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The best ways to decorate your student property

Student room, image courtesy of Paragon Apartments via FlickrWhether you've moved into student halls, a student house or a flat, it's likely that the first thing on your mind - aside from finding the best local takeaway and pub - is to give your new space a personal touch, so you can feel more at home, and wow your friends and family when they come to visit.

Here are a few ways to make your living space your own that are inexpensive, easy and won't affect your deposit at the end of the tenancy.

Washi tape

Blue tack is great, it’s probably the product you immediately think about when you need to put pictures or posters on your wall. That is a habit that you need to get out of, Blue tack has a tendency to not only dry out, meaning it isn’t very effective for holding up large posters, but it also leaves a greasy residue, which means it can stain walls, or even worse, take a bit of wallpaper, paint or plaster off with it when it comes time to remove it – this in turn could lead to you losing money on your deposit.

Worry not though, washi tape is here to save the day. Not only does this product peel off walls cleanly, it’s super inexpensive and can be found in a range of designs. It can be used to complement pictures and posters, or even to jazz up the edges of bookshelves and skirting boards, making your room that much more colourful.


Lighting is a great way to set the mood and make your home feel all that much more homely. A great way to give rooms a vibe that’s more suited to your personality is by replacing any lampshades, especially for ceiling lights. These are often inexpensive and can make your room look cosier, or even larger. Just be sure to keep a hold of the old shade and replace it when you move out.

You could also use fairy lights to give your house a nice glow, whether you hang them on the wall, around bedposts, or even across a bannister, these will give your house a magical radiance.

While many student accommodation flats won’t allow them, candles are a great way to light up your home, and if you get scented candles you’ll be able to experience extra benefits from their inclusion.

Get cosy

The easiest way to design a room that screams you is by finding a bunch of cute/funny/fluffy cushions, as well as blankets. These can be draped over beds, chairs, tables, or can be used to cuddle up to. There are plenty of stores and shops both on and offline where you can find the perfect designs for you, even if you’re only going for a colour theme.


Making a house a home is more than just what you can see, but also what you can smell. Above we suggested getting scented candles, if possible, to lighten up your space and fill it with a nice aroma. If that isn’t possible there are a host of solutions available, from incense sticks, to plug in air fresheners. Find a scent you love and fill your room/house with it. It’s always best to change the scent every month or two so you don’t become so accustomed to it that you can’t smell it anymore!


As a student you have now entered the world of being a responsible adult, which means you are expected to take care of yourself, but what better way to show how responsible you are and making your room look fantastic than by adding a plant?

We don’t expect you to go out and buy a bunch of flowers on a regular basis, though they can really brighten up a room. You can always start small with a range of succulents that fit in any small space you might have left, and you can even find a planter that fits the theme or overall aesthetic of your room.


Your walls have been adorned, your room smells lovely, and you’re just about to settle down and cwtch up with a film, and then you notice it, your floors are completely bare!

There are several benefits to adding a bright rug to your room. First of all, it’ll save your feet from freezing when you need to get out of bed on a cold morning, and second of all, it ties a room together. With the addition of a rug, your room will be perfectly decorated from top to bottom.

Do you have any decorating tips, or are you just proud of how you’ve dressed your student room/house? If so we’d love to read your tips and see your pictures! Send them to us either via Facebook or Twitter! If you have any questions about renting a student property, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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