Although my time at university was short and sweet, if there’s one thing that I learnt made a huge difference in me settling in, it was making sure my room was feeling cosy, home-like and looked after. Obviously I didn’t have a huge budget (there’s only so much Student Loan than can be spent on home furnishings when a gal gotta eat), but I certainly learnt a few things along the way. Fast forward a few years, and this girl not only has a little knowledge but also a Pinterest account and some new ideas- so I thought I’d put together a little post for any freshers looking to liven up their ‘digs too!
Oh my god- if only I’d discovered washi tape when I had been at uni. I’m pretty sure I would have covered everything! Not only is it great for snazzing up stationary, but it makes for the ultimate DIY-frame fix, with no nails or fuss required (plus it peels off super easily too)! Pick up a mini rainbow selection if you can (I got mine here and here) for fun kudos too. On top of that, I also recommend picking up some postcards and cute greetings cards for some cute wall art- it’s far cheaper than most things and shops like Paperchase have some amazing picks!
I am so bad at remembering to print off my photographs, and it was only recently that I realised how easy (and quick) it was to do it online! As well as being a great way to help with any homesickness, these little Instagram polaroid prints make for amazing decorations too. I popped up a line of string, picked up some mini pegs and strung it across the room- which was a super cute way of displaying them too. I used this site, but there are tonnes of others that offer amazing services too!
Having a memo board is the perfect way of reminding yourself about things you have to look forward to (as well as deadlines, duh), and this one from Urban Outfitters is perfect as a) it’s wipe clean (making you feel like a legit school teacher) and b) magnetic, so you can pop up train tickets and other forget-me-not things you always need to remember too.
Call me twinkle toes!
I know not everyone is allowed these in their rooms at uni, so didn’t want to chat too much about these little twinkly bad boys, but thought I’d pop a few of my favourites below for some inspiration- as regardless as they are one of my favourite ways of cosying up a bedroom!
Have you got any top tips for feeling at home at your student pad? Answers below!