Set up Your Home Cheaply

If you go for a furnished or student apartment in the UK, most items you need are likely to be supplied. However, there’s always extra bits and pieces you might want or need! Here is a brief guide to get you started.

Don’t forget: a lot of stores in the UK listed below will also offer extra student discounts. This applies even to some higher end stores (e.g. West Elm) if you feel like a little more quality for your dime. Keep on top of where has the best student discounts by taking a look at Save the Student, UNiDAYS, and The Student Room.



General Homewares – Argos, John LewisMujiTiger
Toiletries – Boots, Poundland, Superdrug
Towels – Asda, IkeaArgosJohn LewisPrimark


General Homewares – ArgosJohn Lewis, Matalan (great uni suggestions!), MujiPrimarkTiger
Bedding – Asda, TescoArgosJohn Lewis, MatalanPrimark
Clothes Hangers – IkeaPoundlandArgos


Stationery –PoundlandMujiTiger, Rymans
Printers/Laptops – Student StoreArgosRymans
Lamps – ArgosTesco


General Homewares – ArgosJohn LewisTiger
Pots, pans – TescoPoundlandArgos
Crockery, cutlery – IkeaPoundlandArgosMuji


Finally, if you want to investigate cheap lookalikes, here is a great article comparing common household items and their UK sales prices. Universities often also organise great events during orientation which involve students selling off cheap home items – or even giving them away for free!

It pays to look around – the UK has so many options at all ends of the price spectrum, so investigate your choices!