Hi guys! I received the request above recently so I thought now that I’m going into the 3rd year of my course at uni that I’d do a feature on the little tips and tricks I’ve learnt along the way.
The “How to Survive at Uni” feature will be split into 3 parts- your room, your wardrobe and then general tips.
University is such an exciting time in your life, but I know that before you settle it can also one of the scariest. It’s natural to feel nervous about moving away from home, or for some people like me, moving country. But it will all be okay in the end, I promise!
One of the most interesting things about living in halls was seeing what everyone did with their rooms. Your room should be personal to you as it will be where you’ll be spending most of your time when you’re not at lectures or out and about.
I hope you find these little pointers helpful!
- Start with your bed: As much as your parents will think that you’ll be spending the majority of time at your desk studying your socks off, the reality is that most of the time you’ll be in your room in bed either hungover or having huge lie-ins. So make sure you get a few sets of pretty bed sheets to set the style of your room.
- Pillows: Lots of cushions are perfect for snuggling up to at night or even throwing on the floor when you’ve got lots of friends over to make sure everyone is comfy. With pillows the more you have the better!
- Blu-Tack will be your best friend: A packet of blu-tack can go a long way, so go crazy and stick whatever you think will look pretty on your walls.
- Poundland: That’s right, Poundland. It’s literally a goldmine for cheap little bits and pieces to decorate a uni room with. Wilkinsons and Primark’s home department are also great for picking up affordable decorations for your room.
- Photographs: It’s natural to miss home, so bring some photos with you to remind you of where you’ve come from. In contrast I’d suggest having two pin boards- one you can fill with old memories from home, but also another which you can add to over the year. Fill it with new experiences you’ll be having with your new friends, chuck a disposable camera in your handbag on a night out and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome!
- Don’t buy a “Keep Calm” Poster: The trend is over, let’s all move on.
- Candles: Although your uni will try to confiscate these for being a fire hazard, candles are always a pretty addition to any room and if you get scented ones that’s a bonus!
- Wine bottles as vases: Use the empty wine bottles leftover from nights out to put pretty flowers in. It’s a creative way to recycle and also pretend you don’t have a drinking problem.
- Don’t keep food in your room: it can be gross and the kitchen will be the main place where you and your flat/housemates can socialise.
- Make sure your plates/cutlery stand out: I know this point is more about the kitchen than it is your room, but things go missing or get mixed up a lot when you’re sharing a kitchen with people so ensure that your stuff is distinguishable.
- Invest in a lamp: The lighting in most uni rooms is atrocious, a nice bed side lamp can brighten up your room whilst also being a bed side feature.
- Bring speakers: They’re perfect for pre-drinks or even blasting music when you’re getting ready in the morning.
- Get a whiteboard/chalkboard: Create a space where other people can be creative in your room, the results could be a giggle.
- Fairy lights: Finally and most importantly, no cute room is complete without pretty fairy lights. Wrap some around your bed or hang them on your wall to transform your room into every Tumblr hipster kid’s dream.