5. Fitbit Charge HR: £99.95, John Lewis
Freshers’ week (and year) can take its toll on your fitness, especially if you find it hard to motivate yourself to get out of bed on a hangover. However, the handy and discreet Fitbit Charge HR can help you keep track of your activity during the day and night. Amongst other things, it monitors daily steps, calories burned, heart rate, stationary time and sleep so you can find out just how much – or how little – exercise you’re doing. You can also hook it up to your phone by downloading the Fitbit app and compare your progress day-to-day. After a few days wearing it you’ll be addicted to trying to beat your PBs. You can pick from a range of colours, suiting both men and women, and it doubles up as a watch.
6. Bodum Vacuum Travel Mug: £15, Coggles
Those 9am lectures will always have a degree of horror attached to them, but a hit or two of caffeine can go some way to easing the pain. Keep your coffee – or any hot drink, for that matter – warm for hours with this vacuum-sealed, stainless steel mug, which has a rubber grip, making it ideal for drinking on the go. The 350ml capacity should be enough to see you through an early morning, but there are other sizes available. It’s dishwasher safe, too.
7. Amazon Kindle: from £59.99, Amazon
We all know the struggle of carrying around loads of heavy textbooks at once, but it’s not one that need continue into uni. Kindles can store thousands of books, and there a millions on offer – including a massive range of academic texts. And there are loads of handy features packed in for students – the ability to make margin annotations on noteworthy passages, instant access to word definitions and more. This is the cheapest option, but there are ones with additional bells and whistles available for a bit more money.
8. Google Chromecast: £25, Argos
Stream all your favourite shows from Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube and more straight onto your TV (provided the telly has an HDMI port) with the Google Chromecast. You use your smartphone, tablet or laptop to control what appears on the screen, and it’s all very simple to operate – just open the app you want to stream, press the Cast button and away you go. Great for group TV-watching.