£35: Ikea has a wide selection of non-iron cotton bed linen in jazzy designs at great prices, including the moose-covered Angsspira duvet cover which comes with two pillowcases.
£45: Essential for any late-night cramming session, Ben de Lisi’s pencil lamp in red is a surefire way to brighten up your desk.
£55: Cover mucky carpet with a rug. Ikea’s diamond-pattern Lapplung rug is 200cm square and is perfect for jazzing up any student room.
£6: A mug is any student’s best friend. Choose a special one that no one else is allowed to touch. Habitat’s feature bold colours, birds, flowers and geometric patterns.
£12.99: This Britpop 16-piece cutlery set is a bargain and will stand out in any shared drawer. Far less chance of them being nabbed by housemates at the end of the year!
£5: Don’t invest in smart glassware — go for the cheapest. This set of four from Next is vibrant but won't hit your wallet too hard if they have to be replaced after your first flat party!
£30: Encourage a tidy room and a tidy mind whilst adding a whimsical feel to your room with Tiger’s red, tree-shaped coat stand.
£2 - £5: Cardboard storage boxes in old-school audio design with lids, from Dunelm Mill, are sturdy and stack well.
£15: Habitat’s Tommy metal desk lamp is playful and suitable for those on a tighter budget.
£20: The range of bins at John Lewis Home includes this smart felt bucket storage container.
£32: The Camden dinner set from Next Home stands out from the crowd and is not too fussy or pricey.
Rugs and throws
£30: Chunky warm throws and cushions transform a bedroom. The Rainbow Knit collection at Bhs includes throws which will keep you warm throughout the coldest winter seasons.
£45: Investing in Habitat’s bold-stripe Plait cushion from the autumn/winter collection is a quick way to add a personal touch to a new student room.
£15: This green metal wire basket is simple but effective and could be used as either a waste paper basket or a storage unit.
£50.00 - £83.00: instantly brighten up a bland bedroom with this summery set of bedding from Debenhams.
£12.99: laundry is a necessary evil of moving away from home, but this bamboo hamper from Dunelm is a good place to hide it.
£25 each: These giant fluffy floor cushions from John Lewis combine have a soft faux-fur cover. They can be used as a floor cushion or an oversized sofa cushion.
£5: Brighten up your bedroom with fun and colourful prints from John Lewis.
£28.50: Keep family and friends close to your heart with this natural wood, shabby chic photo frame from the Middle England shop at eBay.
£6.99: Light up your living with these gorgeous glowing heart-shaped fairy lights from Lights4Fun.
£18.99: stay on time with this contempory duck egg wall clock form Tesco.
£32.99: Take a breather in this chocolate brown beanbag chair from Dunelm. This suedette seat is soft to the touch which makes for a cosy place to kick back....
Hot water bottle
£6.99: This fluffy hot water bottle from Boots is a necessity for any homesick (or hungover) student.
Cushioned lap tray
£6.99: Satiate your hunger from the comfort of your sofawith quirky tray from Dunelm.
£9.50: All praise the wonderful wok! This non-stick, piece of cookware from M&S is an essential item in the student quest to reach culinary heights.
£24.99: This hot pink metallic pyramid kettle from BHS will not only brighten up your kitchen, but also comes with a removable washable limescale filter to save you from the dreaded cloudy morning cuppa.
£9: Bring a touch of art into your student digs with this printed canvas (40x60cm) from Tesco; these may be the only words you take on board all year but at least your room will look great.
£5: Mandatory inspirational travel quote on a plaque? Check!
Mouth-blown glass lilac vase
£9.25: If you don't get round to putting real flower stems in this beautiful mouth-blown glass vase from IKEA, fake ones will do.
£2: These assorted vases from IKEA would look great filled with a stem or two in the kitchen or even on a windowsill in your room.
For just a couple of pounds you really can make your room 'your own', with these colourful glass vases that you can mix and match.
£20: at £20 this swivel chair from IKEA is worth the investment when you consider all the hours you'll be sitting awkwardly, hunched over your laptop, over the course of the next year.
£35: Everyone needs a full-length mirror, and this large mirror from IKEA is good value.
Large square mirror
£15: You'll have to check with your landlord to see if you can put a nail into a wall to hang this mirror up but, at £15, it's definitely worth a shot. Even if you can't change the room, this mirror can be rested on top of some shelves or a side-table.
Four-pack of mirrors
£6: This four-pack of mirrors from IKEA is exceptional value and even comes with the double-sided tape necessary to fix them to a wall or wardrobe.
Candles are an absolute must at uni, not just for brightening up your room on late study nights but, perhaps most importantly, for giving you something to look at come procastination season.The two-pack rustic pillar beach candles from Tesco (left) is £1.75 while the IKEA scented candle (right) is £0.95...
Large red-wine glasses
£1.10: a couple of these large red-wine glasses are sure to take your first home-away-from-home tipple from decidedly uncooth to super classy. Tip: get one or two spare.
Ice cube trays
£0.95: These ice cube trays are perfect for making jelly shots or, funnily enough come summer, actual ice... decisions, decisions!
£30: This durable rug perhaps doesn't feature under everyone's classification of top 'essential' items; yet it is arguably the most transformational of all of them! A fantastic size for most student rooms, this easily-cared-for rug adds a great personal touch to the space immediately upon unrolling...
£6: White towels turn grey or get lost at the launderette, so buy something with a splash of pattern that won’t mind a mixed wash. These Owl design towels will add a colourful touch to any bathroom.