Student Housing

Decorating a Student Room

Moving to university for the the first time is a scary experience. once you get there you have a room all to yourself. This room is your own personal space. It should express who you are and what you are all about. A standard student room is normally very plain and basic, trying to fit all of the basic amenities into a small space so that the landlord/owner can cram in as many students into the same space. But if you decorate the room, you can easily make your room seem much more appealing and make it seem like a home away from home. Here are a few tips for you to bear in mind.


The first thing you will need is bedding. Be sure to check what size your bed is, you don’t want to buy something that is too big or too small for your bed. Your bed probably going to be the biggest piece of furniture in your room, so its the one that really sets the tone for your entire room. Whatever colour you had in mind for your room is the colour your bedding should be, or at least compliment. I would personally avoid getting a very strong pattern or colour and stick to the light and easy to manage colours and patterns. Check out some of these items:

Desk & Chair

By definition a student room should have a desk within it. If yours has not got one I suggest you start asking a couple of questions to whoever is in charge. The desk is where you should be spending most of your time studying. Try to keep it clear of clutter and give yourself ample space for your laptop. Sometimes your room will come with a lamp, if not try and get one. A lamp provides another source of light and can set a really nice tone within your room.


One thing I really got angry with in my student room is the fact that I hardly had any decent storage space! But soon I realized there were a few things I could do on the cheap to add some more space. Firstly I would like to remind you that you actually have a ton of space underneath your bed. I would only put stuff that you don’t really use a lot of here. If you want to put your stuff into something before shoving it under your bed try using one of the crates that you get when you do an online shop from a supermarket. These tend to fit in perfectly underneath a single bed!

Another solution I found were these great little fabric hanging shelves. When you are not using them they easily fold away and can be put anywhere (even under your bed). They are pretty cheap and give you 8 shelves to put all your stuff on. A handy tip is to try and buy anything that is collapsible. This means when you are not using it you can put it away and free up some room. here are a couple of ideas for you:


Accessories are a great way to give your room a lot of character at a low cost. Things like fairy lights and small rugs can really make your room feel a lot more homely. Also don’t forget things like posters and stuff. Posters are a cheap and cool way of filling up the empty space on your wall. Most universities have a poster store at the start of any school year. It is worth checking them out! they normally have really cool posters and great deals.

Hope that helped! If you have any questions or any comments just drop a line in the box below!

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