For a lot of people coming to university means the first time living away from home. This can be a scary time for a lot of students so making your new home, most probably a room in university accommodation, as homely feeling as possible as this can make the process of moving away from home a lot easier. So here are some easy ways to transform your sparse university room into a cosy little home for the next year (or so) of your life!
- Cushions, lots and lots of cushions. I made my dorm room feel as cosy as possible by filling my bed with cushions, not only did it make a super comfy spot to study it also meant that I could easily transform my bed into a make-shift sofa for me and my friends!
- Lights. Lights can make a room feel atmospheric, and for me I managed to change my university dorm room instantly with the flick of a light. If I wanted to create an atmosphere perfect for studying I would put on my desk lamp. If I wanted to chill with my flatmates I would put on my battery power fairy-lights and battery powered flickering tea-lights. And if I just wanted to relax before bed with a cup of tea and a good book I would put on my bed-side lamp from home. It was perfect.
- Posters. Every student during freshers week ends up buying a poster from freshers fair to fill that space on their wall and make their new room look that bit more you. From band posters, to Keep Calm and Carry On posters (yes I bought one of these!), there is something for everyone at the poster stall at freshers fair!
- Photos. Whether it’s of your partner, friends or family, it will make your room feel that little bit more like home with your loved ones surrounding you.
- Books. As an avid reader and frequent book buyer, this one for me is what made my university accommodation feel like home. I filled my three shelved bookshelf with as many of my favourite books as I could fit, along with my newly purchased course books. As soon as I had put my books up, I could feel my new room was home.
These were the five things that transformed my university accommodation into home during my first year at university and they are still the five things I take with me when moving into my other ‘homes’ during the 3 years I have been at university. Let me know what makes you think of home and what you do to make your university halls more homely feeling.