Updated: Oct 2, 2019
Although modern student accommodation has come a long way in terms of quality and style, there is nothing better than personalising your student digs. These tips will give you some inspirational ideas that will help you transform your room into a home away from home.
1. Add strings of fairy lights
You can drape these bad boys anywhere, from your headboard to your shelves and window ledges.
Thankfully, these are now very affordable, and you can pick up fairy lights from the likes of Wilkos and Tesco, meaning brightening your space has never been easier or cheaper.
2. Perfect Your Room with Plants
Plants are a great touch for a student bedroom, for a couple of reasons. Leaves are a fantastic aesthetic addition to your room and can add a natural touch to a room, which always complements all of your other furniture and accessories. From cactuses and bonsai’s to more traditional plants and shrubs, the world is really your oyster and you will be able to find a wide selection at your local Tesco, Sainsbury’s or even Aldi.
In addition to this, plants are well known to clean the air in your room which could be very welcome during particularly boozy periods or perhaps when the lurgy is going around in the winter months. SO, just investing in a few plants could transform your room from the stereotypical student dorm, to a fresh and wholesome living space.
3. Add a Rug
A good rug doesn’t have to be expensive and a tasteful one can really brighten up even the most lacklustre of student rooms. Argos and Amazon always have a great selection perfect for the student budget but we recommend you invest in one that is likely to last you at least a couple of years.
Although all of our student properties come with heating, investing in a good quality, fluffy rug will give your feet that extra comfort boost in the winter months and will also make your room look all the more inviting when you have had a hard day on campus our out on the town.
4. Use postcards or pictures to liven up the walls
Having things around you to remind you of the people you love is one of the best ways to make a room feel like home. It’s worth ordering proper prints of your favourite photos of friends and family so that you aren’t surrounded by low-quality inkjet printouts. Even if your accommodation doesn’t let you use blutack or less damaging blutack alternatives, most of them will at least supply you with a noticeboard where you can put up photos (as well as your timetable, if you must).
If you and your closest school friends are going to different universities, why not send them each a postcard from your university and ask for one in return? That way, you’ll have something lovely to put up on your walls, and you’ll get lots of post at a time when you might otherwise be feeling lonely. A handful of postcards and a book of stamps are both reasonably cheap, and your friends will undoubtedly appreciate it.
5. Buy more furniture
A second-hand chair and an old crate makes the perfect reading nook.
The idea of buying your own furniture seems ridiculous to a lot of students, especially if your accommodation comes furnished with everything that you think you might need. Why spend money on something so unnecessary? But as we’ve discussed above, there’s a remarkable amount that you can get second-hand, and one or two items of furniture of your own can help give your room a bit of character as well as giving you something that you can modify, up-cycle, scratch or damage to your heart’s content without fearing for your deposit.