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How to make your halls feel like home

By FLsm 05 Sep 2019

Whilst you're living in halls, it's important to have a safe (and happy) space that you can chill out in...

Moving into your halls is such an exciting time, living in a new city and waiting to see who your new roommates are but it can feel a bit daunting being away from home. Making your halls really cosy and homely will help you to feel settled and give you that little safe haven and somewhere you can put your stamp on. 

For some students, it will be the first time living away from home, so it’s nice to have your home comforts. It’s a bit of a right of passage for students to do a big haul before they get to university. So pop along to good old Ikea, Wilko’s and get all the essentials that will make your halls feel like home. could enter a competition to win over £400 of Ikea products to makeover your room. Discover more in our blog below. 


When you're far away from home, it can be comforting to see photos of your friends and family on the walls. Photos add some colour to your bare walls and can also ease the inevitable homesickness. 

Cushions and blankets

Investing in some soft duvets from your local supermarket or IKEA will help to make your room look and feel much warmer. Grab a brushed cotton bedding set for extra warmth too!

Make your desk #inspo

You're going to be spending a lot of time at your desk. Make sure to grab a cushion for your desk chair and a nice lamp to add a bit of colour. Organise your stationery so it's easy to grab and maybe even pop up some motivational quotes.

Wall hangings

Hang up a mandala, poster or photos in a pattern to cover your walls and make it feel like home. You can buy them for a decent price on Amazon.


There is nothing worse than getting out of bed and stepping onto a cold floor. By buying a mini rug from IKEA, you can make your room much more aesthetic and cosy.

Pretty books

It's time to go against your better judgement and judge a book by its cover! Books can be a great way to decorate your uni room and spice up your bookshelf. Bring some of your favourites along, and some that just have pretty spines/covers.

Seasonal wardrobe

You will have limited storage in your room. There is no need to have every piece of clothing you own. Separate your wardrobe into summer and winter - then leave what you don't need at home. This will make space for clothes you are actually wearing and make it easier to find your favourite pair of jeans.

Store things under your bed

Things that you don't need on a daily basis can be stored under your bed. Grab some plastic boxes that you can use repeatedly for storing things in your future student houses. Storage really is everything!

Snack drawer

You are probably used to endless snacks and food available in the fridge at home. Unfortunately, your parents are no longer doing your weekly food shop and you're on your own. Grab some healthy energy bars and a few packets of sweets to fill a drawer in your desk. 

Get some greenery

Another way to make your room visually more exciting is to buy plants - and get some fresh air into your room every day. Freshers' Fairs sometimes sell small house plants for cheap prices. If you're worried about keeping it alive, opt for a cactus instead. 

Happy decorating!

To win the ultimate room makeover with up to £400 worth of Ikea poducts, you can enter the competiton here.