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7 items of essential tech for students

If you are a student there is some tech you just can’t do without.  With the new academic year fast approaching we’ve picked the essential tech you need.  Whether you’re returning to university, college or sixth form our tech will keep you top of the class.  Possibly.

1)     Laptop

Every student needs a laptop.  For notes, completing assignments and research.  Or for watching videos during boring lectures, ordering pizza and all night gaming sessions.

Whatever you use it for a computer is likely to be your biggest expense.  But, you can still pick up a laptop for less than £200.  Great news if you’re on a budget.

student using laptop

For something more powerful you have plenty of options. Or read our guide to choosing a new laptop for more info.

2)     Microsoft Office

You just can’t do without it.  But, your new laptop won’t have Office preinstalled.

Fortunately you’re a student.  Happy days because it means you can treat yourself to Microsoft Office Home and Student.

This discounted software includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.  All the applications you need to prepare and present your work.

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3)     Printer

The only peripheral you need.  A multifunction inkjet printer may be the best choice.  But, keep an eye on how much replacement ink costs.  It can become very expensive.

Of course you can always use the printers in the university library.  But, sometimes you’re in a rush.  Maybe when you need to print out an assignment which is already late.  It’s useful to have a printer in your room.

4)     Smartphone

Celebrate the arrival of term with a new smartphone.  Throw off your old contract and bin your out of date mobile.

Grab yourself a SIM free smartphone and choose which network is best for you.  Then put the Kebab shop on speed dial and you’re sorted.

student using smartphone

Not sure about which phone to spend your loan / parents money on?  This guide should help.

5)     TV

Ok, a tad debateable.  Do you need a telly if you have a laptop and Netflix?

I’m saying yes.  Internet connections can be dodgy and you need something to hook the Xbox up to.  And a new TV won’t break the bank.

Besides, what’s better than flicking on the telly and watching Bargain Hunt?  Especially when you should be at a lecture.

Large screen TV or small DVD combo.  Whichever TV you want prices are coming down all the time. Check these out.

6)     Pens and paper

Hey, no-one said it had to be high-tech.  Sometimes you just need a trusty biro and notebook.

student taking notes

Don’t forget folders, files and maybe even a ruler.  Throw in a highlighter or two and you’ll have more stationery than Smith’s.  You can order it all online too.

7)     Batteries

Let’s finish with more low-tech stuff.

Don’t risk the remote not working when it’s time to watch the Simpsons.  Take a pack of batteries to university with you.  They are cheaper than chips.  Why risk the trauma of not being able to channel hop?

More back to uni / school tips:

10 Rules for sharing a fridge at uni

Best apps for students

10 quick-fire study tips

Essentials for student living    

Student apps, time wasters vs time savers

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Craig Ellyard

Token old guy in the office and lifelong Hull City fan with all the psychological issues that brings. To relax I enjoy walking my two Labradors, as well as running and cycling.

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