So, all the hard work has paid off. You’ve just about recovered from the nerves of Results Day, and you’re starting to plan for the big move. Leaving home is never easy, but take it from a recent grad – your uni will start feeling like home pretty soon. I still remember the first time I accidentally called my university halls “home”, and the weird look I got from my Dad. But it was true – it really did feel like home – where you have the freedom to do what you love, surrounded by your best friends, in a space that you’ve made your own – your uni room!
So here are our top tips, for making your uni room homely (and pretty awesome)
Bring your own bed sheets (and even your own curtains if you have money to splash).
Even though you will be provided some by your halls of residence, the bed takes up a lot of space in a small room, ultimately setting the tone. So if you want your room to be colourful, delicate or dark and edgy, get a duvet which matches your personality. You can get some pretty good deals from Primark and Argos
Fluffy pillows and duvet
Whether you were out all night at the SU, or up all night working, you’ll need quality pillows and a duvet when you hit the sack. Although your uni will provide these too, they may have lost some of their oomph… A cosy bed is one of those little luxuries that will make you feel like you’re in your own bed back home.
Pictures of your friends and family
This has to be one of the things almost every fresher had in their room when I was at uni. Not only can you get pictures printed really easily online and mailed to your door, but you can use your creativity to arrange them in a way to make it a piece of art! And of course, it’s a lovely way to take a piece of home with you.
Candles/ air fresheners
Got a candle you use at home? Take it with you! Besides, they make great decorative pieces, and will give your room its own fragrance (and it will mask that unloved-uni-room smell!) Just be careful that you’re allowed to use candles, a lot of unis might not allow this. In which case, take an air freshener.
We’re getting quite tumblresque here, but fairy lights really amp up the cosy factor, and sometimes those uni lights are a little too harsh. Turn on your fairy lights and have a nice relaxing evening/ movie night.
Wall art and posters
Type in ‘Wall art’ or ‘Wall stickers’ on eBay, and you’ll find hundreds of cool designs which peel off your wall. A pretty cool way to make your room your own and stand out from the rest. Posters work great too, especially something motivational.
Make room for important things
Like course books and your laptop/ computer. Storage is always an issue, but try making the most out of your floor space under your bed by buying storage boxes and filling them up with some of your belongings. And you can buy them in almost every colour/ pattern. Try stores like Wilkinson, Primark or random (but inexpensive) home decor shops in the high street.
Rearrange your furniture
Why not look into a little bit of Feng shui? You can move your bed and desk around in a way that suits you, but make sure you put it back in its original place.
You can’t keep pets but…
I once got sea monkeys – pretty low maintenance and cool to stare at. Or just get a plant, and pump some fresh O2 into your room. What’s more homely than one of your mum’s plants?
A good pair of speakers
You’ll need a decent pair for movie nights in with your friends, for watching TV, and for occasionally blaring that music before a night out at the expense of waking and annoying your flatmates…
Uni bathrooms aren’t the prettiest sight known to man, but you can make them a little more cosy by adding a fluffy bath mat and shower mat. No one likes a cold floor in the morning.
University heating usually switches on and off according to a schedule, but if you get colder than the average person, get yourself a little heater.
And that’s it! If you have any tips, comment below to help out yer fellow freshers. And remember, just bring things which give you comfort – and if that’s a teddy bear which you’ve had since you were 6, who cares – bring it!
But a quick word of caution: if you’re going to be sticking things to your wall, get white-tac instead of blue-tac, or adhesive strips which easily come off your wall, otherwise you will be waving goodbye to that deposit. Good luck and enjoy your freshers week!