16 IKEA Sustainable Student Essentials

It’s back, our new list of uni essentials from our favourite Scandi home goods store. Here’s a look at this academic term’s eco-friendly and sustainable goods that will save you money, while allowing you to keep an eye on the environment.


HÅRTE LED work lamp

LED lights use 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs, so you’ll love this easy to use lamp. Power it with a USB port or use a regular socket to light up your room. Its super slim design also allows it to fit almost anywhere.

Price: £15


SJÄLSLIGT  Decoration set of 3

These ceramic cacti are a stylish addition for any student who loves plants, but doesn’t want to worry of needing to water them. It’s okay, your dead orchids forgive you.

Price: £15


BRÄDA Laptop support

This sustainable bamboo laptop rest is great for days where you’d rather work in bed than go to the library. You don’t have to worry about it taking up too much space either, as it’s easy to hang on your wall or fold flat for extra space.  

Price: £12



This handmade notebook created by social entrepreneurs in Doi Tung, Thailand is a great alternative for when you don’t have your laptop or tablet on hand. Let’s be honest, regardless of tech, we all still love stationary.

Price: £3/ 2 pack


FÄRGMÅRA  Quilt cover and 2 pillowcases

Made with durable materials, this 100% cotton quilt cover and pillowcase set will give you the good night’s sleep you need after a wild night out.

Price: £10



It’s not just any ordinary glass. It’s wide shape allows you to use it for drinking and serving tasty desserts, so that’s less washing up for you. Winner!

Price: £0.50


FRAKTA Carrier bag, large

It’s iconic, it’s classic, it’s great for storing all your bits and bobs and it basically lasts forever. A must have bag for uni life. If you’re feeling creative…

Price: £0.50



Made of out of solid hardwood, these hangers won’t snap under the weight of your five pairs of jeans unlike plastic hangers. They also add a few extra style points to boot.

Price: £3.50/ 8 pack


STRAPATS Pedal bin

These pedal bins are great for sorting out your recycling. Perfect in your bathroom to throw away cotton balls, bits of tissue, bottle tops and other waste over time. Tidy home, tidy mind.

Price: £9.75


KAVALKAD  Frying pan, set of 2

Cooking a fry up to nurse your hangover? No fear, you can sizzle up the perfect breakfast with this energy efficient frying pan that reduces the risk of burning and sticking. Just make sure you keep it hidden as it’ll become a must use for your flatmates too.

Price: £5


FLUNS  Magazine file

Stay organised by stashing all your files, folders and notes using this 100% recyclable magazine file. Lovely.

Price: £0.90/ 4 pack


IKEA 365+ Food container with lid

Save your money and reduce food waste by storing leftovers in these bamboo and glass food containers. They also come in plastic or rubber lids which you can switch between. Cool and functional, can you ask for more?

Price: £3.25


TALGJE Mattress topper

This mattress topper isn’t just soft, super comfortable and easy to clean. It’s also roll packed, so no worrying about where to fit it on your coach journey back home for Easter. Phew.

Price: £70

JÄLL Drying rack

Is it laundry day already? Hang your garms both indoors and outdoors with the JÄLL drying rack. Once you’re done, simply fold it up and put it away to be used again next week. Or next month even. We don’t judge.

Price: £5


OFTAST range

You can get a set of OFTAST plates and bowls for just 50p each. Seriously, what’s not to love.

Price: £0.50


SAMMANHANG Box with lid

As part of the new SAMMANHANG range, this set of cork made boxes is trendy addition to your student home. Store small things like change, makeup and jewellery in it and you’ll be sure not to lose them again.

Price: £12


Looking for more items to jazz up your student home? Check out IKEA’s list of inspirational ideas for student living.


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