The frantic fresher’s week is over, you’ve met your flat mates, been on every night out in town and now it’s time to knuckle down to the work that lies ahead as a university student. You’ve barely seen the inside of your room in between the parties, socialising and discovering the new city but now it’s time to settle down and make your new place your home.
Whether you’ve moved into halls or a shared house there’s only so much you’ll be able to do to the décor of your room. This considered, the best way to make your room homely and add a little colour to the almost definitely cream/white walls is to go to town on the accessories. You’ll probably want to go shopping to kit your room out with new purchases but remember to bring along some familiar items from your room at home too. By far the quickest and easiest way to add a little extra comfort is to buy a bright new duvet cover and cheap cushions to cover your bed.
Photographs R Us
What better way to make your room seem like home than to fill it with pictures of your loved ones from home. Populate the space with your favourite images of friends and family to make you feel that little bit closer to home and watch this space, by the end of the year you’ll be surrounded by photographs of a whole group of new friends from university.
When you move somewhere new you don’t just want to restrict yourself to your own room, the purpose of the communal space is as suggested, to be communal. You may have things to contribute to the bathroom, kitchen and living areas but as a great ‘get to know you’ housemate activity, suggest a trip to Ikea or one of the bigger supermarkets that have a home section. You can have fun buying shared tea towels, rugs and maybe even a fruit stand to add to the mix – just be careful not to go overboard and remember the student loan has to last you a few more months until the next instalment.
You and your housemates may be out at different times of the day and even evening but make the effort to have an evening where you all cook and eat together at least once a week. It’s a good laugh and you can share your skills/pick up some nifty recipe ideas along the way.