IKEA UNI ESSENTIALS

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Anyone else off to uni? Anyone else moving out? Anyone else terrified? Same. So in a couple of months time I'm going to be flying the nest and setting up camp in what people like to call a prison, aka uni halls. This means having to go shopping for things that I never thought I'd get excited about. Anyone else become a bit giddy when they're met with a vast array of mugs, stationary, pots, pans, and bedding? Well I for sure do.

I'm not even joking when I say that before this trip, I'd never been to IKEA before. I know, I know, calm down, I've finally lost my IKEA virginity, and I can safely say it's now one of my fave shops. After going a bit mad in the store, I'd thought I'd share some of the best items that IKEA have on offer, for us soon to be uni students. Just a bit of a heads up, some of these items may be a bit on the random side...


Mugs & Glasses.

Ikea Uni Essentials
Ikea Uni Essentials

Starting off quite basic and simple, but you really can't go wrong with IKEA mugs & glasses, because they're not only durable and long lasting, but will look great on your Insta (just saying). The top two I originally saw on the website, and kinda fell in love straight away, and for £1.50 each, they're not gonna break the bank either. As for the bottom two, I'd been on the hunt for glass mugs for a while, so I got a bit excited and bought 2 of them (£1.75 each), and also bought 2 of the glasses as well, because they're just a staple to have in your cupboard (£1 each). I feel as though if you went into somewhere like Homesense, the mugs & glasses will be at least double the price. So, what are you waiting for?




Glass


Pans & Frying Pans.

Ikea Uni Essentials
Ikea Uni Essentials

Sticking with the kitchen theme, I thought I'd talk to you about pans...how thrilling eh. I mean as students, we're not really gonna be turning into any sort of Jamie Oliver any time soon. If you are, I need to know your skills. But anyway, pots & pans are quite an essential. Essential for the amount of beans and pasta I'm going to be consuming. The top pic is a set of 3 pans of various sizes which I got for £9, simple enough, and the bottom pic is a frying pan for £2.75. I'm really trying my best to make pans sound exciting, but I don't think it's working. They do claim to be non-stick though, so we'll see about that. 



Utensils.

Ikea Uni Essentials

The kitchen theme continues, woo. So something to go along with the pans...utensils (who would've guessed). To be honest, I wouldn't recommend anywhere else to get utensils than IKEA, because these were 75p EACH, and feel as though they're gonna last quite a few years (well, they better). As for what I went for, as I previously mentioned I'm going to be consuming quite a lot of pasta and beans, which the spoon and pasta server will come in quite handy. And the turner (?) is just for general use (pizza mainly). Don't worry, vegetables will make an appearance at some point. When that point is...I'm not sure yet.

Turner

Spoon



Chopping Boards.

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I never thought I'd start recommending chopping boards to people, but here I am. As much as I would've loved one of them aesthetically pleasing wooden ones, I'm on quite a tight budget, so IKEA pulled through. As a student, you just want something, cheap, simple, and handy, and these tick all the boxes. You get 2 for £1 (turquoise & grey), they're quite thin, so easy for storage, and they're bendable, it just doesn't get better does it?...Also, if you don't need 2, you could always use them as a mat on your desk. I mean, it's just a win win situation here. 





Microwave Lid.

Ikea Uni Essentials

Finally for the kitchen segment, we have something that probably a lot of us students will actually never even think about getting...a microwave lid. I mean, this is peak blog content here. When you're in uni halls, it's your mission to keep the place as clean as possible, and not damage or get anything dirty anywhere, so this adds to that. Let's be honest, a lot of us are going to be having a few microwave meals in our student life, so to keep that microwave spick and span, get yourself one of these. At only £1, I'm sure you'd rather spend that extra pound than have to clean the microwave over and over again.



Desk Lamp.

Ikea Uni Essentials
Ikea Uni Essentials

For some reason, I've always loved the aesthetic of a desk with stationary neatly laid out, laptop and desk lamp on, anyone else? I don't know about you, but my uni halls don't supply us with desk lamps or anything, which isn't that much of a problem really as it means I can get one that matches everything else I buy (pathetic I know). I've gone for a white/grey/black ish sort of theme, so this fits in nicely. The lamp itself was only £8, but you do have to buy the bulb separately, which is £4. So £12 for a desk lamp isn't too bad right? Well, we'll soon find out...


Bulb


Desk Organiser.

Ikea Uni Essentials

I was originally thinking of getting some clear drawers to store things like Sharpies in, because when I see pictures of that, it's like stationery heaven. However, I decided against that when I spotted this, a desk organiser. As I said previously, I've gone for a sort of white/grey/black theme, so this works pretty well. It's got a range of different sized compartments, so you can store papers, pens, whatever your heart desires, it'll all be in one place. IKEA do them in all different colours and patters, and for only £5, I'm quite excited to start organising, and display all the coloured pens. It really will be stationery heaven. 



Wardrobe Organiser. 

Ikea Uni Essentials


Last but by no means least, what I would say is a staple for students to have. Don't know about you, but my wardrobe in my uni room isn't the biggest, in fact it's probably half the size of the one I have now (not looking forward to that). In light of this, I needed something that would give me more storage space, without taking up too much room. Eh Voila. I came across this while browsing in IKEA and knew that this would be the saviour I needed. I'm most likely going to use this to store t-shirts, jeans, trousers, jumpers, basically 90% of my clothes, and then hang up whatever needs to be hung. Genius. And for only £7, I would highly recommend you get yourself one, whether you're a student or not.



I hope you've found this post useful! If you're off to uni soon like me, I wish you all the luck in the world. Let's just say you're probably not as nervous as me...

10 comments

  1. How had you never been to IKEA before that doesn't make sense!! Looks like you got all the essentials, I love the glass mugs!

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    1. Honestly, I don't know either! I'm obsessed with the glass mugs!

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  2. Storage organization is definitely a must for anyway going off to college. There is so many things you can find at IKEA for organization! Great post!

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    1. Thank you! I'm gonna need all the storage I can get haha

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  3. Don't understand how you've never been to IKEA - it's a classic! Some great essentials for uni - well done!

    Paige // Paige Eades

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    1. I'm definitely going again, I'm obsessed! Thank you!

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  4. I wish I'd have IKEA when I went to university, all my stuff came from Woolworths! That said I've still got some knives, a fork and a spoon after over 20 years. The rest of the cutlery disappearing in all the student houses during 4 years of a masters degree and 3 years of PhD.
    Halls aren't like prison, its more like common rooms and its a great experience. enjoy!

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    1. Wow they've really lasted a long time! Thank you!

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  5. Awesome post 😇
    Nice glasses too.....
    Thank you for sharing this post 😇

    JENISH | https://knowafactfromj.blogspot.com

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  6. I kea is brilliant for first time house purchases...great designs and cheap! I raided Wilko for my uni supplies, but that was years ago now!
    Good luck at Uni!

    Aimsy xoxo
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