15 student essentials for under £100

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Your checklist for kitting out your student home

Moving away from home for the first time can be an expensive job but we’re here to help to make sure you don’t blow your student loan before the end of Freshers’ Week. We’ve searched eBay to find the 15 essential items you’ll need to settle into your new pad – all for a grand total of £91.73. And here's another money saving tip – use Click & Collect on many of these items to save on any postage. 
Lisa Patton, Home and Garden
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Kettle

Kettle

Essential for instant noodles and gallons of coffee, don't leave home without a kettle. Whether you're in halls or sharing a house, it will become your best mate.

Price: £9.99
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Your mug

Your mug

Yes - your   mug. Make it distinctive so everyone knows it too. And the bigger, the better saving you valuable time and energy on refilling. 

Price: £3.95
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Toaster

Toaster

Quick and cheap, we guarantee toast will become your staple at breakfast, lunch and dinner - not to mention after a night out. A toaster is a must in every student kitchen.

Price: £7.99
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Duvet and pillows

Duvet

You'll probably spend most of your weekend in them so a fresh new duvet is a great buy at the start your student life. 

Price: Duvet and pillows from £12.99
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Duvet set

Duvet covers

Go for patterned or coloured duvet covers to keep them looking better for longer and a second set is always a good idea if you can stretch to it.

Price: from £11.75
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Desk lamp

Desk lamp

A lightweight lamp that you can move from your bedside to your desk will make it easy to study in comfort.

Price: £5.99
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Bath towel

Bath towel

If you're living communally, a big bath sheet might be preserve your modesty. Again go for darker colours to make washing easier.

Price: £6.90
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Student cookbook

Student cookbook

Student cooking is often a matter of survival but this cookbook is stuffed with great tasting filling meals that are quick and easy to make using basic ingredients and utensils.

Price: £7.13
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Plates and bowls

Plates and bowls

Unless you're planning to live on takeaways, you'll need a basic crockery set. Nothing fancy, just something for bowls of cereal and plates of spag bol.

Price: £6.49 for 12 piece set


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Cutlery

Cutlery

We couldn't quite believe the price of this 24 piece cutlery set - it's a steel! (get it?)

Price: £2.79
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Wine glasses

Wine glasses

You can drink beer from bottles or cans but we think wine deserves a glass and therefore these glasses make it into our top 15 essentials.

Price: £4.90 for 6
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Bottle opener

Bottle opener

Save your teeth and invest this trusty little bottle opener which even fits onto a keyring so it's never far away.

Price: £1.49
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Saucepan set

Saucepan set

A pan for the pasta and one for the sauce - 3 pans is more than enough for any student but the extra one comes in handy if no one's done the washing up.

Price: £6.49
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Can opener

Can opener

There's nothing worse than being down to your last tin of soup and realising you haven't got a can opener. Don't let it happen you you!

Price: £1.07
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Kitchen utensils

Kitchen utensils

We're not talking cake tins and blenders but a few basic utensils will come in handy for stirring beans and frying eggs.

Price: £2.70

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