I always try and get the cheapest I can, but I noticed when I bought Superdrug's that it really was the most rubbish dry shampoo to exist so I definitely don't recommend it, stick with what you know. I found this a life saver because I hate washing my hair, especially when it's cold and being in a student house, it's gonna be - plus when you're rolling in at 4am and have a lecture to get up for, washing your hair is the last thing on your mind!
Double fleece blankets
Trust me on this one, i've always had them but never really bothered as my parents house is always toasty, but once I experienced a student winter, I became attached. Some nights I even used more than one on top of my duvet to keep me nice and warm at night - as well as taking them everywhere in the house with me and being snug 24 hours a day - what can I say, I like to be cosy!
Who ever invented these needs an award. I would turn up to class in these babies, pom poms and all hanging from my biker boots and could not have cared less. They are just the comfiest things ever - and not to mention walking around barefoot in a house where hoovering doesn't happen as often as it should is not nice! Cold feet is not the one.
Your entire wardrobe
This is actually just half of my summer wardrobe, but last year I mainly took with me all of my winter attire, and soon found myself calling my parents to send everything else and getting my boyfriend to pick things up on his way down. I was forever thinking of clothes I wanted to wear on nights out, using them for photoshoots or thinking of things to sell on ebay when I wanted to buy Dominos - plus, at least for a month, you'll find yourself going out of your way to look your best before showing people your inner slob! I also ended up taking every single pair of shoes I own with me - which is a good 40+... I was forever comparing my style to other peoples and learning different ways to dress, so a variety of shoes is mandatory if you want to dress to impress.
Forgotten gift sets
For the past ten years, people have gifted me with lovely perfumes and beauty products such as lotions and showers gels, bath bombs, bath salts - you name it, and never once did I use them. I never thought about them and when i'd go take a shower or a bath, I would just use whatever my mum would buy. This actually worked to my advantage because i'm still working through all of the shower gels and lotions people have gifted me over the years, which means I don't have to go out and buy any - more alcohol for Laura!
These are actual god-sends if you have people willing to send them. Luckily I have family who like to look after me so I got to enjoy care packages of wine and chocolate and my favourites - rhubarb and custard! Although a few months in you'll just be happy with tinned beans and soup!
Now, a fur throw would be the dream of course, but at uni, any old throw will do. Landlords don't really seem to care about aesthetics when it comes to student accommodation (my sofa is a vile green colour which has seen better days) so you kind of have to do the best you can with what you've got to make it more homely!
I can't even stress how beneficial these are, they have saved me hundreds of pounds on travel in the past year - especially travelling around London and from one side of the country to the other. I didn't go home much last year, but I saved around £5 each time when travelling around London city - and even more when I did decide to visit back home.
These aren't usually allowed, so you'd have to be careful, but sometimes air freshener just doesn't do the trick. I really love the Febreze candles which I found in Sainsburys as they seem to get rid of any smell that won't shift, plus I kinda love that flickering of the flame when snuggled up to a movie.
A giant handbag
I love my oversized bags, so luckily I already owned one. This is the actual bag that I use for uni, it's huge so I can fit everything in it - pattern cutting equipment, laptop, clothes, shoes, books, bla bla bla... I really recommend Zara for bags. I got this one at Christmas in the boxing day sale and it's took some serious hammer and is still in perfect condition. I use it for travelling too.... And it's gorgeous which is a bonus!