It’s tough being away from home at uni. It’s even tougher still when you feel trapped between four very boring, very plain walls in an overall very dull room. It can ruin your uni experience, the dread of coming back from lectures or from a night out to a room that you hate. We all know that there is a big difference between a house and home and so by following these simple tips, you can make your new student accommodation feel more homely and your overall uni experience more enjoyable.
Personalised items really allow you to make a room your own an also the magic with this is that you can go as subtle or as far as you want. Whether this is alphabetised cushions, bedding with your face on or ‘best sister/brother’ memorabilia, even one item can help tomato the space feel like yours. My favourite way to do this is through personalised mugs. I enjoy nothing more than sitting and relaxing with a mug of Yorkshire Tea but for whatever reason, the experience is made even more enjoyable when I drink from my B mug. Mine was £2 from Matalan and it’s the perfect size to alternate between a mug, a pencil pot and a makeup brush tub. Versatile, pretty, cheap and a great way to feel more at home.
Lighting can make a big difference to a room. We all know that soft, orange hues are more inviting than the sharp, white of lightening that usually appears in student accommodation, especially in the winter. So why not experiment a little? My favourite options, why not try an alphabetised light or some fairy lights. You can buy these from Flying Tiger Copenhagen which are a cheap alternate to the Mediterranean vibes we’re beginning to see take over Urban Outfitters. They look gorgeous, give off plenty of light and are an effective way to give a cosier feel to any room. Try them on the wall, hanging from the ceiling or inside a jam jar for a more rustic feel.
Putting photos on the wall is a sure fire way to make a room look more homely. By scattering photos around the room, whether that be on the walls or in frames, you’re reminded of your happy memories as soon as you wake up or enter the room. Why not get creative and peg some photos onto a hanging piece of string? Instant happiness.
This may not be for everyone but as I said before, I love nothing more than a good cup of tea to cheer me up and to relax into the evening. That means that for me at least, a teapot was a must-have when I moved into my new accommodation. Britain’s love of tea hasn’t gone unnoticed with many companies now experimenting on the tea front. Now you can be sure to find one that matches your style. My favourite? This pink Japanese inspired beauty by Wayfair.
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