student room

Many people would say that moving to a student accommodation from your family home having your own space is definitely the best bit! Your room is a blank canvas that you can make your own style and theme whether it’s bright and colourful to reflect your education or calm and peaceful tones that represent a homely feel or even a quirky touch which reflects your own personality.

However, rooms in university halls can still be quite dull therefore you need the right interior decor to make it your own perfect space.

Here’s the list of our favourite ideas, D.I.Y. projects, and subtle changes that will convert your student room into a relaxing sanctuary.

1.Cosy Up Underfoot

What’s better than waking up in your own space and feeling a soft floor right underneath you… Other than not having to get out of bed at all? This makes you feel so comfortable whilst you are at your new move, Sheepskin rugs are the way to go. They are inexpensive, washable and definitely super soft.

fairy lights

Apart from hiding your hard, cold student room floors, a rug will be your best friend after you realise how much texture, colour and comfort it adds to your new home. You’ll love it that much you might end up changing your bed for your rug.


These rugs are easy to find in charity shops or cheaper ways to buy high-quality rugs if you are on a tight budget (after all you are on a student loan) then find out how to make your own rug out of old T-shirts… I guess you’ll save space on new clothes.

2. Get Creative With Your Bed

After long hours of lessons, meetings and studying you’ll be dreaming about your bed, there’s nothing better than your bed being the most comfortable and cosy it can possibly be, you can do this by adding more cushions, throws or other soft furnishings. By making your bed less bed-like and more bed/living area it will help you use all your space as much as you can.

loungeable cushions and throws for a student room

Head to your local high street home stores for cheap blankets and cushions. These will liven up your room with both colour and comfort. If you don’t see any designs you like, just use the cheap interior fluff and fashion yourself a cover out of some old fabric material.

Why not head over to your high street home stores (If you living in the UK I would recommend shops such as B&M or Home Bargains) for cheap blankets and cushions (as we all know the struggles to spend expensively whilst living in university) this will uplift your student room altogether, if you don’t see any particular design you like try DIY and find a cheap cushion and cover it with any material you like, it might end up cheaper than you first anticipated!

They are also practical for a movie night with the besties or for ‘you time’. Or when you all decide to crowd into someone’s room – no more pretending to be comfy.

3. Relive Your Photo Memories

Moving away is definitely about new experiences, fresh starts and working on who you are, bringing a bit of home with you can make this transition a lot easier. Photographs are a perfect way to style a room but also to add a bit of your life to your room, bringing instant smiles as soon you see your photographs. Try creating your own collage for an extra twist.

Either print them off yourself or head down to your closets public printer and print off your favourites memories (photos aren’t just for social media you know). Display them on your wall with some blue tac or double-sided sellotape to protect your student walls, you can arrange them in any way you like, go wild!

hanging photos for a student room

Having these on your wall will instantly remind you of your family home so you have a piece of your old memories and your new ones. You can also pin these on a pinboard but one day you will run out of space so I would definitely recommend sticking them on your wall yourself.

4. Decorative Wall Decor

Walls are one of the easiest places to put your own spin on a room. As they’re like a blank canvas for your creativity. Luckily there are loads of ways you can spruce up your walls without leaving any marks or dents. Tapestry, posters, confetti dots and wall decals are just some ways to add character to dull walls.

It’s your room, so take your pick and arrange them however you like. Even if you prefer a messy arrangement, go crazy!

confetti for a student room

Even hanging a bright wall tapestry will automatically add colour to your student room. Plus, it’s far easier than painting as all you need to do is pin it up. Try and get something lightweight if you can, so you don’t have to use too many pins.


Most landlords won’t be very keen on you cracking open a pot of Dulux paint and covering the walls with your favourite shade of cyan, so tapestry could be the answer you’re looking for.

Many landlords aren’t up for their walls to be painted Cyan, Magenta or even black, who knows. So a tapestry would be the perfect way to add colour.

tapestry for a student room

5. Introduce Some Homely Scents

After decorating your student room you started to realise the noodles you made last night and the bacon butties you made this morning are starting to take over your room, so why not make your perfectly decorated room smell nice too?

Having a nice scented candle in your room can make a whole different setting from a gingerbread scent at Christmas, a pumpkin spice scent at Halloween or a tropical scent for the summer. However in some student halls, this can be seen as a fire hazard, this doesn’t mean you can’t make your room smell nice, you still have the options of room sprays, diffusers, tea lights and incense sticks.

reed diffusers for a student room

air fresheners for a student room

Smell is the strongest memory-triggering sense, so reed diffusers are a way to introduce scents. Plus, they give off a more consistent level of fragrance. They can also be seen as a stylish feature to a room. Not only this, but your curtains won’t be at risk!

If you’re in the halls of residence, why not use the free electricity by using a plugin air freshener? These not only smell great but they last a fair amount of time as well. Not to mention this’ll be the last time that you’ll be able to have free electricity!

6. Light Up With Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are the perfect touch in your student rooms. Bringing you back to your childhood memories with your fairy light above your bed.

Lights are the quintessential product for decorating your student room. As they are great for putting the finishing touch on a fully furnished room. As the most obvious place to start, they are an absolute must when making your room feel cosy. Especially if the main light in your room isn’t very bright or warm.

Fairy lights can be the perfect way to add comfort to your room, they are great when your light is too bright at night or not bright at all. Having your tv on with that slight twinkle light on sounds so cosy to me.

They’re cheap, adaptable and are sure stylish. For that extra light try to add them around your mirror for that filter finish after your makeup, skincare or hair routine.

fairy lights on mirror for a student room

Whilst you’re making the most out of University you want to make your study time as comfortable as it can, and reading a book with such a dull light can be miserable, so maybe a desk or floor lamp may be better for you.

Lighting will help in transforming your student room from dull dungeon to boudoir chic. 

7. Cute & Functional Storage Spaces

Realised you’ve over-packed and the wardrobe is already bursting? It’s easily done, as when you’re packing for university you often feel like you need to bring everything! Your parents will tell you to take fewer clothes, but why do that when there are so many cheap solutions for enhancing your storage space?


Are you one of those people that took way too much to university? Well, shoe racks, scarf/ accessory organisers, storage hangers, door hooks and storage boxes are the best way to go, having as much space as possible in your student accommodation helps to make the room look bigger.

storage boxes for a student room

You might have noticed that your student room may not have the shelves/drawers you would have liked. Overdoor storage is a great way to save space. Try to find storage boxes that fold and are easy to transport to make your time at university easier.

matress caddy for a student room

Stackable storage is another great way to use your space wisely, you can use this to section your room up in areas, for example, book, paperwork, study texts and more could fit in these stackable storage areas to make a study space right for you. If you are really tight on space then a mattress caddy would be perfect to keep your necessities in such as your laptop, iPad and more.

8. DIY Chalkboard Student Wall

A chalkboard could be a necessity when you’re moving to university. There’s no other better way to keep all your daily information down from your shopping list, zoom meetings, lessons, key dates and your daily chores. There’s no doubt you have a lot of stuff to remember when going to university so why not try post-it notes too? They could be handy to keep them key dates or Thursday lunch with your friends, even the colour of the post-it notes could add spice to your room.

chalkboard desk for a student room

Chalkboards are easier to find than you thought, simply go down to your nearest stationery store and pick one up or if you are feeling unique then get some chalkboard paint and paint it on an old mirror.

9. Bring Nature Inside

You are busy with your studies all day and you are feeling a bit closed in. So why not introduce plants into your new room, this can make your room feel like it has a part of nature within it. If you are struggling for space then try smaller plants like cacti, Aloe Vera or a peace lily. You can even hang baskets in your room.


botanical for a student room

If you are bad at looking after your plants then try faux plants, these are still effective as they give the illusion of nature in your room. Try this with a nice vase or even a plant pot to make them look more real.

10. Don’t Forget To Clean

As you have just moved from your family home you start to realise that looking after your own little home and yourself isn’t as easy as you thought. Doing you own washing, ironing, dishes and even feeding yourself. However cleaning up is a necessity, keeping that positive mindset in your clean space is always a bonus so try a handheld hoover for extra space, so practical!

handheld vacuum for a student room

duster for a student room

Another good cleaning hack is anti-bacterial wipes. Not only will they help to clear that sticky ring left from last night’s can of dark fruits. But it also means that you clean up without collecting so many unneeded spray bottles.


Also, for those students with asthma or dust allergies, a must-have item is a duster! It’s also a good thing to have to stop the parents from nagging and mithering you, whenever they come to visit you. You can’t go wrong.


These are only a handful of the inventive hacks students have come up with over the years to decorate their rooms, if you’re looking for further inspiration then Pinterest is a great place to start. Also, we have a How To Make A Student Room A Home infographic that contains similar inspiration. Feel free to take a look!

student room

Get inventive and we’re sure you’ll develop a few decorating hacks of your own, reach out and show us your fully decorated room on Facebook or Twitter! How have you made a student room feel like home? Let us know in the comments!