5 Back-to-School Must-Haves for Every University Student

5 Back-to-School Must-Haves for Every University Student

We’re down to the last few days of summer vacation. According to the calendar released by the UAE Ministry of Education, classes in the UAE for both private and public schools are set to begin on the first of September.

This is surely an exciting time for incoming college students, especially to those who’ll be leaving home to move closer to campus! If you’re an upperclassman, are you done enlisting your subjects for the upcoming semester?  Before you start packing your things on your trip to the university, here’s a checklist of must-have items that will surely make campus life easier. They’re all readily available at Mobileshop, so make sure that you don’t leave home without these!

A lightweight laptop that can handle all kinds of tasksNowadays, it’s more practical to carry a laptop to class compared to a dozen notebooks and pens. Typing or recording your notes is also faster than writing them by hand, and it’s easier and more environmentally-friendly to distribute materials through electronic means compared to hard copies that take up a lot of space.

A tablet for book reviews and study group sessions

Although not as powerful as laptops and desktop computers, the tablet’s strength lies in its ease of use. This one-time investment can serve as a sketch pad, an e-book reader, and a presentation device – talk about versatility!

A smartphone with an ample amount of storage

Gone are the days when phones were strictly for calls and texts. Having a smartphone today is like holding the whole world in the palm of your hand, with every bit of information readily available with a click of a finger. To make the most out of your smartphone device, make sure that you purchase a model with enough room to store your files and a large battery capacity that would at least last a day with heavy use. If you’re a visual learner, you should also consider the quality of the camera.

A sturdy watch to keep track of time


The use of phones and laptops aren’t usually allowed during exams, and you can’t always rely on the examiner to announce the remaining time. To avoid getting stuck too long on one item, make it a habit to wear a wristwatch to help you keep track of time. This way, you’d also be able to strategize beforehand which portions of the exam you’ll spend more time on and which ones you’ll breeze over.

Your own lunchbox and water container

Looking for ways to avoid the dreaded “Freshman 15”? Prepare your own meals! Cooking your own food helps you keep track of your intake and forces you to be creative in the kitchen. It’s also more cost-effective and eco-friendly compared to dining out. Most people also have a hard time drinking the required amount of water daily, so bringing your own water bottle will definitely be a helpful reminder to stay hydrated.