If you’ve just moved in and are getting ready to begin a year studying in London, you may not have had the time to really move in and unpack into your apartment. But now’s a good time to start, and we’re here to help. Find out 4 cheap and easy steps to start decorating your student apartment in London.
Decorating your student apartment in London step #1:
Start with the basics.
You’re most likely going to move into a furnished student apartment in London – most of them are, but have a look around when you move in and make sure you have everything you need. Does your student apartment, studio or room have a bed? Is one bedside table enough? A desk? Are there enough places to put your clothes in? My student apartment in London (it really was basically just a room) was nearly entirely equipped. All I had to buy was linens and towels, but you never know! If you’re missing actual furniture, there are plenty of furniture shops in London: there’s usually at least one in every neighbourhood, in my experience.
In any case, you can always go to or order from IKEA, the big name in furniture. For cheap towels, pillowcase, linen etc. you can hit Tesco’s or a million other spots around town.
Big tip: you can find some really great deals online. There are urgent sales on Gumtree’s Used London Furniture and on Preloved.co.uk boards with incredible, unbelievable prices for some cool pieces. You can buy IKEA pieces at less than half price and other good deals.
Small tip: Don’t buy used linens or towels. Don’t, just don’t.
Decorating your student apartment in London step #2:
Posters – you have to have them
You’re not a student if you don’t put up a poster in your room. You can buy more than one if you like, as many as you want, but this is so elementary it should almost count as one of the basics. Appease the god of stereotypes, go on. When you have people vising your room, the posters on your wall will define you almost as much as the clothes you wear.
There’s plenty of poster sales during the welcome week (we did a post earlier on making the most of University fresher’s fairs, in case you didn’t catch it!). You can check out CD shops, they always have quite a few musical ones. Finally, you can also order posters from amazon – everything from Banksy prints to Pulp Fiction screenshots.
Decorating your student apartment in London step #3:
Add something from home
Especially if it’s your first year at University, and this is your first student apartment in London, you might try to hide it when you feel homesick. You don’t have to, everybody feels it so you might as well wear it on your sleeve – or your shelf. Bring a picture of your family or a gift from your best friends and have it around, on your desk, bedside table or shelves. Move it around until you find where it fits.
Big tip: If you really don’t want to be seen having pictures or gifts from back home, you can always stick them up on the inside of wardrobe doors.
Decorating your student apartment in London step #4:
Give it some character
Don’t make your student apartment look like the last page of a catalog. Hit the streets – you’re in London after all. Check out one of the many street / flea markets of London or the thousands of those ‘old curiosity shops’ that sell all kinds of random stuff. Go out of your way to buy something that you really like, no matter how weird, quirky, or funny it is.
Big tip: It could be a plastic globe, a mannequin’s hand, or a vintage football. Get something that will make people who walk the apartment say: “only you’d have something like this.”
Small tip: just consider that if you’re sharing your student apartment in London with somebody else, and you buy something that’s too odd or a little creepy, you may have to keep it in your room.
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