How to You-ify your new accommodation


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Creative Industries
Course:BA (Hons) Media Studies
Category: Student Ambassador

8 August 2022

Moving away from home for the first time can be daunting, but also very exciting. Here are some simple ways to make the most out of your living space.

1) Incorporate self-care into your space

Whether it means having a bowl of sweets on your side table and some face masks in the bathroom, or, making it a habit to open your curtains first thing in the morning, self-care is important. If you feel sluggish in the morning, opening the curtains may feel like the last thing that you want to do, however, letting natural light into your room in this way feels invigorating and motivates you to get up and do your best.

2) Keeping it clean

A cluttered space, as many say, can lead to a cluttered mind. If your new place uses a shared kitchen, why not keep a box in your room to gather all the loose dishes ? Or why not keep a carrier bag under your desk to fill with miscellaneous items that you could donate. Placing items in these areas is quick, yet effective, if you are consistent!

3) Friends and family

Feeling alone and missing home are commonly felt by students who are new to living away. So, why not add some photos of those you love to your room. You can put them in frames, pin them to your pin board - don't forget to include your pets too!

4) Cuddly toys

You are never too old for cuddly toys and the things which bring you comfort. When I first moved away, I wondered whether I was "too old" to bring plush toys with me and whether people would judge me. Whatever brings you comfort is important, and those who judge you most likely aren't your crowd.

I wish you all the best in your university adventures. Make the most of it!

Ciéra studies Media at ARU in Cambridge. Want to know more about student accommodation? You can explore accommodation at ARU at one of our Open Days.


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