You’ve found a student house. But does it feel like home? For those preparing to move in, the chances are it’s going to take a little time. You might, perhaps, have grown accustomed to life’s little luxuries having lived for such a long time in your parents’ pad.
No matter how nice it is, your student house isn’t likely to match up and some adjustments might need to be made. That’s the bad news, but the good news is this: it doesn’t take much to spruce things up, and with a little thought and careful planning, your student house will soon start to feel much more like a home.
Independent living is so exciting and for anyone set to take that leap, there’s a great deal to look forward to in the coming weeks and months. Take the following simple steps and you can do it in style and comfort.
Student accommodation can sometimes feel a little sparse, and never more so than right at the start, before anyone has moved in. No pictures or personal possessions, it can be difficult to imagine such an uninspiring space ever feeling homely. But invest in houseplants and even the blankest canvas can be transformed.
Pick plants that don’t require too much care and attention and always be sure to keep them watered. Cut flowers are also effective for brightening up rooms and adding a lived-in feel.
Turn up the comfort
Whether residing in a student house or student halls, having cushions, throws and rugs can help to make a more comfortable living environment.
Inexpensive cushions and throws can work wonders and hide a multitude of sins. It’s the same when it comes to carpets – with rugs able to make even the shabbiest room feel more like home. Got floorboards? Rugs also add welcome warmth during winter.
Invest in little luxuries
Communal spaces can be a challenge, but your own personal space is yours to improve. Don’t skimp on bedding, for there’s nothing more comforting than a thick duvet or luxurious blanket at night.
Don’t stop at the bedroom – for bathrooms are another area that often require attention. You might not be able to do much about fixtures and fittings, but invest in nice towels and be sure to keep them clean and dry.
Keep it clean
On the subject of cleanliness, there’s not much that can make a house feel more like a home than keeping it neat and tidy. This can be a challenge, especially if you’re sharing.
But keep it clean and you will notice the difference. Not everyone will want to pull their weight, but organise a cleaning rota and chores chart and attempt to spread the load. Your landlord will appreciate the effort, but it’s you that’ll benefit the most.
See the light
You might not have given much thought to lighting until now, but trust us on this, it makes all the difference. Those moving into furnished accommodation might find lamps are provided, but if not, never fear; these can be acquired for a small investment.
Being able to dim the lights improves the atmosphere and makes rooms feel warmer and more welcoming. For those seeking something stylish, fairy lights are an attractive option.
Turn to the TV
Student life isn’t all non-stop parties and, from time to time, you’ll crave a little time in front of the telly. You might find the main living area has a TV already, but commandeering the remote control can be quite a challenge.
Our advice is to bring your own television and to keep it in your room. Feeling homesick or things getting too much? You can always curl up in comfort and watch your favourite show in peace.
Don’t forget the photographs
Life as a student is all about new experiences and meeting people – but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for familiar faces in your student house. Leaving home can be difficult and this is a major upheaval that should never be underestimated. But bring along some of your favourite photographs and it can help you to settle in much sooner.
Make it smell nice
Student houses often have a certain smell – and it’s not always a welcome one. Your flatmate might have cooked something fragrant or set fire to their toast again, or perhaps someone hasn’t changed their socks for a while.
Regardless, keep your space smelling nice and it can mask unpleasant aromas and make things seem more homely. Invest in an air freshener, diffuser or room spray, and open windows for a regular airing.