5 ways to make your university room feel like a home away from home

Photos room decoration

Your student halls will be like a home away from home whilst you’re at university. It’s a place where you’ll spend quite a bit of time. Your student room can be treated as a blank canvas, waiting for you to add your own stamp, and touches of home. Not only will this make your new room a nicer place to unwind and hang out with friends, but it may lessen any homesickness you might experience. Here are some ideas for making your room feel more homely.


Student rooms usually come with minimal and unflattering lighting. So, it might be a good idea to invest in some form of lighting. The easiest way to do this is by buying fairy lights. You can’t go wrong with fairy lights. You might also want to invest in or bring a bedside lamp or study lamp. Think about getting one that has a number of different settings, you can change up how you light your room. With so many options on the market, you’ll definitely find something that matches your vibe.


Your bed is one of the most important parts of the room. Something that takes up the majority of the space deserves to be the highlight of your room. Most people buy bedding in a rush, usually going for the cheapest option. However, it’s worthwhile spending a little extra on nice bedding, whether you do so when you initially move in or a little later on. Given that your room takes up the majority of space in your room, choosing a duvet cover that matches some of the other elements of your room can make it feel cosier and inviting.

Photos and postcards

This is one of my personal favourites. I’ve always had a wall dedicated to postcard memories. My friends know how much postcards mean to me, so whenever they travel somewhere they send me a postcard for me to add to my wall. Putting pictures up of family and friends is also something a lot of students do. You could get a polaroid camera to take pictures of your friends to add to the wall. Or you could buy frames and adorn your desks with them.


You might instantly feel more at ease and settled after entering your home to a pleasant scent. For some reason, making your room smell nice makes it feel more like home. There are several ways you can do this. If candles and incense are permitted in your student house, both are good choices. If not, consider buying a diffuser. Or for a quick fix, you could buy a room spray.


One of the best ways to make a space feel cosier is by adding plants. In addition to being nice to look at and adding a dash of colour to a space, plants can also enhance the air quality in your room too. Having a plant in your room can also be calming. Think about choosing an easy-care plant to add some extra vitality to a space that might otherwise be a bit lifeless. However, remember, feeding and watering your plants can be easy enough to forget. Choose plants that need little maintenance, such as cacti, succulents, and aloe.

Now settle in and enjoy your room!

Surabhi Sanghi is a SOAS Digital Ambassador, pursuing a master’s degree in South Asian Studies and Intensive Language (which also means she gets to be in London for one whole extra year). She has a background in history and is interested in the religions of South Asia. She is a dog person and her only wish is to be able to pet all the dogs in London. 

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