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Room Decoration Tips for Students on a Budget
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Room Decoration Tips for Students on a Budget

May 3, 2022
5 min

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Warm, refined and, classic, yet contemporary!

Being a university student does not have to mean living in run-down student housing. Your accommodation is your haven after a long day of lectures and sports, as well as part-time jobs or extracurricular activities.

Your student dorm will have a homey feel if you're happy to invest some thought and work into cleaning up the room you've been assigned. There are a variety of ways to dress up your student dorm, no matter how big or tiny it is, to make it pleasant and friendly while yet allowing your personality to shine through.

Here are a few low-cost methods to spruce up your living space:


Did you know that beds can be used to decorate the residence of a student? Bedding comes in a wide range of vibrant colours and patterns to suit any taste. Your bed takes up a lot of floor space, especially in studio flats.

Adding the correct bedding to the mix will create a vibrant focal point that will liven up the space. Good-quality bedding does not have to be pricey, making it a fantastic budget-friendly décor option for students.

Throws provide dimension to a room, especially when the colours contrast with the bedding. For a new and vibrant look, contrast beige bedding with a brilliantly coloured blanket.

Investing in good blankets and pillows

It's a good idea to bring some homey items with you when you move into your new university room to brighten it up and add your own unique touch – and beautiful bedding is a fantastic place to start.

Without spending a lot of money, having attractive bedding is probably the easiest way to incorporate colour and intriguing patterns into your new room and make it seem more like home.

Wilko and Primark both provide colourful bedding, depending on what you're looking for. Check out the Urban Outfitters sale for some great deals on duvet covers, pillowcases, and cushions, among other things.

Add lamps and fairy lights

Are you looking for an Instagram-worthy method to decorate your student space? For a fashionable home, fancy lighting is a must-have. You have a lot of alternatives when it comes to lighting your university room. From charming light boxes to stylish bedside lamps, adding light sources will freshen up a room and create a peaceful ambience.

Lights are a subtle technique to give a dull, uninviting area a warm, friendly vibe. If you want to make a student room more comfortable, decorative lighting is a great way to go. Fairy lights have grown popular in student rooms in recent years.

Add green vines or strings of photos

Have a few clips left over from tip six? Use the remaining vines or rope (for portraits) to style your walls.

Vines are a wonderful way to give a room a pop of colour and individuality without turning it into a jungle!

Accent walls

While you may not be able to paint your dorm room walls, you can certainly create your own reversible fabric wallpaper. The fabric will add a splash of colour and individuality to your space. While the installation will take some time, the end product is amazing.

Fabric wallpapers are also a wonderful alternative if your walls are smooth or softly textured. The tapestry can be utilized to adorn the walls as well. Strips or tapes, available at any hardware shop, can be used to safely display your tapestry without causing damage to the wall.

Do It Yourself (DIY)

Make your own bookshelf

If you get imaginative, you can make anything into a storage space for your possessions. With a little love and effort, even a modest stepladder can become a lovely storage element. If your bookshelf's back panel is basic, you can add images to the empty places behind your books to make it more personal. That way, all of your buddies will be there (at least in spirit) to help you get through your next essay deadline. If you get imaginative, you can make anything into a storage space for your possessions. With a little love and effort, even a modest stepladder can become a lovely storage element. If your bookshelf's back panel is basic, you can add images to the empty places behind your books to make it more personal. 


Everything – even plain lampshades – can be customized. You may project any design you desire around your room by poking holes in them. A word of caution: only do this with lamps that you own, otherwise you risk losing your investment.

Create your own  wallpaper

This one may appear frightening, but bear with us. It turns out that temporary wallpaper can be made with nothing more than cloth sheets and liquid starch. All you have to do is pick your material (the wackier the better) and stick it up with starch using a sponge roller. You can just take it off when you're ready to leave.

Make your own headboard

If your bed is looking a little drab, you may personalize it by designing your own headboard. All you need to do is go to your local hardware store and get a good-sized plank of wood to decorate with lights, fabric, or whatever else you choose.

Paint your own rug

Painting a rug is a simple way to create a one-of-a-kind, personalized item. You can find inexpensive rugs in thrift stores and other secondhand places, but you'll get the best results if you choose one with a low pile.

Hang accessories on a corkboard

There's no reason why storage alternatives shouldn't be appealing as well. Consider this jewellery board, which is an easy method to keep track of necklaces while also saving space in a room. If you want to keep your bedroom looking minimalistic, you can attach these to the inside of wardrobe doors.

Washi tapes

Get some patterned Washi Tapes to embellish your walls if you want to go all out. It's essentially a more advanced version of masking tape (remember that from school?) and, once again, allows you to customize your room without having to forfeit your deposit!

Ours came from Typo, but they're available at just about any store with a home décor section. Nice!


So you've arrived at university and can't find a mirror? Urgh. We understand your anguish.

IKEA four-panel square mirrors are all the rage, and if your landlord or halls don't object, you can just leave them on the walls for the next person.

We recommend double-checking with your halls or landlord to make sure you're allowed to hang a mirror. Alternatively, you might pick up something similar to these mirrors and carry it with you wherever you go.

Add plants and greenery 

A little bit of green never hurt anyone (right?!), so why not get a houseplant? Cacti, aloe vera, and spider plants are reasonably easy to care for if you're not great at remembering to water your infants.

Batch Plants and Bloom and Wild both have some gorgeous plants for sale.

You may also add some vitality to your area by using imitation plants. They'll appear vibrant all year, take minimal care, and can frequently look very realistic if you're not ready to become a plant parent.

Add small decorations

Candles and reed diffusers may give a place a polished appearance and scent.

Primark candles were put to the test. What's our conclusion? We give them a grade.

We'd also recommend looking for candles at Home Sense or TJ Maxx if you're on a budget. Vases and scratch maps are just a few of the additional decorations you can add to your area.

Organize your desk

Even if it's not very elaborate, your desk will require some sort of organization. We recommend bringing a decent magazine rack (for storing papers), a pen pot, and an in-tray with you.

You may also require plastic desk storage boxes to contain your books, notes, and other stationery, depending on your room and what you've been given.

When it's time for a last-minute cramming session, it'll save you time looking for those bothersome revision notes.


Decorating and making your student room pretty means going back to a warm and homely vibe. We have bought you budget-friendly ways to make your room cosy and homey too without hampering your pocket.