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5 Must-have Student Digs Essentials

January 08, 2018


5 Must-have student digs essentials

At the end of your high school career and getting ready to make your move to a tertiary education establishment? Or perhaps you’re already at university and you want to step up your room setup game this year? Great stuff - you’ve come to the right place. We’ve made a list of those must-have student digs essentials that will transform your room into a home-away-from home from where you can charter the course of the next super important phase of your life journey (apologies for the cheesy maritime reference, but you’re going to get those in plenty of motivational speeches throughout your college career, so we thought we’d ease you in gently…). Here goes!

A proper bed with kick-ass linen

Here’s the thing about a bed - you think you don’t need the more expensive one until you figure out that sleeping on a cheap mattress in cut-price linen is not, in fact, the surest route to some quality shut-eye. Take it from a bunch of people who have spent a lot of time sleeping on crummy couches and horrifying futons - you need the good bed. You need good sleep if you’re going to be refreshed and alert for those early-morning classes. Ditto the bedding. Invest in some nice breathable covers and a pillow that suits your sleeping style. It will make all the difference.

An ergonomic study set-up

College may be about more than just studying, but if you’re doing it right, you are going to be spending a fair amount of time behind the books or in front of the computer. Ensure that you can do so comfortably by investing in a table and chair combo that suits your needs. A good chair with proper back support is imperative, and choose a table that works for you in terms of height. If your residence provides a study table and chair, test it out as soon as you get there to see if it works for you. TOP TIP: Check out a standing desk to switch things up.

An awesome study lamp

Reading in dim light worsens your vision. That’s not just an old wives tale, it’s been proven. Keep your peepers in tip-top shape by investing in a good reading lamp - bonus points if you choose a cool-looking one that also adds to the ambience of your room.

Basic workout stuff

No time to hit the gym or too broke to afford the monthly fee? No problem. Get yourself an inexpensive exercise mat and some hand weights, download an app like this one that allows you to do body weight exercises at home, put on some tunes and have at it! TOP TIP: Yoga apps like this one are great for when you have to find a little zen.

Something green

It has been scientifically proven that interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults. If that alone is not a good enough reason to get yourself a nice pot plant, we don’t know what is. Here’s a handy list of the best plants for college dorm rooms.

Once you have these essentials in place, you’ll be ready to tackle student life with verve! The key lies in preparing as well you can, and then taking each day as it comes. Preparation goes a long way to ensure that you can take on the many challenges this next phase of your life will present. Now stop fretting, take a deep breath and get ready to see where this next chapter takes you!


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