Dreary curtains, stark bathrooms, peeling paint, sticky tables … sound familiar? Whether you’ve just moved into Uni halls, or have moved out and into a student house, for most of us we’ve got to make the most of what little we’re given.

Unless you’ve forked out for one of the “luxury” student halls or houses (and let’s face it, are they really luxury or just kinda nice in comparison to the rest?) then you’ll probably be looking around at your new home for the year, wondering what you’ve got yourself into.

As we hit the middle of Freshers’ week, we’re all a bit skint, which doesn’t make personalising your new home easy.

I’ve trawled the shops to give you some inspiration, finding bits and bobs that will brighten up your home and still leave you money for the expensive few weeks ahead.

Who cares if the boiler breaks or mice invade or the house crumbles down around you when you have a gorgeous new rug that compliments your favourite lamp from home? These items should kick off your search to make your average student house/flat your own home.

White and silver circle garland, HOBBYCRAFT £3

This metallic garland is a perfect alternative to bunting and will brighten up any plain wall.


Distressed look rug, WILKO, £25

This rug will mean less hoovering/sweeping for us lazy students. A must.


Paper floor lamp, WILKO, £10

Create the perfect mood lighting for your house parties with this paper lamp.


Velvet heart cushions, PRIMARK, £3

Primark home section delivers again with these cute heart cushions, an absolute steal at two for £3.


Vinyl bookends, NOTONTHEHIGHSTREET.com, £10

These quirky vinyl bookends are heavy enough to prop up all the books you should be reading but haven’t yet opened.

Multi-photo frame, WILKO, £7

Get round the dreaded no-blu-tack-rule with this big photo frame, the perfect solution for your photo collage.


Food storage containers, LAKELAND, £8.39

If you love batch cooking but are battling for freezer space, these 10 containers are brilliant value and easily stack on top of each other to save space.


Bathroom caddy, DUNELM, £8.99

Fed up of bottles of shampoo and shower gel all over the shower floor? This bathroom caddy tucks neatly in the corner of the room and is affordable if you can convince your flatmates to share out the cost.


Jasmine reed diffuser, PRIMARK, £1

For only a pound this diffuser has lasted me over three weeks and counting and has masked those strange smells that just don’t seem to shift from student houses.  


Retro 3-piece saucepan set, SWAN, £32.99

This retro-look saucepan set is now reduced and comes in a pastel blue, red or green, so there’s no confusion with your flatmates over who they belong to.