Everything you need in a student kitchen

Heading off to university? These are the student kitchen sets you need to buy for your new shared house.

Student kitchen with students

by Lizzy Dening |

You might think you can get by with a bottle opener and not much else at university, but it’s surprising how many bits and pieces will come in handy in the kitchen.

From crockery to glasses, cutlery to tea towels, and the all-important accessories to make a steaming bowl of mash, there’s a lot to consider when you’re packing. Our main piece of advice is to look for distinctive colours or patterns – it might not stop your housemates stealing your stuff, but it will make it easier to retrieve them at the end of term!

If you’re stocking up on essential kitchen items for your first term, it can be hard to know where to start. Buying a few basic utensils will make your first few days easier while you get settled in. As with any student kitchen sets, it’s worth saving money on fragile items and not being too precious about smashed glasses or plates, to spend more on decent utensils. A sharp knife goes a long way in basic meal prep.

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The main thing is not to panic – there’s sure to be someone in your halls or shared house who has whatever you’ve forgotten. And asking to borrow a can opener or a slotted spoon can be a great conversation starter.

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You also need to remember to take some cookbooks with you - there's nothing worse than realising you only know how to cook pasta when you're facing at least three years of living on your own.

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