I was never home sick in my first year but I knew people who were. Of course a few candles and posters aren't going to replace your parents or your cat but I do believe they can go a long way to making a space your own. In most cases your bedroom at University will be the only space you can truly call your own and it will also be the space you do most things in (sleeping, eating, working, drinking, relaxing) so it is vital that you feel 100% comfortable there. Everyone has there own tastes but I've put together a few tips on how to make those peeling magnolia walls and that unidentifiable stain on the carpet feel a little less like prison!
Your bed will probably be the biggest space in your room and is probably where you will spend a huge chunk of time (sleeping, eating, working, relaxing etc) so make sure it looks great and is super comfortable. Getting bedding that you love will brighten your room whilst adding cushions, blankets and throws will make it extra cosey and comfy during the winter months. Supermarkets have really upped their game at the moment with homeware such as this gorgeous Sailor Girl Pin Up Duvet Set from George (I have this for my new house!) and Primark have some great bedding too (featured in the Picture below).
In fact places like Primark, Supermarkets and Argos are the best places to go for University essentials. Many of the stuff wont survive your first year so keep it cheap and cheerful!
One word. Posters. Even if you feel you have outgrown covering your walls in copious amounts of posters you may find at Uni that a few here and there will make your room feel a lot more welcoming. In my first year I had a couple of batman posters, a long with a vintage world map and my beloved 'We Can Do It' poster! I'm pretty sure most Uni's will have a poster sale in Freshers' week so be sure to pay it a visit!
Photos are a really great way of dealing with the big move too! Be sure to take some photos of your friends and family back home with you to stick on the walls in your new room. You can add photos of your new adventures throughout the year too! There are so many printing sites online nowadays such as Snapfish, Freeprints and Vistaprint and often they'll have great offers and deals when you sign up! Pinterest is full of great and cheap ways to display your memories - dedicate a whole wall to your photos, peg them up on bits of string or make a 'photo heart'!
Fairy lights are one of my favorite ways to make a room feel cosey. They are also so easy to get hold of never mind inexpensive. Primark are always selling super cute battery operated ones (just make sure you're stocked up on batteries!) and they're a great way to decorate a desk or a headboard. I personally love my Flamingo Pary Lights from Dotcomgiftshop and Sass and Belle have some lovely Rose Garland Lights in stock at the moment.
Desk lamps are pretty essential for all those late night essay writing sessions but it doesn't mean they cant look nice! Wilkos have desk lamps in a range of bright colours for only £4!
Obviously keep space in mind but the odd candle here and their takes a student room from a student room to a student home! Again all supermarkets and places like Primark sell lovely candles. I also have this great device called an 'oil burner' that you put a tealight in burn wax melts I have some lovely fragrances from Yankee and Bomb Cosmetics (you can pick one up from Bomb Cosmetics themselves or have a hunt around online for cheaper deals, I think I got mine from B&M or Poundland.
Struggling with what to take to University? I wrote a whole post on every thing you should consider packing here!
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