Autumn means thoughts turn to cosy jumpers, countdown to Halloween and Christmas, and more immediate changes – like going back to school. For university students who are moving into residence halls, it's also time to start thinking about those room storage ideas and organisation essentials for student digs to get the new term started smoothly. Since convenience when it comes to shopping these key items is a must, we’ve created a list of the best uni room buys on Amazon to help set up a small student living space in a way that is comfortable, chic and practical.
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What should you pack for university?
Since uni will be your home away from home, you want to make sure you have all the essentials you need for daily life both in terms of comfort and practicality. You'll need to make sure to pack bed linens and towels, clothing for at least the season – or multiple seasons if you don't plan to visit home – and laundry detergent, as well as your personal toiletries.
Think about the basics you'll need to turn your room into your daily living space: closet essentials such as coat hangers and a laundry hamper, as well as must-have kitchen items like mugs and a kettle.
For your studies you will need your desktop computer or laptop, USB sticks, and, of course, stationery for all your courses. (We found some great deals on cheap student stationery to keep you on budget!)
Make sure you also have your important personal items at hand: at least two forms of identification, your mobile phone (and charger!) as well as your medications.
And last but not least, don't forget your personal style! Check out our modern bedroom ideas or have a look on Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration.
What essentials do you need to organise your uni student room?
With communal areas in residence halls now subject to even more strict protocols and restrictions amidst the coronavirus ‘new normal’ – check your uni's rules for common areas like shared bathrooms, kitchens and study rooms – it’s even more important that your personal living space be a self-sufficient (and efficient!) organised oasis. If a temporary confinement is ever necessary, you'll be grateful you planned ahead.
You'll need space-saving storage that go beyond coat hangers, from closet organisers that make the most of the space in your wardrobe, to extra storage ideas, like over-door hooks and shelves, that don't need installation. And beyond your laptop, mobile and kettle, consider helpful electronic gadgets and charging stations, as well as compact appliances, that will help keep your dorm room clutter-free. Be sure to check with your respective uni about rules regarding types of appliances that are permitted.
So... are you ready? Here's our list of the best uni room essentials you can shop on Amazon.
Closet and drawer organisers:
Let's start with the basics – how to keep your closet and drawers organised while also focusing on the efficiency of the little amount of space students have in their student accommodations. Drawer organisers, shoe organisers closet 'cubbies' and space-saving hangers are all a must.
A set of three washable drawer dividers that come in a host of prints and colours
Drawer organiser, pack of 3, more designs available, £13.99, Amazon
Make the most of your closet space with a four-shelf cubby with hanging rod
Amazon Basics hanging closet cubby, £17.99, Amazon
Create extra space in your closet with space-saving hangers
Magic hangers, £7.64 for pack of 10, Amazon
Get two times the footwear storage space with these gadgets that allow you to store pairs of shoes stacked instead of side-by-side
Space-saving shoe organiser, £23.99 for pack of 20, Amazon
Bedside storage and space-saving ideas
Optimise the space under and alongside your bed with some creative and super simple additions to your student digs.
No-fuss additional storage at your fingertips - just slip the anchor under your mattress
Bedside storage caddy, £10.55, Amazon
Make the most of the empty space under your bed with boxes to store seasonal clothes or linen
Amazon Basics under-bed storage box, £10.99 each, £19.99 for two, Amazon
In addition to the table surface, which has a groove to insert your tablet, this movable side table has three shelves for extra storage
Side table with wheels, £39.95, Amazon
A flexible lamp with 360-degree adjustability and the lighting colour has two modes: white light or warm
Clip-on lamp, also available in chrome finish, £11.89, Amazon
Laundry and bathroom storage ideas
Whether you're toting your toiletries, your detergent or your laundry, there are some very clever storage solutions that will make your life easier.
The ultra-slim form of this washing basket with wheels makes it easy to stash just about anywhere
Umi rolling laundry basket, more colours available, £24.99, Amazon
A handy caddy with nine compartments and draining holes at the bottom, just what you need to tote your toiletries to the shower
iDesign Orbz shower caddy, £13.99, Amazon
A plastic all-purpose caddy with a stylish wooden handle
mDesign portable organiser, £13.19, Amazon
This nylon laundry bag has hooks to hang from a door and turns into a backpack when it's time to do the wash
Travel laundry bag, £12.99, Amazon
To get the most out of your desk, look for space-saving mini shelves, organisers and stands that will help clear off the surface as much as possible to give you additional working space.
This mini-shelf is modular so you can configure it in a host of ways
Mini desk shelves, £21.99, Amazon
A laptop stand will lift your computer to eye-level which is better for your back and neck, but also frees up desk space underneath
Laptop stand, £27.99, Amazon
With communal areas under strict guidelines due to coronavirus, think about creating a personal space that is as self-sufficient as possible. Mini coffee makers or tea kettles, mini-fridges and other small appliances can be a major convenience and reduce your need to be in common areas.
This portable mini fridge, which comes with AC, DC and USB power cables, can cool up to 18°C below the ambient temperature or even heat up to 60°C to keep food warm
Mini fridge in pink, more colours available, £39.99, Amazon
This hot water dispenser with Brita fliter technology boils a cup of water in under 50 seconds – perfect for everything from tea to pot noodles
Instant filtered hot water dispenser, £79.99, Amazon
You can brew coffee or tea with this one-cup machine that comes with a stainless steel travel mug and has a permanent filter
Russell Hobbs Brew and Go, £29.99, Amazon
Best over the door hooks, hangers and shelves
Student accommodations are a temporary home, so no-adhesive, no installation storage solutions are a must.
Over the door hooks in a chic copper design
Over the door hooks, £8.99, Amazon
Three roomy pockets to store shoes, handbags and more
mDesign over the door storage, £17.54, Amazon
Multi-use and modular furnishings
With limited space, student digs definitely require furniture that does double or even triple duty! Look for compact furnishings that serve more than one purpose – footstools with storage that can also be used for seating, for example. To make sure your space is as adaptable to your needs as possible, look for modular furnishings you can customise or tables, shelves and trolleys with wheels for easy movement.
This stylish piece can serve as a footrest, extra seating AND extra storage
Storage footrest in teal, more colours available, £36.99, Amazon
A cute trolley that can be used to store just about anything and will add a pop of colour to your room
Three-shelf trolley, £21.99, Amazon
You can stack these six modular cubes however you'd like to fit your space
Amazon Basics modular wire cube shelves, £27.99, Amazon
Electronics: Devices and storage
Technology can definitely make uni life easier or more pleasant, from high-quality wireless speakers to cool multi-tasking devices like Amazon’s Echo. We also have so many devices these days – laptops, tablets, mobiles, smart watches… the list is endless – so think about getting a practical charging station set up as well.
This five-star mini-speaker with microphone has it all: you can answer calls, take it with you anywhere AND listen to your favourite tunes with quality Bose sound
Bose compact Bluetooth speaker, £90, Amazon
If you want to stay organised, the Amazon Echo Show is like a personal assistant – not only can you easily make video calls to your friends and family with Alexa devices, Alexa will keep track of everything from your to-do lists to calendars, play your favourite music, podcasts or Amazon Prime shows and will even read your emails aloud at your command
Amazon Echo Show 8, Was £119.99 Now £69.99, Amazon
Charge up multiple devices all at once with a multi-port charger
6-port USB charger, £23.99, Amazon
Keep your devices and cables organised with a table-top charging station with five ports for your mobiles and tablets
Charging station, £31.98, Amazon
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