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7 ways to make your room your own at uni


Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Life Sciences
Course: BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour
Category: Animal sciences

5 August 2022

Bayleigh shares tips on how to feel at home in your student accommodation.

1- Photos

In my university room, I have photos of my family, friends and pets in frames and put them up around my room. I even made a collage on a billboard and stood that up in my room. This made me feel closer to home because I could see the pictures of the people, I am closest to, so it helps me not miss them as much!

2- Colour theme

I really liked the idea of having a theme for my room. I chose a charcoal grey for my bedroom and a rose gold for my bathroom. I made sure as many things as I could matched each other so my room looks really put together which I think really made my room feel organised and pretty to look at.

3- Smells

I have a couple of the stick diffusers in my room which are very similar to the ones my family uses at my home. I also use similar air fresheners to what my mum uses too because it doesn’t just make your room smell nice and clean, but it brings a familiar sense to the room, which I really like.

4- Snacks

I keep a snack box in my room which is full of biscuits, chocolate, crisps, sweets etc which I love to go shopping to collect for and organise. I love keeping some snacks in my room, so I don’t have to get up and move very far if I am hungry or just fancy something sweet.

5- Music

In my room I have an alexa which I connect my Bluetooth through so I can play my own music. I love this because I just feel like music really lifts my mood. I have music playing mostly all the time because I just like the background noise instead of silence. Especially when I am cleaning, music really motivates me.

6- Pillows/teddies/blankets

I bought my favourite teddy from home with me which I think made me feel a lot less lonely even if they are stuffed animals. I also like to have a lot of pillows and blankets on my bed, which for me made my bed a lot cosier and more comfortable.

7- Revision notes

Putting up notes like my timetable, revision notes, exam deadlines etc really helps me feel organised and it helps me keep on top of things. I stuck post it notes across my desk in order of when my assignments were due and took each one down when it was completed.

Bayleigh is studying Animal Behaviour at ARU in Cambridge. To find out more about our degree courses and student life at ARU, book your place at an Open Day.


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