Moving into your own digs is super exciting. After years of living with your parents or in campus accommodation, you will finally have your own space. That’s something truly special. You can come and go as you please, cook what you want, and wear your pyjamas all day if you don’t have to go to class. It’s going to be a wonderful time in your life.  Of course, you first have to kit out your new digs with everything you need to survive the university year. And that doesn’t only mean having a state-of-the-art entertainment system and a gaming centre to keep you busy between classes and during study breaks. So, to help you out, here is everything you need to kid out your new student flat.  

A solid, comfortable bed

You’re going to need a good night’s sleep every night if you want to do your best while studying. And that means that you need a solid, comfortable bed. What that doesn’t mean is having a bed that’s moulded to your body and has all the right dents in all the right places. You need a firm mattress with proper back support. You don’t want to have back problems later on in life because you went for the cheapest secondhand bed available. You need something that you can take with you when you move into your working days in the future. 


It’s important that you kit out your kitchen with everything you need. You don’t want to end up ruining all your pots and pans because you’ve been scratching at them with a metal fork instead of a spatula. It’s important to invest in quality kitchen utensils, like enamel kitchenware, that will last a long time. White enamel kitchen accessories will also look stylish in your new home and you can take them with you when you eventually move out.  Kitchenware doesn’t need to be as expensive as you think it may be. You’ll find many kitchen accessories in South Africa that are top quality and don’t cost an arm and a leg. And when it comes to cutlery sets in South Africa, you’re in luck, you can find great deals on utensils which will last for years without staining or rusting. Kitchenware is important as you’ll be cooking for yourself regularly now that you live alone or with a housemate and there are no campus dining halls or parents to feed you. Pots, pans, plates, cutlery, accessories, and cloths to clean up your mess are all necessities.

Cleaning supplies

Yes, you’re going to need to clean. You can’t get away with living in a filthy flat just because you’re a student, especially when you have people visit. You’ll want to do a full clean of the place at least once a week, which is why you need to have cleaning supplies at all times. Here’s the thing, you’re going to need these all the time. This is why you should consider buying cleaning supplies in bulk. It’s not like it’s going to go to waste. You’ll need dishwashing liquid and a multi-purpose cleaner for years to come. 

A proper desk

As much as you may think it’s perfectly fine to study on your bed, it’s not always a good idea. First of all, you’ll be far more tempted to take a nap than write that essay you’ve been procrastinating. And secondly, it’s bad for your posture and your sleep schedule. Your bed should be for sleeping and occasionally binge-watching series when you’ve finished writing a tough exam.  That’s why you need a proper desk and chair. You need to have a space that’s purely for working and not for anything else. It’s also a good place to keep all your study notes and textbooks together so that you don’t have to hunt around your flat when it comes time to study or work on a project. Make sure the desk is comfortable as you don’t want to develop bad posture or back or neck pain. This will only distract you while you’re trying to learn. Living in student digs is exciting and you’re going to have a wonderful time. But first you need to make sure that you have all the items you need to make your new place feel like home. Just remember that you don’t need to break the bank, you can find everything you need at affordable prices online. Do your research and buy in bulk to save some cash and make sure you have the right products.