Architecture Students: Stationary + Software



once you have your offer letter (congratulations) and have accepted your place at Uni/College, what's next?...STATIONARY, obviously. Now you might not have much money to spend and you probably wont be opting to buy books, but we designers do love our stationary and so I'm sharing some of the more practical items for you to invest in. But first a little thought for your bank accounts.


Well, you now need to face up to the next step in your education and get prepared. Often this will mean moving out, leaving home and learning to live without Mum. For some students, a growing number, Uni life still means living at home; slightly more awkward for all-nighters but possibly a little cheaper. Start to prepare a box of basic; a cook book, pots and pans, cup, bowl, plate, etc.  

Aside from where you will live, you might need to look into a part time job or freelance work. You might already have this covered but if not then see if your chosen Uni has a job shop {jobs ideal for students} or start looking around in shop/bar/restaurant windows for ads. It is best to try and find out what your term schedule will be first as courses have classes and lectures at different times, and not every day, therefore you can pick up shifts to work around your classes. 


Art students can spent a lot on materials but it is wise to collect materials as you go, if you are not already doing this. Make life easier for yourself by making your own sketchbooks, storing cardboard sheets for models and presenting on both sides of mount board. Budget, try to buy materials as you go and do not leave it to a day before a hand in. Get that printing credit on your card, pay off the Library fine, book your holiday travel and start to save money for that study trip. 


As an art student, of any design course, you will be expected to come to class and tutorials prepared with your own equipment. The following list is recommended if you are going to student Interior Architecture, it is a good idea to keep them in a durable container {a small tool box is commonly used}: 

It is advised to have the following at home:


Most courses will not require you to purchase a computer or laptop but it is advisable in the long term. A lot of Universities and Colleges have computers for you to access on campus however this might not be convenient for working from and more suited for checking email and surfing the Internet. Often students use smartphones for notes and pictures, iPads for notes and research and then laptops for project work. All of this can really add up so see how you find the course, the work you are doing and judge based on your working style. 


If you decide to work from your own computer (PC / Mac) then you'll need to look into gaining the appropriate software (many computer retailers offer student discounts):

NOTE: It is worth waiting until you have been advised by your tutor as to which software they support and will be teaching you, and when.

Often you will not be on a computer until term 2 / 3 of a course.