Written by Victoria Purcell

3 of the best student starter kits

With freshers gearing up to head to university this September, thoughts will be turning to kitting out those student digs with everything from pots and pans to cosy bedding and those all-important creature comforts to make a home-away-from-home feel, well, homely. A student starter kit could be just what you need to ease the buying burden, and there are plenty out there. Good Homes magazine picks out five of the best…

fresher with student starter kit including pillow and bedding

Photo: Dunelm

1. Dunelm Student Starter Packs

Dunelm has just launched its very own Student Starter Packs to help uni freshers kit out their new digs for less. Choose from something as simple as a Duvet, Pillows and Protector Starter Pack (£47) or Cleaning and Washing Starter Pack (£43.80), or go all-in with the Ultimate Kitchen Student Starter Pack, featuring Pans, chopping boards, glasses, utensils (£133.45) and Evelyn Marble Folding Desk and Green Kendall Chair Bundle (£168). Find all of Dunelm’s student bundles here.

Dunelm student starter packs

Left: The Ultimate Kitchen Student Starter Pack. Right: Duvet, Pillows and Protector Starter Pack. Both from Dunelm

2. Argos Student Starter Packs

Argos has slashed the price of its 50-Piece Non-Stick Kitchen Starter Set from £50 to £25. It might sound too good to be true, but the kit has a rating of four out of five stars from over 300 reviews, many noting its unexpectedly good quality, making it a great student starter kit for the kitchen. It comes with cutlery, pans, utensils and even egg cups. Argos has also curated a number of university essentials shopping lists.

argos student starter kit for the kitchen

50-Piece Non-Stick Kitchen Starter Set from Argos

3. Uni Kit Out Student Packs

Uni Kit Out is the answer to all your disorganised student needs! This clever company offers a number of customisable student starter kits for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, or a complete kit with everything that freshers could possibly need to settle into a student house or halls. Choose the quality of the kit, from basic to superior, the size – single, three-quarter or double – and Uni Kit Out will box it all up and deliver it to your student digs so it’s waiting for you when you arrive. Prices range from £55 to £882.50.

uni kit out bundles for freshers

Left: The Ultimate Kit. Right: The Complete Kit. Both from Uni Kit Out

University checklist

What do you need for university? From books to bedding, the list is long! Fortunately, as well as handy student starter kits, a number of trusted websites offer useful university checklists. Check out Life & Style by George’s blog on university essentials, which features everything from bathroom and bedroom buys to coffee machines and party dresses. John Lewis & Partners has a great blog full of recommended buys to help you organise your desk, kitchen and tech. And, of course, the kings of storage, Ikea, has all sorts of tips on storage, shelving and room styling ideas for those on a budget.