How to make the most of small student accommodation
With a new term start date just around the corner, students up and down the country are looking forward to moving into their newest accommodation. If you’re in second or third year or for whatever personal reasons are choosing to bow out of the halls route, then you’ll probably be moving into a student house in the coming weeks.
Living in a student house can be a hugely memorable experience where there are many life lessons to be learned. One of the biggest lessons you’ll learn however is how much you value your own space, whether it’s not having people knocking on your door at three in the morning or just stretching out in a double bed. If you’re not blessed with a student palace but rather a traditional student house, here are a few tips on how you can make the most of the space you have.
Storage furniture is your friend
We’ve all been there – opened our wardrobes and seen a mountain of sartorial choices that could clothe a nation. While your wardrobe back home might be more than ample enough to accommodate your ever-growing (thank you student loan!) clothing options, your student bedroom might leave a little to be desired. Consider investing in a hanging storage unit for your wardrobe – you’ll also have the bonus of improving your folding skills! Alternatively, vacuum-packed storage is a great way for hiding away out of season clothing.
Make use of every room
Freshers’ Week is over and you’ve got a sister coming to visit – where does she sleep? If your bed can hardly fit a hamster in it, let alone two people, consider looking into sofa beds and having your guest stay in the lounge. It may not be as private, but if they’re not a student themselves, chances are they’ll be awake long before any of your house mates get up.
Have designated cupboard space
It might seem petty, but this can eventually turn into one of the biggest squabbles of student housing. Cupboard space in the kitchen is essential, particularly if you’re not into sharing your cutlery. Have a house meeting when you all move in to discuss whose kitchen essentials are going where – you can even have labels to avoid confusion. Not only will you each have an equal share of the most important room in the house, but you’ll also be able to find that all important garlic press in a hurry when you’re trying to impress guests.
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