How to make your student halls feel like home
Making your room in Halls of Residence as comfortable as possible can help you to settle in and soon make it feel like a home away from home. You don’t want to be living in a dull and dreary space, so get creative and put your own unique stamp on your room. Here are some tips to help you make your student halls feel like home.
Your bed will be a big feature of your room, so an investment in some new bedding can make a real difference. A new duvet cover and pillow cases can be bright and bold or pale and interesting depending on what impression you want to make.
Wash new sheets and duvet covers before you arrive and when you put them on your bed, they will feel and smell like home. If you can stretch to a mattress topper or new pillows, it can make that university bed feel more comfortable and help make for a good night’s sleep.
Your bed may also have to double up as your sofa. A few inexpensive cushions lined against a wall can help create an area for you to relax in. If you are feeling creative you could even make your own, although if you are not particularly crafty, shops such as Primark and Argos sell a wide, economically priced variety.
It’s easy to get some of the photographs you’ve got on your phone or tablet printed online to bring with you. You can then use your best artistic talents to display them. It’s a special way of taking a piece of home with you.
Photographs are also a good talking point. When your new friends visit your room they may ask you who the people are or where they were taken. Don’t forget to leave some space for all the new memories that you are going to be making.
Don’t worry about those students who put up posters of obscure indie bands that they have never really heard of just because they think it makes them look interesting. Put up posters or pictures that mean something to you.
You could bring your favourite from home or you can pick posters up quite cheaply. Online retailers such as notonthehigstreet.com offer personalised wall stickers. You could have a quote from your favourite book, film or song lyrics made into a sticker you can easily put up.
Don’t forget to use white tac or adhesive strips which will come off the walls easily without leaving any marks. You want to get all your deposit back when you leave.
University rooms aren’t known for their ambient lighting. A string of fairy lights around a mirror or hung on the wall can add a cosy feel and they aren’t expensive. If that’s not quite the look you are going for, a simple desk lamp can help brighten your room.
Your room in halls may not have as much space as you are used to at home. Some storage boxes will give you more space and they come in many different shapes, sizes, patterns and colours. Shops such as Wilkinsons, Primark and supermarkets offer a reasonably priced selection.
Get a plant
Every student brings the obligatory plant to university, but it will make your room feel more homely. If you are not very green fingered, a cactus might be resilient enough to survive if you keep forgetting to water it.
A fluffy bath mat
There is nothing like getting out of the shower and standing on a nice fluffy bath mat instead of a cold, hard floor. A colourful towel and bath mat can brighten up any en-suite and are an inexpensive luxury.
Add a rug
The carpeting in halls may not be very plush, but a rug can cover any questionable marks and add some colour or give a cosy feel to your room.
Bring your favourite books with you. It can be comforting to see their spines on your book case. If you are not a reader, bring another of your favourite mementos from home.
Have a tin of biscuits/sweets/nibbles in your room. It can make you feel better if you have to stay in and finish that assignment when your friends are out if you can have the odd little treat.