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Back to University in 2020

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The Coronavirus has had a huge impact on everyday living and heading back to lectures this year might not be possible. There’s going to be a balance of virtual and face-to-face education. So, this heading back to university is going to be a little different.

The one thing that’s certain is that you’ll still be getting the education one way or another. When it comes to studying, there’s a few essentials that should be on your shopping list. So, we’ve put together a few things that will help you on your way.

Cracking Kit for Creativity

There are a ton of different degrees with a focus on the creative. These can be digital arts, music-related or even writing. So, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the right gear to express yourselves through your creations.

You’ll need the essentials like pencils, pens and paper, whether it’s for sketching or jotting down ideas. But there’s plenty more you can check out to give your art a boost. A camera is a great addition to any aspiring artists arsenal. It allows you to capture inspiration and create some beautiful images.

A good workspace is essential for traditional artists. You’ll want to be working comfortably, whether it’s a big enough desk, or some space for an easel. It’s also a great idea to get some good lighting. Whether you’re a photographer or a painter, you’ll want to shine a little light on your subject.

There are plenty of essential programmes for artists. You can check out programmes like ProCreate and Sketchbook Pro for your tablet, or you’re looking to do some photo and video editing with Adobe Photoshop or Premiere Pro. There are usually some incredible student discounts on the Adobe Creative Suite, so it’s worth looking into for a saving.

The Works is perfect for finding a ton of budget-friendly stationary, so you can stock up on essentials.

Ryman have everything you need to get creative in your studies, from painting and drawing to pens and printers.

eBay is perfect for finding second-hand equipment like cameras and lighting if you need costly equipment for less.

Top Student Tech

For students studying something a little more tech orientated, a good, reliable computer is a must. A decent computer is essential for tech, editing or graphic design studies. Not to mention, some good Antivirus software is great for keeping your machine healthy.

Once again, you’ll want to make your workspace is comfortable. Sitting at a computer for a while at a time can lead to back pain, so a good chair is a must. A second monitor can be a lifesaver too if you’ve got a couple of things going on at once.

Naturally, working on a computer means you’ll need the right programmes. Solid word processors like Microsoft Word, or free options like Apache Open Office are handy. Dedicated spreadsheet programmes like Microsoft Excel are essential for data-heavy studies. There are also good programmes for developers, like Notepad++ or Eclipse.

Sometimes it’s best to get back to basics with your learning, so start stocking up on books. For the multi-taskers out there, it’s worth checking out audiobook services like Audible. Otherwise, filling a bookshelf with some essential reads can help you immerse yourself in the subject.

Currys is the perfect place to shop for essential electronics like laptops and tablets.

Amazon have a huge range of books and you can check out their Audible service for essential Audiobooks.

Norton offer quality antivirus software, so you can stay safe online.

Make Your Space Your Own

Whether you’re studying from home, or moving into student accommodation, it’s a great idea to make your space your own. Whether that means adding a personal touch with a few posters, or de-cluttering your room so you can focus on your studies, there’s plenty you can do to upgrade your personal space.

Creatives might want to get a little inspiration around the room. Whether it’s a few of your favourite quotes, putting up prints of your favourite art pieces, or filling a bookshelf with your favourite works. Immersing yourself in the subject is a great way to get those creative juices flowing.

Having a personal space that you want to spend time in is a must. So, decorate it the way you like it and try to avoid living out of your suitcase if you’re heading back to university accommodation. Get some plants, and maybe a nice rug for a pop of colour. That way your room can be a place to relax, and a place to smash those essays.

Another great way to increase productivity is to get organised. Calendars, diaries and notebooks are a great way to keep track of everything and get your ideas down. Keep your desk organised too, so you can make sure you’ve got a space to focus in.

Photobox have a ton of great solutions for calendars and notebooks, and you can personalise them too.

Wayfair have a bunch of home décor ideas so you can make your space your own.

Back to University Essentials

While heading back to university accommodation might not be on the cards with studies going virtual, it’s still a great idea to check out some of the everyday essentials to make sure you’re living your best life throughout the semester.

Get kitted out for the kitchen with essentials like cutlery, plates, bowls and cooking utensils, so you can make sure you’re eating like royalty during your studies. You can find a ton of retailers doing back to university sales, so it’s worth shopping around for serious student savings.

You’ll want to keep on top of your daily routine, whether that’s toothpaste, towels or toilet paper, so it’s worth baring in mind for that first big shop of the academic year. 

A great way to keep on top of your personal health is to make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep. You’ll want to be well rested so you’re making the most of your studies, so stock up on comfy bedding, get yourself a hot water bottle and don’t forget to bring your favourite teddy bear.

George at Asda have a huge range of bedding and home necesseties, and all for a student-friendly price.

Dunelm  have everything you need to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time in the kitchen and the bathroom.

Gousto offer a ton of ingredient boxes with delicious recipes, so you can eat well even if you’ve never spent much time in the kitchen.

Head Back to University

So, whether you’re heading to the lecture hall, or learning from your bedroom, there’s plenty you can do to make sure you’re kitted out for the new semester. With the right gear and a space to get your head down, you’ll be posing for a picture with your diploma before you know it.

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