Hello there! My name is Parker and I am a first year student in Langwith College. I was really excited to decorate my room before I started university. But I didn’t know what specific things I should bring. I love how my room now feels like a reflection of me, proudly displaying all the people I love and all the things I want to be.
Top tips for making your room feel like home:
I found my room to feel quite lifeless and empty at first. Literally because there was nothing on the walls. So firstly I recommend bringing as many posters and wacky paintings and concert tickets as possible. This will give your room life, specifically your life. Let your personality shine in your room and I believe you’ll find it feels like home. Secondly, absolutely bring loads of photos of family and friends! I find it really heart-warming whenever I miss them to look up at the photos and remember they’re still with me in my heart.
My notice board with photos and posters and desk with decorations.
To go along with all your wonderful photos and posters, I recommend bringing more drawing pins than you’ll think you need so you can pin them up on the notice boards. Every time I feel lost, I know I can ground myself and become inspired when I look at my notice boards. That reminds me, make sure to bring some decorations that will motivate you to do the work for your degree. I study Film and Television Production. So I have many film posters around my room. This make me remember my goals to work in the film industry and motivates me to start the essay I’m inevitably procrastinating.
A notice board showing posters and sources of inspiration.
Finally, I find my room feels most like home at night due to the fairy lights and my duck shaped night light. The lights make my room feel really warm and provide a soft glow that accentuates all my other decorations. Also, I have glow in the dark stars which are so awesome! I found they made the first few nights here less scary, since they helped me familiarise myself with the layout of my room even in the dark.
Top tips for making your room practical:
My number one tip is getting a drying rack for your room. These are very helpful to dry your towels on and anything from clothes to bedding.
My second top tip is to bring lots of storage containers to keep items such as important documents, letters and medicines in the same place. I use shoe boxes for these so I can keep track of where everything is in my room. I find my room feels more homely when my decorations can shine rather than papers scattered about!
My decorations on shelves and a notice board, along with a drying rack.
Something I hadn’t thought about is how comfy my mattress would be, so I highly recommend a mattress topper. I think this makes your bed super cosy and helps you get better sleep, which is vital for a uni student! Loads of pillows and blankets have made me very grateful in the colder months too as I find my room gets a little chilly in winter. These are also really useful for when friends are staying over in your room, as everyone can feel cosy.
My bed with my teddies and IKEA shark.