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Making It Home: A Cardiff Uni Newbie’s Guide to Personalizing Your Space

9 April 2024
Photo by John Mark Arnold on Unsplash
Photo by John Mark Arnold on Unsplash

Hey there, fellow Cardiff University newbies! Stepping into a brand new city, our first pit stop is usually our student accommodation, isn’t it? This little area becomes our slice of home away from home, where we crash, dream, and rejuvenate. But how do we turn this unfamiliar spot into a cozy haven that feels just like home, especially when everything around us is so new? Let’s chat about bridging that gap, making our accommodation a comforting space, and easing into this exciting journey with a few tips and tricks. Because really, settling in is all about the little things that make us smile and sigh in relief. Ready to make your accommodation feel more like ‘yours’? Let’s dive in!

Little Touches of Home

Starting life at Cardiff University is a thrill, but let’s be real, sometimes we all need a pinch of home to sprinkle on our new surroundings. So, how about packing a few cherished knick-knacks from back home? A couple of photos that capture your favorite moments, maybe that quirky poster from your local café, or even a tiny trinket that’s loaded with memories. These aren’t just decorative items; they’re little anchors that keep the homesickness at bay and add a personal stamp to your space. When the walls of your accommodation echo with familiarity, that’s when a place starts to feel like home. So, don’t hesitate to fill your suitcase with a few sentimental pieces that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

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Green Vibes Only

There’s nothing like a splash of green to turn a dull accommodation into a vibrant living space. Trust me, a bit of foliage does wonders! It’s not just about the aesthetic—having plants around can actually lift your spirits and freshen up the air too. I remember snagging some cool green buddies from our very own Love Cardiff shop. They’re low maintenance and oh-so-charming. So why not give it a try? Pick a plant that catches your eye; it’s a simple way to bring a bit of nature’s magic right into your university life. Plus, it’s a daily reminder of our awesome student community every time you water it!

Dream in Comfort

Dive into comfort with bedding that is all you! I can’t stress enough how a great set of sheets can make all the difference. You want something that’s not just cozy but also screams ‘you’. Imagine snuggling into bed linens that have that familiar scent of home—trust me, it’s like a hug from afar that whispers, ‘You got this!’ Plus, it’s your bed, your sanctuary, so why not make it a cloud of personal comfort? Those unique patterns or colors that you love can brighten up your room and your mood in a heartbeat. Bring a bit from home or find something new that feels like you; either way, make sure it’s the perfect nest to tuck into after a long day of university adventures!

Light Up Your Space

Lighting can totally set the mood in your room, and nothing beats the cozy vibe of a soft, warm lamp when the sun goes down. Picture this: you’re curled up in your duvet, a mug of something nice within arm’s reach, and your favorite movie queued up on your laptop. Just flip on that little lamp and boom—a bubble of bliss. It’s the best way to unwind after a day of hitting the books. So pick a lamp that gives off that perfect glow, something that says ‘relax’ in light form. It’s not just about seeing better, it’s about feeling right at home in your new home.

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Companions in Comfort

We all have that one special something that’s been with us through thick and thin, right? For me, it’s my trusty little bunny that’s hopped along with me from childhood adventures to, well, university lectures! This little pal has racked up some serious travel miles, always snagging a VIP seat right next to me—on planes, in lecture halls, you name it. It’s not just a stuffed toy; it’s a piece of home, a reminder of carefree days, and yeah, a fantastic listener. So, why not bring along that one keepsake that’s seen you grow? It could be anything that spells comfort to you. These cherished companions are like a piece of our past, ready to hop into our future right alongside us.