Living in on-campus accommodation at Uni is fun, vibrant and immersive, but can also be loud and cramped at times.
Having your own private haven in a shared living environment is important so you have somewhere to escape the constant parties when you’re after a little ‘me time’. Here are our top tips for turning your room into a retreat.
Get a chalkboard for your door
A good old fashioned chalkboard will let your floormates know where you are, when you’re studying and when you don’t want to be bothered. It prevents people from knocking on your door when you’re trying to concentrate and allows them to leave you messages without disturbing you.
Get yourself a portable air conditioner
Don’t have aircon in your dormitory? When you’re feeling hot and bothered, there’s nothing worse than being stuck around multiple bodies also generating heat. When you feel irritated and need some time out, retreat to your room and crank up the air con for a quiet, cool oasis!
A lounge will add that extra degree of comfort
If your room is on the larger side, you might be able to squeeze a lounge in there. This is great for separating your sleeping space from your leisure space. It also means you’ll have enough room for a friend to crash if they’re visiting.
Invest in noise cancelling headphones
Sometimes no matter how high you crank the volume on your speakers, it can’t drown out the party down the hall. There’s nothing worse than being unable to sleep the night before a big exam when everyone is celebrating right outside your door. Noise cancelling headphones will assist you to forget about what’s going on around you and relax.
A gaming console can actually enhance study
Having a study plan is vital, and incorporating breaks into this plan is necessary for productivity. If you’re a bit of a gamer, getting a console for your room will create an incentive to get through each task – just make sure you stick to your time limits!
Make your own mini cinema
If you’re really looking to construct your own bubble, set up a TV and home theatre system in your digs. Just make sure you have a reliable lock on your door! Movie night is essential for those evenings when you need to wind down and de-stress. It’s also a great way to get to know your dorm-mates on a one-on-one basis; just be aware, they might start lining up outside your door to experience your home cinema!
Hire your stuff
Dorm living means moving back in with the parents at the end of every study year. Don’t waste your money buying all your furniture and accessories when you can hire them for a fixed term. That way you don’t have to worry about fitting them into your car for the drive back home!