haul, I would definitely recommend not taking you whole wardrobe and only taking seasonal pieces. More often than not you will come home at Christmas and easter anyway, where you can change your wardrobe and bring more seasonal pieces back to university. It saves space, and it feels like you have a whole new wardrobe each semester. Win win!
My family bought an iron for me to take to university, and it has a very firm place in the university anti haul as it has been used once the whole year (and that wasn’t even me, it was my boyfriend ironing his shirt). It is never used, and most things don’t need ironing anyway. If you do need something ironing, most student accommodation have an iron anyway (there was one in the main kitchen in Manchester) and you could always just hang it up in the bathroom whilst you have a shower. Save your money, and don’t buy one… trust me you won’t need it.
Your course books/textbooks
Most modules publish a reading list before the semester starts, and before I moved to university I bought all of the ones that were listed. Im not saying that you won’t need to buy textbooks as you most certainly will, but a lot of the reading lists are not necessary or you can access online with the university library for free. For example, I bought every single book on my politics reading list, turns out you only need to read a chapter of the book and they were all able to be accessed online. Wait a few weeks, save your money and only order the ones you need when you know more about the module.
I hope that this ‘university anti haul’ post was useful, as its a bit different to what I have done before and I wish I could have read something like this when I started university. If you are a current student, let me know if there any other things that you can think of, because I’m sure I will have forgotten things!