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College Essentials – Creating Your Home Away From Home

As Autumn approaches it is a time of new beginnings as some of the family fly the nest to start college. It is an exciting yet daunting experience for all. We have you covered with all the necessities to make the transition from home comforts to dorm rooms a little easier. There is a selection of high-quality bedding, cookware and kitchen essentials available in-store and online.

Mattress and pillow protectors

Let’s start with protecting your new bedding and keeping your bed hygienic.

The Fine Bedding Company Spundown Mattress Protector and pillow protectors ensure you can rest easy knowing your bed is like new. We also have The Fine Bedding Company Classic Cotton Pillow Protector Pair at €16.95. These can all be machine-washed and perfect for keeping your bedding protected.


Duvet and Pillows

A good night’s sleep is so important as you take on your new course at college. A cosy bed to come back to after a long day of classes is an absolute must. This 13.5 tog duvet from The Fine Bedding Company is perfect for keeping warm in the colder months.


The duvet can be perfectly paired with amazing sustainably made pillows, was €48 now €24. These are made with breathable fibres and are machine washable so you can pop in the wash to freshen up.


Put your own stamp on your college room with bedding. Your choice of bedding can really transform your room. A lot of college accommodation lacks personality with white walls and basic furniture. Adding a nice bedspread, cushions and a throw can really make such a difference and completely change the space.  We have included some of our favourite duvet sets below. Have a browse at our duvet sets, throws and blankets. There is something to suit every taste.



These 100% cotton towels are available in 6 different colours and add a little bit of colour to the bathroom. They are also machine washable and come in three sizes hand towel, bath towel and bath sheet.

Kitchen Essentials

Slow cookers are so handy as the student can prepare meals with minimum cooking involved. Everything can be put into the slow cooker in the morning then by the end of classes, they can come home to a nice home-cooked meal. Money-saving and helps keep the takeaways at bay. Our favourite is the Judge Three Setting Slow Cooker priced at €34.95.


Another way to achieve fast nutritious meals is a steamer. Steamers are an all-in-one dinner.  Meat, veg and potatoes can all be cooked in one pot.  Using steam is a much healthier way of cooking, we have traditional steamers and the electric version which is so useful for shared kitchens. Also cuts down on the amount of washing up. The dream. We recommend the Judge 3 Tier Electric Steamer priced at €44.95!

Coffee To Go

Caffeine is a huge part of the student diet fueling all those late-night studying sessions around exams and gets you through those long lectures. This Judge double-walled travel mug will keep your coffee/tea hot for 6 hours perfect for those visits to the library particularly around exam time.

Water Bottle

Keep hydrated and stay on-trend with Chilly’s bottles these come in so many patterns and encourage less waste and ditch the plastic bottles. They are multipurpose keeping drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. The range is  Leak-Proof & BPA Free, ideal for a college student on the go.

These are all good quality purchases that will last much longer than cheaper alternatives. A more sustainable option that takes the effort away of having to buy the same items every year. Investing in good quality items ensures you can take these with you when you move off campus.

I hope I gave you some ideas to create your home away from home.  Wishing you the best of luck with your studies, enjoy every minute. I’m just a tiny bit jealous. Until next time.

Catriona x


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