So I’m sure you’re sick to death of “what to take to uni” lists, so I’m gonna give you something different.
What to wear to uni.
Now I am a huge fan of everybody wearing exactly what they want to wear, regardless of their gender, age or size, so don’t expect me to be policing your fashion choices, this is just a few handy tips that I’ve picked up over the last year of studenthood at the University of Leicester.
As you’re aware, winter is totally coming so for now I’m gonna focus on smart clothing choices for the winter term. The UoL campus is on a hill, that means that it is windy as heck and theresa lot of stairs. These are the main barriers to complete fashion freedom that I have discovered.
Pro Tip #1: Wear Flat Shoes.
I know,I know. I too had visions of swanning around the library in a pair of heeled brogues looking like the Hollywood vision of the female intellectual made flesh but sadly it’s a poor choice. There is a surprising amount of walking involved in a day on campus, everything is on a slope and everybody knows crowds + heels+ stairs make for a neck brace waiting to happen. Much better to stick to a pair of cute flats so you can run around all day relatively risk and pain free.
Pro Tip #2: Get a Decent Coat.
As I said before, the UoL campus is on top of a hill, it gets ridiculously cold up there from mid-october onwards. You’re gonna want a warm, waterproof coat with a hood. Is there anything more miserable than getting soaked through on the way to class only to have to sit around in a damp hoodie all day because you didn’t bother buying a proper coat? A parka type coat is ideal as your bag won’t wreck the shoulders, as is the case with a lot of thinner coats, and you have a big roomy hood and lots of pockets to store things in.
Pro Tip #3: Get a Backpack.
I cannot stress this enough. I for one hate backpacks, but the reality of university life is that you are going to be carrying an awful lot of stuff wih you. Textbooks, course readers, notepads, laptops etc etc. You do not want to make my mistake of cramming it all in a cute shoulder bag and doing long term damage to your back and shoulders. A backpack is ideal as it securely holds large amounts of stuff and doesn’t put uneven stress of your back. It seems like a minor thing but lugging 20+ pounds of stuff around day after day on a strained shoulder is no joke. Of all the items on the list this is probably the most essential, and thankfully you can get decent bags in lots of cute colours and patterns for around the £20 mark, which is a very worthwhile investment.
I hope this has helped you prepare for the start of term. Any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below!