Google student kitchen essentials and you’ll be overwhelmed by suggested packing lists. These are helpful if you are worried about forgetting something, but we don’t recommend stocking up on everything straight away: no cramped communal kitchen needs ten woks taking up cupboard space. If you’ll be staying in halls, ring up the accommodation office to find out what’s already there – toasters and kettles are often provided. Check their fire safety rules too, in case you’re not allowed to bring particular items. Try getting in touch with your future flatmates beforehand and dividing up key bits and bobs between you. Make a note of who bought what so you know what’s yours when you move out. (Hint: you might want to shotgun the toastie maker.) Buy cheap and cheerful glasses and crockery in preparation for breakages and opt for colourful or patterned sets – nobody will nick your favourite cereal bowl if its unique design makes their thievery obvious. Ditto Tupperware – it’ll make it obvious what’s yours in the fridge. Spend a bit more on a couple of trusty non-stick pans and an oven-proof dish (lasagne and shepherd’s pie are both student classics) that will last you the full thr...