Do you know what’s scary? I’m now enough of a grown up to have friends with children who are going off to Uni this year. I KNOW. The fact that I have two kids, a Husband, a dog and drive an estate car should be enough for me to be aware that I’m a proper grown up, but sometimes it takes the realisation that my friends have grown up kids to make me realise that I’m not the kid anymore. In fact, watching “13 Reasons Why” the other day and realising that one of the teachers in the show was Lane from Gilmore Girls really drove that point home!

Anyway, I’m rambling! I want to talk to you today about Free the Fresher. They’re a company which aims to make the first year of university far simpler for students by providing them with everything they need, from cutlery to stationery, in the hope that this allows them to focus on socialising in the SU bar STUDY!

Let’s face it, the last year of Sixth Form or college is usually mega stressful; as well as studying, revising, exams, UCAS forms, Uni tours, deciding on courses and accommodation and ALL of the other stuff that goes with it, you then have to actually do the whole “moving across the country” thing and frantic trips to home wares stores to make sure you have a chopping board is just one inconvenience that you could do without. I’ve seen my friends looking absolutely grey with worry, making sure that their firstborn has everything they need for their first year of independence and it can all be avoided by paying a one-off £50 fee to set them up with the essentials.

I’m a huge fan of convenience, but I am also budget conscious, however this pack seems to be really good value. As well as saving you time, you’re going to save money on the fuel to get to your nearest home wares shop (as well as all the Swedish meatballs you’ll avoid eating!), the reduction in stress levels is frankly priceless.

There are additional, seasonal boxes which you can send to your student too, including one for Christmas which includes cards and ornaments to help make their dorm feel a little bit more festive at that time of year.

The boxes were the brainchild of three former Uni students who put their heads together to think about what would have made their lives easier when they first went off to university, so you can be guaranteed that they’ve curated a special selection of stuff which will be genuinely handy to have, rather than a random selection of tat which will still be unused by next July!

If you’d like to learn more about Free the Fresher, head over to their site – the £50 price is a limited offer and as of this moment you’ve got just 22 days to sign up at that price. Let me know if you sign up!