3rd October 2019

Nine Essential Stationery Items For Freshers

You’ve made it in to university, you’ve found accommodation and now it’s time for the real fun to start. With lectures, seminars and workshops on the horizon, you probably have the world’s longest shopping list stretching. While course books and household necessities might be at the top of the list, we all like to start the new academic year with a fresh notepad, pens and the odd novelty item to make us smile during revision.

To help you work in style, we have put together our list of top ten stationery items, all available in shops across Nottingham and online.


Desk Tidy

Start as you mean to go on with a desk tidy to help you stay organised and focussed throughout the year. Get your pens, paper and notes all in one place with John Lewis’ stylish rose gold desk tidy – it also comes in black and both have tonnes of matching accessories.



John Lewis – £12.00


Desk list book

This is one for the art-lovers among us, a desk tidy that takes its inspiration from artist Piet Mondrian. With a lined memo pad, along with three different priority notes and index tabs, you have all you need to keep on top of your deadlines.



Paperchase – £12.00


Stationery tins

Also perfect for storage and staying organised, these tins offer the perfect place to store your pens, pencils and other stationery. With a pseudo-science design on a copper tin, these add vintage flare to your modern student room.



Urban Outfitters – £9.00


Reversible laptop sleeve

Roll up to your lectures in style with this gorgeous rose gold, and marble laptop sleeve (also comes as an iPad cover to match). With a super soft design, your laptop will be stay protected during your morning walk – or rushed bus journey – to the lecture and .  is also made from vegan leather.



Coconut Lane – £34.00


Ultimate marker pack

There’s not much to get excited about when it comes to pens, but coloured markers can really activate our brain and help us soak up all of those revision notes. These double-sided pens are a fun way to study and could help you remember the most important facts when sitting in the exam room.



Paperchase – £12.00


Astrological notebook

Notebooks are the easiest way to show your personality when studying, but why not take this one step further and make yours personal to your star sign?. With a simple design, muted colours and gold text, these star sign notebooks provide an Instagrammable cover for your thoughts, research and reminders.



Urban Outfitters – £10.00


Pencil kit

Another must for the artists, this pencil pack is perfect for your doodles and sketches. Wrapped up in a sleek pencil case embossed with ‘bright ideas’ it’s a great way to get the motivation you need when faced with the dreaded ‘blank canvas’ fear.



Blaiz – £12.00


Expanding file

If you regularly misplace paperwork or simply need a place to store your lecture notes, pick up this botanical themed expanding file. Big enough to last the year, this file allows you to access the documents you need quickly and easily.



WHSmith – £3.49


Hardback diary

Finally, keep track of your deadlines, lectures and memories with this nautical and astrological themed diary. With a priority box, note sections and motivational quotes to get you through the day, this diary will put a smile on your face when your workloads increase.



John Lewis – £20.00