Tags – Cheap Ways to Decorate Student Accommodation


Now that you’ve chosen where you’re going to live for university, you’re probably wondering how you can add some personality to your student accommodation so that it feels more like home.

Whether you’re moving in as a fresher or returning back for another year, decorating your space to make it feel your own is important.

Surprisingly, it doesn’t need to cost you a lot and you can decorate in a way that won’t cost you your deposit either.

And because you’ll be spending a lot of time here, it’s definitely worth putting the effort in to make your student bedroom feel warm and inviting.

Moreover, you now have the opportunity to transform your living space exactly the way you want it, which you may not have been able to do at home.

Here are 5 ways to decorate your student accommodation.


1. Lights

The key to make any room amazing is by adding good lighting and the same applies to your student accommodation too.

Let’s be honest – no room looks cosy with a basic overhead bulb, especially if you can’t dim the lights.

To begin with, buy some bedside lamps to keep you from straining your eyes from studying in the evening, as well as giving you a warmer option than a solid bright light.

In addition, fairy lights can make your room look magical; either crunch them into a mason jar or drape them around your headboard or window frames. 

Usually, student accommodation won’t allow you to light candles for health and safety reasons, so an alternative would be electric tea lights instead to keep the effect without losing your deposit.


2. Pin Boards

Whilst pin boards are great for adding important reminders like deadlines and reading lists, they’re also a great way to add a personal touch to your room.

For instance, you can fill it with photos of friends and family from home or motivational quotes.

What’s great is that pin boards are fully customisable which means you can update it throughout the year with memories you’ve made with your new friends at university.

So you can add a quirky and colourful dimension to your space without damaging the walls, meaning you can still keep your deposit at the end.


3. Bedding

Typically, students will buy bedding at the last minute in a hurry just before they’re about to move in.

However, having beautiful bedding is the easiest way to add some colour, textures and patterns to your new room to make it more homely and without spending too much money.

In addition, adding some pretty throws can add an extra layer of luxury, especially if the colour contrasts with the bedding.


4. House Plants

Plants are proven to be an effective way to make a room feel more homely, and they can refresh the oxygen supply in your space too.

Moreover, it’s a great way to have something living in your room without having pets as these are usually not allowed in student accommodations; so plants can bring your room to life quite literally!

At the same time, you can pick out some vibrant pots and arrange them in clusters to add more decoration without having to break the bank.

Don’t worry if you’re not good at keeping plants alive, you could always buy some fake ones just for the aesthetic and they’ll look vibrant all year round!


5. Rugs

When you move into your new room, you’ll probably want to try and cover up the floor as much as you can and a nice rug will do just the trick!

Let’s face it, who wants to live in a room with an ugly carpet – no one.

Yes, rugs may be a bit on the expensive side, but you could find a hidden gem at a charity shop or car-boot sale.

Ultimately, rugs have the ability to transform the whole space and the floor is often neglected in student accommodations.

Let’s say you want a soft vibe – sheepskin rugs are a student-friendly option as they’re easy to maintain and are not too expensive.

In addition, a rug will add extra warmth to your room in colder months, making it a little easier to get out of bed for those dreaded 9am lectures.


Finishing Thoughts

Now that you have some inspiration to decorate your student accommodation, make sure you add your own personal touches to turn it into a cosy space packed with your personality.

After all, this is your space to not only study, but to relax and socialise too, so you’ll want to make it your little wonderland!


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