Moving to university can be quite a daunting prospect. You’re somewhere new and unfamiliar and you know that a bout of overwhelming homesickness is just around the corner. Don’t panic, there are a bunch of things you can do to make yourself feel more comfortable and ‘at home’ in your student accommodation.
Although uni rooms aren’t exactly the greatest (as I’m sure we’re all aware), making your space more comfortable to live in and simply more ‘you’ will make you feel a million times better about being away from home. It can be your home away from home!
Here are 5 ways to feel more comfortable in your student home.
1. Actually unpack.
It’s all too tempting to just avoid the dreaded unpacking of your suitcase when you arrive at uni. Sure, you’re only there for a short period of time before you have to pack it all up again to go home for the holidays – but constantly living out of a suitcase is a very bad idea. You’ll just end up finding it that much more difficult to get settled. So unpack all of your things and put them away – you’ll instantly feel clearer and more organised.
2. Keep it tidy.
If you’re always living in clutter, you’ll find it that much harder to stay organised and focused, thus halting your productivity at uni. Keeping your uni bedroom tidy will psychologically help you with keeping on top of things. After all, a tidy desk (bedroom) = a tidy mind.
3. Rearrange the furniture.
Doing something as simply as rearranging the furniture in your room to your own personal taste will make you feel instantly more at home. Maybe you want to move your desk towards natural light or your bed closer to a plug socket – rearranging the furniture in your room will give you a sense of ownership and to help stop the feeling of unfamiliarity.
4. Add personal touches
Whether it be new bedding, some cushions or throws, photos or posters – adding personal touches that are more ‘you’ and more comfortable will make your room that much more enticing and will give it that cosy, ‘homey’ feeling. Add some candles (if your accommodation allows them of course) or even air fresheners for a more welcoming scent in your room. After all, if your uni bedroom has that typical musty smell you’re not going to feel entirely inclined to spend any time in there. You’re going to be living in your uni bedroom for a while – you may as well make it yours.
5. Housemate appreciation.
The great thing about living in student accommodation is that you essentially live independently, but you’re never alone when you have housemates. Building close friendships with your housemates can inevitably make you feel more comfortable in your surroundings and less like you’re missing home. You can always go to them if you need someone to talk to. But at the same time, it’s great when you and your housemates can appreciate each other’s need for your own space, too.
Written by Katy Mairs, Digital Content Contributor for student shipping service, Unibaggage.com.