Moving away from home for the first time can be quite daunting, and sometimes even moving back to uni after a long summer can be quite strange. It’s not nice to feel like a guest in your own home, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time there. Rented properties and rooms in halls are usually quite plain! It can be hard to do them up to make them feel like your own space, and I’ve been doing a LOT of shopping around. Since this is my 3rd year at university, I thought I’d share a few tips and tricks I’ve learned, and show you my current room!
BRING THINGS FROM HOME
You don’t need to buy everything brand new! Bringing things from your own bedroom at home can help to increase familiarity. This urban outfitters marble print bedding has been an obsession of mine all summer, and it felt natural to pack it up and take it to uni.
MAKE SURE ITEMS WORK FOR YOUR HOME ROOM AND YOUR UNI ROOM
Other items like the throws can easily go with my bedroom at home so it doesn’t matter where they are. I was guilty of overbuying pink items in my first year, only to get home and realize they don’t suit the color scheme of my bedroom at all! My bedroom at home is plain white, but I’ve recently introduced shades of grey and pink to make it more playful.
PUT UP SOME PICTURES
Putting up some photographs of yourself with friends, family, and pets can instantly make you feel at home! It can also help to get rid of homesickness. I have put up some of the Instax Polaroid images I’ve printed over the years onto my wall using white tack and also in this copper frame.
So I’m totally obsessed with this concept at the moment – the feeling of “Hygge”. It’s a Danish word, pronounced HUE-GUH, which loosely translates to cozy, charming, or special. It’s well known that you can’t BUY Hygge, but you can do things to help you achieve it in a sense. For me, that’s my cozy fur and knitted blankets, my fairy lights, as well as my huge bean bag. I tend to wrap up in my blankets with a hot green tea and sit in the bean bag and read a good book … I also like to light a candle sometimes… (but DON’T DO THIS IN HALLS!!!! No one wants a huge fire!). Hygge means something different to everyone, you just have to find what works for you.
SHOP MY UNI ROOM