7 Essentials To Make Your Uni Room Homely (+DIY)


September is slowly approaching and what does that mean? Back to school, college or uni (or it could be earlier for some places around the world). For so many students out there, it is the exciting (and equally scary) time of moving away from home to go to university. I'm one of those students; well hopefully depending on when I receive my results on the 13th of August. 

7 Homely Uni Room Essentials + DIY | Nimble Note

Along with many other daunting aspects of going to uni, such as meeting new people, the work load and living independently, leaving the comforts of home is a little sad. Especially leaving behind your own room which is your space to design, express yourself and hold all those precious (also many useless) items. 

Let's be honest, university accommodation isn't going to be like living in a luxury hotel. But it's going to be your home for the year; your place to study, sleep, wallow in self pity and other things. Adding homely touches to make the place feel more comforting and more like your own place, rather than a last minute booked B&B, is always a great thing to do.

So when Parachute got in touch and asked about uni room/dorm essentials, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share what I'll be planning to take and I've compiled a list of essentials to make that dull room feel more homely.

7 Homely Uni Room Essentials + DIY | Nimble Note

A Rug

You may be thinking that a rug is pointless, not only will it add a nice touch to your room, but it will feel like you're bringing a piece of home with you. What do I mean by this? Well, you could use the rug a home for a while before you move out so then when you get to uni and wake up each morning you'll be stepping onto a familiar feeling until your surroundings become more familiar.

Comfy Bedding 

What is better than getting into bed after a long, hard day? But let's be honest beds are just for sleeping....what about those neflix marathons! Fluffy pillows and a duvet are obviously needed, but you gotta get a lovely bedding set to cover them - whether you choose one that is plain, patterned or adds pop of colour always make sure its soft!


I know you have the comfy bedding and all, but you've got to have a blanket to hand to snuggle into for those netflix marathons, comfort eating sessions or when you have a hangover (I expect that they will be pretty prominent in freshers week). Also, they add a nice touch to any room!


This one may come in different forms : photos, cuddly toys, ornaments, books etc. You aren't going to need to take every little thing you own, just take a small selection that you can have dotted around your room. Even if you don't have the things on show at home (like me), you never know, a quick glance at those items may help banish any oncoming feelings of homesickness.


Adding some greenery to a room brings about a sense of calmness. You could pick up a small fake plant or fake flowers (much easier to take 'care' of) and place them in a decorative pot or vase. I plan on picking up some little succulents or cacti and having a few on a shelf in cute little pots.

Fairy Lights

I'm not to sure how each university or college is with fairy lights, as I know some places don't allow them. But if you're going somewhere where they aren't a problem then go ahead a string some above your bed, across shelves or wherever else they'll go. Fairy lights just make everything better! They instantly make a room feel cosy by flicking them on and any other lights off. So tumblr or what?!


If you can't illuminate your room with fairy lights then bunting is a great option, it can make a boring shelf look all pretty or fill blank spaces on a walls. Bunting can easily  be picked up from many craft stores or even ordered online, but sometimes it's much more satisfying making your own. 

So here is a really simple DIY you could be doing on those 'nothing to do' days throughout the rest of summer (it's a lot easier than it probably looks as the sewn outline isn't needed and only there for decoration).

DIY Bunting - perfect for making a college dorm/uni room feel more homely | Nimble Note

What you will need:
  • fabric (use assorted if preferred)
  • triangle template
  • needle & thread (use one colour or go wild with a bunch of colours. Matching the colour of the thread to the colours on the fabric looks really nice)
  • string
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
1. Draw around your template on the back of your fabric for how ever many triangles you want then cut them out.
2. Thread your needle then go ahead and get sewing about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch from the edge, but make sure to leave about an inch or more at the top of the triangle to create a flap over the string in the next step.
3. Lay your triangles out in the order you want them to go and using the hot glue gun stick the string along the top and fold the flap down over it to fix it in better.
4. Once it's all done, hang it up and you're good to go!

So there you have it, those are my tips for making student accommodation more your own. Do you have any to add? Please share them in the comments.

I just wanted to add a little extra on the end to mention something amazing that Parachute does. Whilst having a browse on their website I found out they are in partnership with Nothing But Nets, who provide bed nets to help fight malaria. You can read about it on their website here.

As a little disclaimer, I was not told I had to mention the brand and there is no payment for doing so, but I wanted to mention them as I love that they are supporting a very good cause and wanted to share that. 

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  1. Definitely agree with these! Uni accommodation can be so damned bland and it's always good to bring little bits from home to make it a little less depressing. Really like the bunting idea! Might be trying that for my final year :D

    Fii | little miss fii

    1. Aww I'm glad you liked it : ) I'm kind of excited at the thought of getting to decorate my uni room with little touches here and there

  2. I love this post so much! I too am 'hopefully' (i hate waiting for results day ugh it makes me feel ill just thinking about it!) going to uni in september so will definitely refer back to this! Good luck for results day x

    Phoebe | Phoebe’s Diaries

    1. I'm trying not to think about it but I just can't help but count down the days! And thank you, you too : )

  3. Good luck on getting your results! We'll be waiting to hear! Having a home where you're comfortable and feel cozy in so important. It really does affect you and the way you feel, at least it did for me. I had a huge weight lifted when we got out of our apartment and into our new home. :o)

    1. Aww thank you, only 10 more days! And I definitely agree : )

  4. Just found your blog and I absolutely love it! definitely going to stick around to see more posts! xx


    - Little Bee x

    1. Awww, thank you so much : )