University stationery essentials

Getting your back-to-school stationery essentials when you're going to university is super exciting. A new pencil case can make you feel like a new person! But what will you need for a university that's different to school or college? It's easy to go overboard and buy the whole stationery shop. So to help you get all the essentials and not break the bank, here's our guide to the stationery you'll need for university.

Depending on what course you're studying your needs might vary slightly but this list is a great starting point. It's always worth checking if you have received a reading or equipment list from your course tutor. This will give you a clear indication if there is anything specific that you need to have ready for starting in September.


We definitely suggest setting yourself a reasonable budget when buying your stationery. It's all well and good having cute notebooks, fancy pens and boujie paper but if you get through them quickly (which you will when your assignments begin) you're going to have a mammoth stationery bill! Here are some ideas of essentials for most students:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Pencil case
  • Stapler (staples)
  • Post-it notes
  • A4 or A5 notebook
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Laptop sleeve (if you need one)
  • Copy paper for printing
  • Calculator (maybe)
  • Blu / white tac

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Hopefully (if you're moving out) your accommodation will have a noticeboard/whiteboard. If not we highly recommend putting this on your list. It’s a great way of keeping all those random notes and important documents organised! Don’t forget push pins if you do have a noticeboard! Here are some other bits and bobs to help keep you organised:

  • Lever arch folder
  • Pen pot
  • Calendar/planner
  • Memory Stick/ hard drive (to back up all of your work)
  • Paper clips
  • Bull-dog clips


Each student will have slightly different needs depending on what they're studying so here are some extra things you may like to consider but aren't essential:

  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Laptop (don't worry if you don't have your own - you'll have access to plenty at uni)
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