Moving into your student accommodation can be daunting. For many, it may be the first time you’ve ever spent any extended time away from home. But fear not, because with some simple decorating tips and tricks, you can make that uni accommodation feel like your very own bedroom in no time!

Beat that homesickness with these ideas:

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Personalised Noticeboard

Your accommodation probably comes with a noticeboard, and if it doesn’t, you can get them pretty cheaply. Noticeboards are great because you can pin anything you need to remind yourself of, or create your very own personalised display to make your room look ten times better.

Pin pictures, tickets, wristbands, leaflets and anything else you gather during your time as a student and add them to the board to create your very own snapshot of your student life. It will act as amazing décor for your room and also serve as a useful visual timetable for upcoming events.

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Display Photos

It goes without saying, but having constant reminders of your friends, family and pets in the form of photos will help keep that homesickness at bay. Forget printing them on paper, get yourself some proper photo prints of your favourite memories and stick them up around the room. Better yet, invest in some beautiful frames and have them displayed on your desk where you can always see them.

There are plenty of creative and unique ways to display photos if your uni is strict about sticking things to walls, like using pegs attached to string lights; you could even add the photos to your noticeboard to make a collage.

A Photo Display

Choose Familiar Bedding

Most people buy brand new bedding for their university room, and it makes sense, you’ll still want a made bed at your home for the holidays, after all. However, if you want to make sure your uni room reminds you of home, you could opt to buy identical or very similar looking bedding, so it feels like it’s already your bed.

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Personalised Door

University halls tend to look completely identical with nothing but a number identifying which room is which. So why not personalise your door so everyone knows which room is yours? It’ll allow you to splash a little of your personality and interests on the front of an otherwise dull, boring door.

You can get posters specifically sized for doors, or you could stick some kind of sign on it, inviting people to knock, or you could even opt for a doormat to lay outside, making your room feel like your very own mini house.

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Rearrange Furniture

Uni rooms are ashamedly identical as a result they’re a little characterless. It’s not always possible to do anything about this, as the furniture may be nailed down or because the room is too small to move anything around. But, if possible, you could consider moving stuff around to try and make your room feel more like what you have at home.

If there is space, you could even get some more furniture for added home comforts, such as a comfy bean bag or a rustic bedside table.

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Cushions, Cushions Everywhere

There’s a reason your parents have cushions in every room and on every chair. Cushions are great for decorating blank spaces as they come in any colour, pattern or design, and unlike ornaments or decorative pictures, you can actually use them in a practical sense. Take a page from your parents’ book and get yourself some jazzy scatter cushions to make your room more decorative, homely and inviting.

Pink and White Cushions

A Comfy Throw

Never underestimate what a giant, snuggly throw can do for a room. Tucked onto the end of your bed or draped across a chair, a fluffy throw or a big knitted blanket will give your room a pop of colour and add an extra decorative touch that will make you feel right at home.

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Fairy Lights

It’s a total cliché, but there’s a reason for that. There is just something magical about fairy lights that can transform any dull, boring university accommodation into a sparkling wonderland. Well, maybe not that extreme, but they’re certainly pretty, and they will make the room a million times cosier.

Student Using Laptop in Bed Surrounded by Fairy Lights

Add Little Touches that Make You Happy

The best way to make sure your uni accommodation feels like home is to take as many reminders as you can. Whether it’s an old teddy you’ve had since you were small, or an ornament from the windowsill which has been there for as long as you can remember, filling your student accommodation with those personal, homely touches will help you transform any space into your very own home away from home.

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When it comes to the end of term or end of year,  Kangaroo Self Storage Scotland can help you keep your belongings safe and sound. No need to carry all those homely touches home – you’ll need them when you’re back anyway.  If you’re thinking of travelling and don’t have your student accommodation over the holidays, or you need somewhere to store your things moving between digs, we can help. We provide clean, secure and affordable student storage in Glasgow, student storage in Dundee and student storage in Edinburgh. We sell boxes and we’ll even pick up – just get in touch.

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Being a student means many things: late nights, long lie-ins, plenty of coffee, ramen noodles, and making lifelong friends. Another indicator that you’re a real student is just how much stuff you have.

When it’s time to move, you may think you’ll fit everything into one car load. But surprise! You have more things now than when you first arrived. You’ve got so much stuff that you’re going to need to hire a van to get it all out. Your parents won’t appreciate having to make several trips and let alone having to fill the garage or spare room at home.

As the end of the term finishes, it’s probably best to start some spring cleaning.  You will want to make sure that you get rid of all the useless junk before you start packing. It’s time to declutter your life. So, what’s the best way to do that as a student?

 

 

Try Out Minimalism

Being a minimalist is a “specific” kind of lifestyle. It’s a way to create a simpler and less cluttered space by getting rid of excess things. People who are thinking about becoming a minimalist generally fall into three categories:

  • Let’s go! Where are the bin bags?
  • No way, I don’t have a problem with too much stuff, I have a problem with too little space.
  • Sounds great, but where do I start?

If you’re a beginner and are looking to simplify your life, here are a few tips for you to get started:

  • Write down everything you own
  • Clear away rubbish
  • Discard any duplicates
  • Declare a clutter-free zone
  • Travel light

Living a minimalistic lifestyle brings plenty of benefits. Not only does it help you figure out what you don’t need, but it also allows you to make room for what’s important. With less clutter, your life will be simpler.

Sometimes it’s better to only hold onto the things that spark joy in your life, says lifestyle guru Marie Kondo. Do you really need that tatty notebook you never use? Does that pair of jeans you haven’t ever worn  really need a space in your drawers? Toss them! Or better yet, donate them. Keep those joy sparking items and remove the rest; if it doesn’t spark joy, you don’t need it in your life!

But before you commit, why not put everything in storage first to see whether you miss them?

Why not try a 30-day challenge and see how you feel?

 

Consider Self Storage

A great way to declutter your life is to consider self-storage. Try and be ruthless when you’re clearing out. You will then be able to decide what you want to put in storage more easily. Also, try and think seasonally. Do you really need those snow boots and that huge coat in the middle of July?

Be realistic and think about what you could sell in the future. You may not want that glitter lava lamp anymore, but someone else could be a collector of retro lights (who knows!?). So, put it in self-storage until you’re ready to sell it on eBay. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

Rooms and Spaces

There are different areas of a home which need to be separated and organised. You can’t just dive into the clutter headfirst. As a student, you probably have separate spaces which all need organising such as:

  • Desk/study space
  • Wardrobe and drawers
  • Under the bed! (We’re sure there’s stuff under there)
  • Your bathroom
  • Your kitchen cupboard/food
  • The walls (posters and clippings)

 

 

We suggest getting three different bags – one for things to bin or donate, one to put in storage and one to take away with you. Another option is to opt for boxes! That way you can slot your boxes easily into your storage unit. Kangaroo Self Storage can even cater to your packing needs and provide you with boxes and packaging!

Looking for the perfect way to declutter your life and start fresh with a minimalist lifestyle? Whether moving back home, or going travelling, we have the perfect storage space to help you.

We have an extensive range of student storage in Edinburgh, student storage in Dundee and student storage in Glasgow; our unit sizes range from a locker to a 2000 sq ft unit, dependant on how much stuff you have.

Book your student storage with Kangaroo Self Storage Scotland today for the ideal moving solution for all students.

 

With the weather warming up and the last term of University drawing to a close, it won’t be long until you get to relax and enjoy that long summer holiday. For some of you, you may be thinking about spending those free months travelling.

Travelling the Great Outdoors

Travelling is a great way to enrich your knowledge of other cultures, meet new people and experience new things. But travelling can be pricey, especially if you want to go for a significant amount of time.

We know that for many students, every penny is a prisoner, so how are you supposed to take advantage of these long summers and jet off to exciting places? Well, here are a few ways you can travel as a student in 2020 that won’t break the bank balance:

Do a Cultural Exchange

Every year, the Government funds a limited number of undergraduates to go on a three-week cultural exchange programme, such as Study China, so students can fully immerse themselves in another culture. The UK Government funds accommodation, travel, tuition of language courses and activities on the trip. Some Universities also offer additional funding and assistance specifically for these programmes that can be used to help fund flights and visas.

Ask your University if they support any cultural exchange programmes, or have a search online to find out if there are any available that appeal to you.

Teach English Abroad

If you’re an English speaker, you can offer your English language teaching services practically anywhere in the world.  And there’s no doubt it can be an incredibly rewarding experience too. Aside from getting to travel to far-flung places and meet lots of new people, many programmes will cover your travel expenses or even pay you for your teaching services.

Some companies you can contact are The Jet Program, for teaching in Japan, EPIK, for South Korea, and CIEE, which has teaching positions in almost every corner of the globe.

Go Couchsurfing

If you don’t mind sleeping in people’s houses, you can take advantage of Couchsurfing, a website that puts travellers in contact with people offering a bed across the globe. You can find a place to stay by browsing couches all over the world, looking through people’s profiles to find someone to stay with and then simply dropping them a message. Staying at a local’s home for free makes travelling far and wide much more feasible when you don’t have to spend money on accommodation. Not to mention you’ll get to meet locals who can no doubt give you hints and tips whilst you explore their hometown area.

Do Some Charity Work

Volunteering is a great way to see the world and do some good at the same time. Companies like STA Travel offer volunteering projects in 22 countries that are authentic, sustainable and responsible. They have all kinds of different projects; from working with children, communities or animals to conservation work. You’ll have the chance to learn a lot from doing the project, pick up new skills and enjoy experiences in places you may never have had the chance to see otherwise. Ask your University if they partner with any volunteer abroad programmes.

Volunteers

Work at Summer Camps

Summer camps are always looking for people to spend a summer teaching and looking after children on camp. With programmes like Camp America and Camp Canada, you’ll have the opportunity to see the North American continent through one of these programmes.

You’ll spend the summer working in one of these countries and on your days off you can explore the towns and cities nearby. And once camp is finished, you’ll also have the opportunity to stay for another 30 days to travel, using the money you earned as a camp counsellor. There are many different roles available, so you’ll be able to spend the summer doing something you enjoy, gain new skills, have something to put on your CV and enjoy the experience of being in a different country.

Put Your Belongings in Self Storage 

Whilst you’re off enjoying all these incredible experiences, you’ll want the peace of mind that professional storage can give you.  A lot of student accommodation contracts don’t extend over the summer months, so store your belongings securely whilst you’re travelling  with student storage in Dundee, student storage in Edinburgh or student storage in Glasgow with Kangaroo.

We offer simple, flexible and very affordable student storage options. Our secure storage facilities have 24/7 CCTV coverage, burglar alarms, smoke detectors and fire alarms – all to keep your belongings safe and sound whilst in storage. With our lowest price guarantee and pick up service, it’s no wonder so many students choose to store their belongings with us every summer.

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