HOW TO DECORATE YOUR UNIVERSITY ROOM
By Rebecca Maher on September 28th, 2023
Now you have chosen where to live at university, it’s time to think about how to personalise your room. Whether you are moving to university as a fresher or you are a returning student, making your own space feel like home is so important. There are so many ways to add personality and home comforts without it costing you a small fortune. Here is our guide on how to decorate your university room.
As well as filling the room with green hues, plants also boost your mental health and have been proven to increase productivity and decrease your stress levels. You can also add plenty of colour to your university room with plant pots – you can even paint them yourself. Keep an eye out for regular craft workshops in your accommodation to help you personalise your room!
Stylish bedding is a great start to making your room feel like your own. Having nice bedding is probably the easiest way to introduce colour and interesting patterns to your new room. You’ll immediately make it feel more like home, without having to spend much money. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can get cheerful bedding from Dunelm or Ikea.
Dress your bed with cushions and a blanket or throw. Ideal for those cosy autumn and winter nights that are slowly creeping up on us! You can also opt for cushions with quirky designs and slogans on to bring your bed area to life, with tons of options available online and on the high-street.
Use your storage space to your advantage. For example, all Downing Students’ rooms offer the best amount of storage. Under beds, shelving, desk areas and more. Be creative with how you store your belongings.
It is all about that extra detail. Adding small decorations such as vases and ornaments can make such a difference. If you don’t already have these kinds of items to bring to university, consider places like charity shops for one-of-a-kind pieces.
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You will be spending most of your university year working away at your desk, so why not make it a place you want to sit at. Here is a great way of customising your desk space.
Key things to include are:
Most university rooms will be generic to start off with. A simple way to transform your walls without damaging them is to get some hanging fairy lights. Twinkling lights make your space a much cosier and warm environment to work in, especially in the evening when you only need minimal lighting. Go for battery powered lights rather than plug in lights as a more affordable and cost effective option.
Use your bookshelves to not only store your university books but add things like photo frames and small décor to transform your space.
Bring a little bit of home to your room with this classic university halls decoration. Notice boards are a great way to keep your friends and family nearby as you settle in. A budget-friendly way to personalise your university room. It allows you to display photos, postcards, and other mementos, as well as organise your to-do list and notes. You can even use it as an inspiration board for your creative projects.
If you don’t have many items or are feeling uninspired in personalising your university room, here are some of our top places to shop to make your space feel more homely.
Whilst living at university, it is important to make sure your belongings are protected with insurance. Downing Students have partnered with Endsleigh, the student insurance specialist, to protect your belongings whilst living with us. Download the Endsleigh app to take advantage of all the Endsleigh benefits including accessing 24/7 health and wellbeing support. You simply need to register on the Endsleigh app, and if you do so by 6th October you will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of food shopping to fill your fridge.