I’m sure you’ve envied the Instagram photos of rooms with draped fairy lights, polaroid pics and plants hanging from the ceiling. Although student halls are often pretty basic, we’ve got some top tips to make your student room feel like a home away from home.
Print Photographs of Friends and Family
Moving away from your family and friends can seem like a daunting prospect. So, it can be comforting to surround yourself with photos of familiar faces, particularly in your first year of university while you’re finding your feet.
Think of your new student room as a blank canvas where you can express your personality. If you’re looking to recreate your favourite Pinterest board then check out PhotoBox to get cheap polaroid prints of your own photos. You never know, these photos could help you start conversations with your new flatmates, especially if they realise they’ve been to similar events with their own friends.
Bring the Outside Inside
You may spend more time in your room than you expect while at university, particularly when you have assignments due.
So, to prevent living like a hermit, add some plants to liven up your space. As well as being very “instagrammable”, plants also release oxygen which can help to freshen the air- great for those 2-day revision sessions (or a Netflix binge). Plants also have a calming effect, which could be beneficial for any last-minute essay writing.
Store Your Stuff Properly
Storing your notes and textbooks is essential for an organised room but can also help with your learning. When it’s time to start revising or writing an essay, you don’t want to waste your energy by hunting for lecture notes. Other than making your life easier, storing your work can help to compartmentalize your life while at uni.
Independence and time management are two major skills that you’ll develop throughout your degree- both of which can be practised by organising your notes. University can be a bit of a balancing act with lectures, social life and other commitments. However, a calendar on your wall or desk can be a helpful reminder of key dates so that you’re not missing any important deadlines.
Take Home Comforts
To help you feel at home in your new room, bring familiar objects to your student halls such as a pillow, dressing gown or anything personal to you. Although it can be tempting to invest in all new home décor, your first few weeks at university might feel a little strange, so home comforts could help you to feel more comfortable.
The environment in your student halls can have a profound effect on your mood, and while you’re studying, you might feel overwhelmed or stressed at times. However, by applying our top tips, you could create a relaxing, calm space that you can enjoy even when those deadlines hit!
Written by: Lizzie Horrocks