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University Kitchen Essentials

By EmilieRLA 17 Jun 2022

Shopping for kitchen supplies for university can be a stressful experience, but this guide will ensure that you only purchase items that you will use: 

  • Crockery and Cutlery 

Bad news! There is no dishwasher in halls of residence. It is your responsibility to wash and dry your own crockery and cutlery. The kitchen spaces are small and often shared with 4 to 6 people. If you think you may struggle to motivate yourself to wash up, I would recommend purchasing one plate, one bowl, one cup, one knife, one spoon and one fork so that you will have wash them in order to use them again. Cupboard space is also limited, so it best to buy smaller quantities as opposed to buying large dinnerware sets.

  • Pots and Pans

It may be tempting to buy a pot and pan set, but it isn’t necessary to have more than two pots and one frying pan, especially when there is limited cupboard space. I would recommend buying one large pot for batch cooking, one small pot to boil water for rice or pasta and one frying pan if you like to cook a stir fry, omelettes or pancakes!

  • Utensils

The utensils I use the most are a plastic spoon and a spatula. I did make the mistake of buying a 24 piece utensil set. I've been living in halls of residences for nearly 7 months and I have yet to use the remaining 21 utensils! 

  • Cookbook

If you are a beginner cook, there are plenty of excellent student-friendly websites. One of my favourite websites is This website even has a specific section dedicated to students that has plenty of cheap, easy and filling dishes. When I moved to Cardiff, my friend gifted me Jamie Oliver’s cookbook called '5 Ingredients - Quick and Easy'. Every recipe uses five ingredients allowing you to get a plate of food together with minimal effort and preparation. It’s been a lifesaver especially when I have been busy with study and work!

  • Cleaning Supplies

I would recommend buying a multi-purpose spray, fairy liquid, washing up brush or sponge and a tea towel to dry your crockery and cutlery. In terms of wiping down kitchen surfaces, I buy disposable cloths. While I try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, I don’t like to washing dirty cloths with my clothes. I have considered doing a separate wash, but it costs £3 for every wash and a pack of 50 disposable cloths only costs £1. Money can also be saved by splitting the cost of communal cleaning supplies with your flat mates.


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