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10 best single bedding sets for students that are cheap and durable

You don’t want to spend valuable studying time trying to wrestle your duvet into its cover, so we’ve found the simplest options

Leaving home can be hard enough, leave the bedding finding to us ( iStock/The Independent )

You can’t bring all your home comforts with you when heading off to university.

When it comes to bedding, there are some stylish and affordable pieces on the market that are guaranteed to make you feel at home in your new student digs.  

Single bedding sets aren’t just for kids: we’ve found some design-led duvet cover and pillowcase sets in single size that are refreshingly grown-up – think geometric prints, preppy stripes and stylishly understated monochrome with unisex appeal (if you haven’t already retired that unicorn duvet cover, now’s the time).  

Leaving home for the first time can be a challenge. Yes, you may have aced that A Level in physics but do you really understand the complexities of doing the laundry?

Included in our round-up are some single bedding sets that are thankfully easy care and iron-free, and we’ve even tested an all-in-one duvet and cover set that takes the hassle out of dressing the bed. Because every moment spent wrestling a freshly-laundered duvet cover on is a moment that could be spent studying.  

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Ikea skogslonn single quilt cover and pillowcase: £25,Ikea 

One for art school students, this Gerhard Richter-esque print from the always reliable Ikea offers a wealth of visual texture in contemporary muted tones. But the busy pattern belies the bedding’s silky feel. In fact, sateen-woven from cotton and lyocell (a form of rayon), this set gives off an inviting sheen. With easy care instructions and zip fastenings for speedy changing, this duvet cover set’s ideal for undergrads away from home.  

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Habitat scallop mustard and anthracite printed single duvet cover set: £30, Habitat  

Offering two for one style points is this reversible duvet cover and single pillowcase set from Habitat. It’s more expensive than some on the list (as we’re talking student-friendly budgets) but that’s largely down to the fact this bedding is made from 100 per cent cotton, a naturally breathable material that’ll award you extra comfort. The graphic scallop print in mustard is instantly eye-catching and promises to brighten up the dreariest of halls. On the reverse is a chic and modern anthracite and white stripe – flip it to suit your mood.   

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Dunelm non-iron plain dye slate single duvet cover: £13.99 (plus pair of pillowcases sold separately, £3.99), Dunelm

For timeless style that’ll see you through to graduation, sometimes it pays to go simple. We loved this affordable set in chic slate grey – a soft contemporary hue that’ll go with practically anything. In cosy polycotton, the duvet cover and pair of pillowcases will withstand a cool tumble dry, but more importantly, this non-iron material leaves you free to think about more pressing issues than pressing your bedding. After all, you’ve got Plato’s Republic to read.  

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River Island bright pink ornate print single duvet bed set: £35, River Island  

Fashion students will love this statement duvet cover set that lays bare its homage to Versace’s baroque print – River Island being the high street purse-friendly heroes we need. The single duvet cover and pillowcase set, in a glorious cacophony of colour clashes and graphic filigree print, is made from 100 per cent cotton sateen, making it silky smooth in feel, and super comfy. But that’s no excuse to be fashionably late to lectures.  

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Fatface autumn blooms single duvet cover set, navy: £40, Fatface  

Start the new term with cosy bedding that gives contemporary florals an autumnal filter. This homely duvet cover and pillowcase set is made from 100 per cent cotton and feels soft and luxurious to the touch – hence its relatively high price. We loved the muted earthy tones of this one. The bold, nature-inspired print promises to add texture and warmth to your new, bare surroundings. You’ll find ditsy florals in an attractive ochre on the underside – ready to dive into.  

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Silentnight no cover needed single bed set: £39, Very 

There’s laziness, and then there’s ingenuity. The clever folk at Silentnight must’ve had students in mind when coming up with this easy care bedding. Another set in chic and stylish grey – this time more of a textured marl – the 13.5 tog duvet and pillow set boasts sewn-in covers, meaning the whole lot can go straight into the machine on wash day. The microfibre cover and hollowfibre filling makes this all-in-one bedding super soft (not ideal if you prefer more substance to your pillow) but nonetheless, an easy-peasy alternative to the conventional.   

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In Homeware blue mandala single duvet set: £17.50, The Hut  

If you’re heading to uni following a life-changing gap year of travel, you’ll love this mandala printed duvet cover set. In rich blue and crisp white, the bedding brings instant laid-back bohemian style to any bedroom, and is made from 100 per cent cotton percale with a 200 thread count – impressive for its affordable price. You won’t have any troubles dreaming of adventures to come in this one.  

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Bianca cotton grey stripe single duvet set: £40, Room to Sleep

A nautical stripe never goes out of fashion, and this 100 per cent cotton (read breathable) duvet set is cool in more ways than one. We think it’s worth investing a little more of your student loan in quality bedding from a brand whose sole focus is ensuring we get a good night’s kip. We loved this duvet cover and pillowcase set for its fresh, preppy appeal – ideal for the uni years. Crisp and clean, you can wake up fresh and ready to fill your brain with goodness.  

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M&S spot print single bedding set: £15.60, M&S  

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our mums over the years it’s that you can rely on Marks & Spencer for quality. And if you’re a fresher flying the nest for the first time, you’d be wise to heed that advice. Bringing eye-popping colour and pattern with a smart Sixties aesthetic to lonely looking student accommodation is this surprisingly affordable single set. In soft polycotton, its composition makes it easy-care with minimal (if any) ironing needed.  

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Tielle love luxury single essential student survival kit: £155, Tielle Love Luxury  

We all know that a good night’s sleep is paramount to our physical and emotional wellbeing, and for students facing deadlines and exams, that’s especially so. If you’re a fresher who really values their slumber – or perhaps you’re buying a parting gift for your grad-to-be – this luxurious set from the brand who also kit out top hotels, is the way forward. Along with the crisp cotton duvet cover and pillowcase are the duvet, pillow, mattress and pillow protectors and even a hand and bath towel. A caring kit indeed.  

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The verdict: Single bedding sets for students  

Ikea’s skogslonn quilt cover and pillowcase is a striking bedding set with contemporary art influences. We loved its easy zip fastenings and smooth and silky feel – ideal to dive into after a long evening with your head in a textbook. For its easy care and clever design, Silentnight’s no cover needed bed set is a great choice for new undergraduates who need all the help they can get with the laundry. 

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