I was never homesick 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 their own taste 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 more like home.
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 homeware game at the moment, and Primark has 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 won’t survive your first year so keep it cheap and cheerful!
Fairy lights are one of my favourite ways to make a room feel cosey. They are also so easy to get hold of never mind inexpensive. Primark is 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 Party 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 can’t 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 there 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 everything you should consider packing here!