HOW TO MAKE YOUR STUDIO FEEL LIKE HOME
Ignore everything that you’ve seen on the television about barren and boring student accommodation! Your studio is now your home away from home and you can make it as unique or cosy as you want it to be. Here are just a few ideas of how you can make your new pad feel like home.
Tip 1: Add reminders of home
When you start at University it is perfectly normal to feel a bit homesick. For many students this may be their first time living away from home, which can be a bit nerve-wracking. I definitely think that filling your room with things that you love is the first step in settling into a new place. Why not cover your pin board with photos of families and friends, bring along a couple of your favourite ornaments or even a picture or wall hanging from your travels. The trick is to include enough titbits to make you comfortable without entirely replicating your room back home! Also don’t feel shy about bringing a teddy or two if you want, everyone does.
Tip 2: The UK can be chilly, so make it cosy!
Whether you’re a UK national or a foreign student I’m sure that you’ve been made aware that British winters can be cold! A way to personalise your room, and also make sure that you are cosy in the winter, is to invest in some blankets and cushions. Don’t be afraid to be as wild or tame as you want (within the building guidelines), this is your space! One of my friend’s had a particular passion for fuzzy things, including pillows, blankets, carpets and even teddies. Another was obsessed with colour, especially rainbows! Whatever your decorating poison, go for it!
Tip 3: Bring a bit of the outside, inside
Personally I always feel a bit better when I’m surrounded by nature. In your accommodation you might have access to balconies and outdoor spaces but having a plant can bring a bit of the outdoors inside. It can also be very therapeutic to care for another living creature when university gets stressful (pick your plant with reference to the ‘greenness’ of your fingers).
Tip 4: Keep it organised
At home you may be used to having masses of cupboards to store your belongings in but, sadly, even in the best student accommodation space is limited so you have to learn to be a bit more organised. Don’t be worried though, there are hundreds of little ways you can conserve space, from sock and underwear separators to hanging organisers in your closet. I would thoroughly recommend a quick trip to IKEA at the start of the year as you can often find many cheap space saving tools.
Tip 5: Make it unique
Finally, get your creative juices flowing and sharpen those researching skills! Why not draw upon your own artistic talents or, if you’re struggling for ideas, check out websites like Etsy or Pinterest for inspiration. There are so many ways you can make your room distinct, so I won’t spoil any potential ideas…
You may not realise it now, but the way you decorate your studio, can play a huge role in your University experience. Whilst you may not be able to control when that next assignment is due, you can control the way your studio looks and feels. Your room should be your sanctuary during tough times as well as the good ones. Living in a positive space can help you to function, both academically and socially.
By Ilona Cabral
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