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Accommodation

11 ways to make halls feel like home

By CGordon 05 Sep 2019

Whilst you're living in halls, it's important to have a safe (and happy) space that you can chill out in...


Often a few photos from home, fairy lights and cosy blanket can make the world of difference to your little student abode. 

Unsure of how to personalise your space? Read our top tips on how to make your room amazing on a budget:

1. Fairy Lights 

Fairy lights are a fool-proof way to make your student room feel more homely. Turn off the ceiling light and grab some yellow-toned fairy lights to add a sense of cosiness. For extra decoration, try out lantern style lights. Remember to only bring battery operated fairy lights. Plug in fairy lights are banned as they're a fire hazard.

2. Photos

When you're far away from home, it can be comforting to see photos of your friends and family on the walls. Photos add some colour to your pin board and can also ease the inevitable homesickness. 

3. Cushions and blankets

Investing in some soft duvets from your local supermarket or IKEA will help to make your room look and feel much warmer. Grab a brushed cotton bedding set for extra warmth too!

4. Make your desk #inspo

You're going to be spending a lot of time at your desk. Make sure to grab a cushion for your desk chair and some cute pics for your pin board to add a bit of colour. Organise your stationery so it's easy to grab and looks more tidy.

5. Full length mirror

Mirrors can make a room seem bigger (think how much bigger mirrored elevators seem) and can look great, especially with some fairy lights strung over the top. It'll also be a life saver for getting ready for nights out.

6. Rugs

There is nothing worse than getting out of bed and stepping onto a cold floor. By buying a mini rug from IKEA, you can make your room much more aesthetic and cosy.

7. Pretty books

It's time to go against your better judgement and judge a book by its cover! Books can be a great way to decorate your uni room and spice up your bookshelf. Bring some of your favourites along, and some that just have pretty spines/covers.

8. Seasonal wardrobe

You will have limited storage in your room. There is no need to have every piece of clothing you own. Separate your wardrobe into summer and winter - then leave what you don't need at home. This will make space for clothes you are actually wearing and make it easier to find your favourite pair of jeans.

9. Store things under your bed

Things that you don't need on a daily basis can be stored under your bed. Grab some plastic boxes that you can use repeatedly for storing things in your future student houses. Storage really is everything!

10. Snack drawer

You are probably used to endless snacks and food available in the fridge at home. Unfortunately, your parents are no longer doing your weekly food shop and you're on your own. Grab some healthy energy bars and a few packets of sweets to fill a drawer in your desk. 

11. Get some greenery

Another way to make your room visually more exciting is to buy plants - and get some fresh air into your room every day. Freshers' Fairs sometimes sell small house plants for cheap prices. If you're worried about keeping it alive, opt for a cactus instead. 

Happy decorating!