I recently finished my final year exams, so even though I don’t actually have a degree yet, I do think I’m qualified to give you some ideas on what you might need in your uni bedroom:
- Blankets and cushions:
It’s so important to make your uni room a cosy space that you can relax in after hours of studying/working/socialising. My uni rooms were all really bland (grey on grey on grey, or, alternatively, and rather excitingly, beige on beige on beige!) so cushions and blankets are a really easy way to add colour and personality, especially if your halls/landlord doesn’t allow you to put things on the walls. Student houses are renowned for being colder than the Russian tundra, so your blankets will have a practical use as well. Having spare blankets and bedding around is also very helpful for when friends come to stay as it gives them more space in their luggage for more important items, like alcohol.
Whether you choose to have real or fake plants, if you want plants at all, really depends on how good you are at keeping them alive. I have unfortunately been responsible for the death of 2 plants (rip) during my time at uni, but I’ve provided photo evidence below of the 3 that have made it, one of them for the entire 3 years – go cactus. I’ve always kept 2 fake plants in my bathrooms (none of them have had natural light) and a couple of real ones in my bedrooms, as they really do make a room feel more homely.
I know I said uni houses can get as cold as the Russian tundra, but they can also get super hot in the summer – think carefully about if you really, really, truly want that loft room. In my experience, halls were boiling even during winter, so a fan was a necessity. The white noise from a fan can also be really relaxing when you’re stressed or anxious, and can drown out background noise.
- Fairy lights and/or lamp:
It’s helpful to have a desk lamp for better light when doing uni work, and a bedside lamp is always a good idea too. We all know that fairy lights are just generally very ~aesthetic~ and give a room a more chill ambience. Fairy lights are a uni room staple. Sometimes a big light is just too much.
- Posters and photos:
It’s very unlikely that your landlord/halls will allow you to actually hang anything on the wall using hooks, so blu tack and tape are the next best thing. Uni rooms are often boring, a complete blank canvas, so posters and photos are the easiest way to make a room your own. If you don’t have posters already, your uni will probably hold a couple of poster fairs throughout the year where you can grab a few bargains. I used the mobile apps FreePrints and SnapFish to print off photos from my phone, and used the pics to make a photo wall. You could also display photos on a noticeboard or a peg line, or be really adult and use photo frames. In first year especially, you might miss friends and family from back home, so having photos can be so comforting when you’re still settling in.
- Laundry bag and drying rack:
In first year, your laundry room will probably be a complete trek. I advise you get a laundry bag with handles. I’ve been using bags for life – one for whites, one for everything else – for the past 3 years and I would highly recommend. The cost of using the dryer can really add up (you will become familiar with the abhorrence that is Circuit) and your uni house is unlikely to have a dryer, unless you’re really boujee, so a drying rack is a very wise idea.
- Extra storage/hooks:
Uni rooms don’t always have the most space for storing all your stuff. All my wardrobes have been small and drawer space has been really limited. The smartest idea is to pack light, but some of us don’t like to live small. You can pick up over the door hooks and storage boxes fairly cheap from shops like Home Bargains, B&M and IKEA.