Monday, 3 September 2012

How To Make Your University Room Your Own

When you're away from home, it is nice to have your own personal space, something I have learnt at university and after 8 years at boarding school. So, I've teamed up with Joules to put togehter a handy guide to everything I have learnt over the last 9 years to help you settle in, either if you're heading off to university to live in halls for the first time, off to kit out a room at boarding school or moving into your own room in a new flat with either friends or strangers. I'm moving into a new apartment in Los Angeles at the end of the week, and as Joules now ship to the USA I might treat myself to one or two bits so I can really settle in! 

I have always found that the most important thing is having nice bedding, it has always been the thing I have spent the most on. Your bed will probably be the focal point of your room, and it will set the tone and theme of the whole room. Regardless of if you have a plain or patterned duvet, I'm big on having lots of different print and colour cushions and pillows on the bed to really liven them all up - they also help make it extra comfy! At home I have plain white sheets and patterned pillows, but at uni last year and in my last year at boarding school I have pale pastel purple and white patterned sheets with bright, mixed pillows in pinks and blues. Actually, I wish I had known that you could shop bed linen at Joules before I did my mail order for stuff for my new apartment, there are some pretty awesome designs in this collection I need in my life!
Yellow Horse Cushion: £40, Blue Throw Rug: £85, Floral Bird Print Cushion: £40, Yellow Throw Rug: £85, Blue Striped Pillow: £15, Tartan Throw Rug: £85

In most cases in a dorm room your bed will also double as your sofa and reading area, and even in a shared flat with your own living room or common area it is always nice to have a personal space to relax and read/ watch tv (usually on your laptop) to yourself! Usually, this ends up being your bed so whenever anyone asks me what is the one thing I would be lost without at uni I would say my cushions I litter my bed with to turn it into a sofa. Also, a lovely throw rug or artisan blanket looks amazing and homely on the end of your bed, and is amazing to snuggle up in during the Winter months after a long day and you just want to kick back and relax!
Pink Candy Striped Towel from £15, Blue Striped Towel from £10, Multi Coloured Stripe Towel from £10Horse Print Towel from £10

I was lucky my room in halls had an en suite bathroom last year, but at boarding school I had plenty of experience using communal bathrooms and shower rooms! Your towels basically become a fashion accessory, so the brighter the better! Also, I like them to match the theme of my bed. Joules home section is relatively new, and I really hope they start making bathrobes - I find they are the very best thing for comunal living. Also, as someone who has walked on a communal bathroom floor, after someone else has showered, I really recommend you pack a pair of flip flops to wear and and out of the shower. Also, it is an unfortunate fact of life if you use expensive shower products in a communal shower someone else will use them, so I recommend a plastic basket or something to carry your things too and from the shower room.

Finally, your desk. If you are a student especially, while you may not really want to think about it, you are actually there for work after all! I found my paperwork got everywhere, so storage drawers and boxes are a must to keep track of everything, unless you won't be able to find any of your notes when it gets around to exam time and you need to study. Also, notebooks are important, one nice one to take to class to write down assignments, and a little desk one that I find was indispensable for writing weekly supermarket shopping lists!

What are your hints and tips for settling into a new room, flat or apartment? What do you think are must haves to take to university with you?

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  1. This post has reassured me that I'm not crackers for having a toiletries basket so that none of my flatmates use my stuff in the shared bathroom, thanks! x

  2. Great post.
    I'm the same when it comes to bedding. :)
    And I totally agree about everything else, too.

  3. I'm about to move into my house for my second year and I've started picking things out for my room so it's more 'me'. I definitely think a toiletries basket is a good idea, I kept all of my things in my room when I wasn't in a shower, it was very annoying to find that they would be used otherwise! x
    Sirens and Bells

  4. Great post! I'll be moving into a dorm room shortly and the points you mentioned are definitely helpful! :)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  5. These are cute decorations!

    Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

  6. I'm an absolute sucker for a cosy blanket and they look amazing :) x

  7. such cute stuff! I see that you are soon to be living in LA - what for?


  8. Ahh, I wish I'd had some tips like this last year when I was making the move for the first time, but I'll definitely be grabbing a couple of those throws & possibly the duvet set for when I head back to Canterbury! xx

  9. Definitely agree about nice bedding! I studied in Germany for year and it was impossible to find bedding that I really liked - that room never did feel like home!

  10. nancy @ adore to adorn5 September 2012 at 05:02

    Enjoy LA! It's where I went to school and my husband lived there from childhood! It's a unique city and if you enjoy it for what it is, it's so incredible.
    Love this post and the inspiration. The floral is so pretty!

  11. Yeah, grab it before you leave - I wish they stocked some of it in Fenwicks, I looked but with no avail...

  12. I'm going to be attending classes at UCLA for a year!

  13. This is a really cute blog post and I love the tip about making your bed into a sofa :) I've actually just posted a blog post similar, all about how to decorate your room on a budget and make it super homely, and how I will be decorating my room :) If you want to check it out the link is :)
    I also love the section on desk decoration! I love notebooks and they definately make me enjoy my work more!!