The BIG University Move

Starting university can be a daunting experience but an exciting one. As you move into this new chapter in your life, don’t forget the necessities to give you the best start at your new campus.

Read on to see our top picks, from home comforts, kitchen essentials to studying supplies. You’ll find all you need here at Cannon Park for settling successfully into university life.

Feel at Home

Top of the priority list when moving into your new halls or house share is to make it feel like your home. By adopting some simple homely touches, you will create a space you’ll be happy and comfortable in. While you can’t paint walls, adding your signature style to your bedroom through soft furnishing and accessories will make the room come alive.

Why not add neutral bed covers, like this simple geo print design from Wilko’s and then add pops of colour with cushions and throws to make it cosy and inviting. We love this bright ochre jumbo cord cushion and matching throw, both available at Tesco.

Accessories such as picture frames, fairy lights, rugs and plants are the quickest way to make your bedroom feel homier. Faux plants are ideal for students who don’t have the time to water; introducing them into your room will add an instant focal point. Pick up this cute faux cactus plant from Boots and place it on your window sill or bedside table.

When stepping into your home after a long day of studying, let your senses be greeted by the sweet smells of rosemary, chamomile, rose and grapefruit with Card Factory’s set of 3 reed diffusers. These scented diffusers are sure to help soothe your mind and body.

Kit Out the Kitchen

Top tips for sharing a kitchen – storage! Wilko’s has some fab storage pieces for the kitchen like these jam jars, perfect for storing leftovers, smoothies, teabags, coffee and more. And with its handy chalkboard lid, you can label your items with a chalk pen to avoid getting them mixed up with your housemates’ food items.

Being a student doesn’t mean you can only afford boring dinnerware; our stores have some great colours and patterns to choose from to jazz up your dinner table. We love the Aura range from Tesco in this beautiful sea green shade; they won’t break the bank either, pick them up at a bargain price, starting from £1.50 each.

Put the kettle on! Make new friends by getting to know them over a cuppa. This Breville kettle in grey (Tesco) will see you through your time at uni. Pick up some fun moto mugs; we adore the You Got This mug from Wilko. Not only will your morning coffee perk you up, but we are sure this cute mug will make you smile.

Get the most out of your first shop by stocking up with all you need! Register with Student Beans to verify your student status and you will receive £4 off when you spend £50 at Iceland (new customers only).

Study Smart

Being prepared and organised for your academic timetable is the key to success. Plan your week with Card Factory’s weekly memo planner. With its wipe-clean surface, this planner is sustainable as it allows you to reuse it each week, ensuring you will never forget what you have planned.

De-clutter your study space; storage boxes are a great tool to pop stationery in, along with books and more. Make your storage boxes pleasing to the eye by picking up bright and colourful designs like this mini one from Card Factory.

Studying doesn’t have to be a chore. Make your studying space fun by adding this funky flamingo LED neon light (Boots) to your desk.

From pens, folders to notebooks, files and more, you’re spoilt for choice at Cannon Park for all your stationery needs. We particularly like the large A4 notebooks (Tesco) as the perfect size for penning down all your lecture notes.

Now your home space is kitted out – it’s time to think of your physical well-being. Simply Gym is holding their Fresher’s weekend offer from Friday 1st October until Sunday 3rd October. Visit the team and try out the gym for FREE, from free classes to free PT sessions, plus receive a sign-up code for a reduced membership. Visit or call Simply Gym today to find out more.

We hope you settle into your new student accommodation quickly and enjoy the student life; for more university inspired products, visit our Pinterest board here.

Want to see which stores at Cannon Park offer student discounts? Visit our student discount page here.

Prices are correct at the time of publishing.