So It's nearly back-to-uni time and it's got me feeling some kind of nostalgia! It's been a year now since I graduated and left my own uni house behind, and I am feeling the FOMO.
I put together a little shopping list for future uni-bound babes to help you nail down the essentials for that transition from uni halls, to actually having a half-customizable space to work with in a student house! Student houses can be gross - lazy housemates, suspicious mould and worse-than-ikea, cheapest-of-the-cheap furniture that isn't exactly 'grammable, so I'm sharing my secrets for how to have a cosy little room that feels like your own.
1. Washi Tape - Paperchase
Landlords famously do not take kindly to holes in the walls and peeled paint. Avoid losing your deposit to overpriced decorators and use Washi tape to fill your walls with posters, prints and photographs.
2. Table Lamp - MADE.com
Mood lighting was key to making my room feel cosy and comfortable. Working into the night on my sketchbook felt a heck of a lot nicer with a lamp trained on my work and some mindless Netflix playing in the background.
3. Moon Phase Garland - Gathered Home
I hung garlands and fairy lights above my head to tackle to blank walls and strategially hide ugly spots left by the last tenant.
4. Rug - Urban Outfitters
Even the most elegant of uni houses are bound to have one downfall - the flooring. Landlords know floors will go unhoovered, trampled on and splashed with booze, so they are generally cheap, durable and usually not-very-pretty. Make the room more "you" with a beautiful rug for a prettier look and more under-foot comfort.
5. Prints - My Shop!
Fill those walls with beautiful prints to make your space personal and beautiful, without spending huge amounts of money.
6. Plants - IKEA
We couldn't miss an oportunity to talk about plants, could we?! IKEA and Homebase are great places to pick up houseplants for reasonable prices. Choose Sansivieria or Aloe Vera for an easy-to-care-for spot of greenery in your room, and give yourself something to love and nurture while you're away from pets, parents and siblings.
7. Plant pots - H&M Home
Banish the boring orange plastic of your plant pots and select something a little more *aesthetic* ;)
8. Command Strips - Wilko
My rental best-friend! Use command strips to hang light frames, tapestries and (light!!) hanging planters without wrecking your walls (and annoying your landlord) Be sure to pull them away VERY GENTLY upon removal.
9 & 10: Cushions - Urban Outfitters & H&M Home
Cosy up your space with pretty cushions for your bed will make things feel a little more *pulled together* (and maybe rmotivate you to make your bed every morning!)
11. A Good Chair - MADE.com
If you're doing a degree anything like mine, you'll spend a lot of time at your desk, leant over your sketchbook or computer for indefinite amounts of time. I highly recommend ditching the canteen-style stackable chair that is probably currently in residence in your uni room (It's better used in your living room for those inevitable pre-drinks anyway right?) and select something comfy and cute. Your butt and back will thank you.