September has crept up on us all, and for many, this means Back to School! But for thousands of young adults up and down the country, it means moving away from mum & dad and getting ready to dip their toes into adulthood!  

Whether you’re returning to campus or you’re about to fly the nest for the very first time, we know that along with the prospect of newly found freedom, comes the daunting reality of tackling tricky adulthood tasks. 

Luckily, Cherryz are here to help

To calm your nerves and make it as fun an experience as possible, we’ve put together this helpful list of things you can get your hands on before you set off to your new home, hopefully resulting in a slightly fewer phone calls home to ask how to clean a sink or cook a meal. Here are all the essentials you need for university, in 3 easy sections.


What’s the best way to make friends with your housemates? Offer them a cup of tea of course! Remember to select a mug that’s as unique as you are, plus something to snack on too! Why not make a toastie to go with your cuppa?

When it comes to dinnertime, we all know we’ll never really be able to recreate the magic of mum’s home-cooked meals. However, having a well-stocked food cupboard is a great way to keep the homesickness at bay. Pasta is a staple of uni students from Brighton to Belfast, and can be used to whip up an array of easy comfort meals. Alternatively, bring the taste of your favourite eatery right to your uni halls, (without splashing the cash on a takeaway) with a Nando’s Bag and Bake (these serve 4, so your flatmates will be in for a treat too!). 

Make sure you aren’t skipping out on breakfast, especially before those all-important 9 am lectures, by making sure you’re well prepared with items such as cereal bars and porridge sachets. It’s probably worth making sure you’ve also got a handy container to put your breakfast in, just in case you’re on a tight schedule! 

Last but not least, no one likes wasting food, especially on a budget. Make sure you’ve always got something to store your leftovers such as freezer bags, foil, and airtight containers


Time to realise how much work mum & dad really put into keeping your house tidy! Chores are never going to be fun, but they can be made a little easier with the right products. The amount of mess you can accumulate could take you by surprise, so ensure you’re prepared with a roll of durable refuse sacks. Then keep the germs at bay with versatile, multipurpose surface cleaner and some antibacterial wipes. After you’ve finished cleaning your space, a room diffuser can keep everything smelling fresh. 

To keep those dirty dishes from piling up, make sure you have some sponges and liquid, or perhaps even a nifty sponge with fillable handle. Last but not least, no cleaning cupboard is complete without a bottle of Zoflora, which has the added benefit of making whatever room you use it in smell simply delightful! 

Getting organised

Maintaining a good balance between work and play is an essential part of university life, but also means it’s time to work on that self-organisation. There’s nothing like a set of brand new stationery to get you feeling ready to take on lectures, essays, and long hours in the library spent cramming for exams. 

We recommend having a ring binder for each of your modules, and on top of the usual pens and pencils, some colourful highlighters are ideal for making sure those lecture notes really sink in. 

Outside of your studies, make sure your shelves are always fully stocked with a weekly shopping list which you can stick to the fridge, ready to add things as you go and tear off when it’s time for the big shop. This will help you avoid having to make lots of small trips when you realise you’ve run out of milk, kitchen roll, or an essential ingredient in your evening meal. 

You’re all set!

We hope this list made you feel a little more prepared to take on adult life! Don’t forget to sign up for 20% off your first order with Cherryz’ student discount, and let us know what part of uni life you’re most looking forward to by tagging  #CherryzUK

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