What you need in a student kitchen

Are you a landlord who rents to students? If so, you may be wondering what you need to put in a student kitchen. Even though students aren’t exactly renowned for their cooking skills, you’ll still need to ensure that the space has everything they need to prepare and hot cook meals. Even small kitchens for students should at the very least come with a cooker with a hob and oven. Other essentials include a microwave, fridge freezer and cupboards.


Landlords should always install a cooker in small kitchens for students. Ideally, it should have an oven, hob and grill to allow tenants to cook a variety of hot meals. Our premium range of compact kitchens has a safety cut-out timer on the hotplates, which reduces the risk of a fire occurring. This is important since cookers are often used excessively by students.


Microwaves are an essential appliance for student kitchens since they allow tenants to heat foods quicker than if they were to use a conventional oven. This is because, unlike traditional ovens, microwaves cook food from the inside and the outside at the same time. Students can cook food in a few minutes, leaving them to do other more important activities such as finishing essays and cramming for tests.

Cupboard space

Don’t underestimate the importance of cupboard space in a student kitchen. Since the kitchen will need to accommodate several individuals, each with their own pots, pans and food, it’s essential that there’s plenty of storage available. This allows students to store their belongings separately whilst helping to prevent mess and clutter in student kitchens.

Fridge freezer

A fridge freezer is a requirement in student kitchens. A fridge allows tenants to keep food cold, helping it to stay fresh longer. Cold temperatures slow down the activity of bacteria in food, which means it takes longer for it to spoil. A freezer can also prove incredibly useful for students when it comes to saving money since they can buy discounted food and then freeze it to use at a later date.

Kitchen bin

A decent kitchen bin is well worth investing in since it sends a message to your tenants that you would like them to keep the kitchen tidy. Mess can quickly become an issue in student kitchens, however, by providing people with somewhere to dispose of rubbish, you can limit this to some extent.

Studioline kitchens for student accommodation

Studioline kitchens are ideal for student accommodation. This ingenious system links wall cupboards, side panels and splashbacks to your chosen kitchen, providing a complete kitchen solution that’s not just compact and stylish but easy to install too.

At Elfin, we supply Studioline kitchens that are compatible with our1200mm or 1500mm Premium kitchens. Our Premium kitchens come with everything you might need for a student kitchen, including an oven, hotplates, sink, cupboards and drawers.

Talk to our team today to find out more about our range of Studioline systems which are ideal for small kitchens for students.