Moving away to college or university is an extremely exciting time for young people and for many it’s the first time they’ve been away from home and living independently.
Again, that sense of independence that you get in having a space of your own is valuable for personal development, but there are a few different things that you should keep in mind to get the most out of your experience (and your space!).
Want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your college accommodation or apartment space? Here’s a short list of tips that you may want to consider, and that might help you in your new home journey”
Keeping Things to a Minimum
There are some occasions where you might have a little bit more space to play around with, such as in a house share, for example.
But, for the most part, you might find that you’re working with a reduced amount of space in a college dorm, or apartment/flat nearby campus.
It’s for this reason, then, that you need to think carefully about what’s important to bring with you on your trip, and what you can do without.
If you have a bunch of extra stuff that you find you don’t have any use for now that you’ve moved out, you might decide to sell it on in order to make some extra cash. You can then use it as a rainy day fund to help you get through, or even on some new supplies that you might need for studies.
Look for a Larger Space
While tiny dormitories may seem like the quintessential housing solution for students, luxury modern apartments such like RWinvest are becoming extremely popular – especially for students and young people wanting to live in the city.
Many modern apartments offer space as well as a minimalist décor that allows you to meld and shape your accommodations around your busy schedule.
You could take some inspiration from this and try to cut back on having anything out that doesn’t need to be by keeping everything clean and tidy.
Having a larger space means having the means to organize your belongings and create a space that helps you relax and concentrate properly – especially when it comes to studying.
Personalize Your Space
Putting your own stamp on a place and making it feel your own is an important part of living away.
Again, you’re going to spend a lot of time within the same four walls when you’re studying or just chilling out, and so it’s important that you give it your own flair.
Many decide to start by putting up photographs of friends/family to give it a little bit more of a homely feeling, but you could even go so far as to add in a splash of paint and liven things up a little – depending on what the landlord will allow, of course!
If you perhaps aren’t allowed to personalise your space or don’t want to go to the effort of redecorating, smart technology could be a great way of modernising your home and bringing it into the 21st century.
If you want to quickly alter the vibe, for example, colour changing smart LED lighting can be a great choice, and doesn’t require you to do any shifting of furniture or additional DIY work. You might say that it’s as easy as screwing in a lightbulb.
Explore Your Surroundings
Of course, it’s important to make sure that you get the most out of the apartment or dorm space that you’re paying for, but you also should remember not to lose sight of the amount of opportunities and exciting things going on around you on your campus (and in your surrounding city if living in an urban area).
Remember that your living space is largely a hub for you to operate from, rather than a place where you should spend all of your time.
Tip – With studying in particular, make sure that you’re getting the most out of the facilities and libraries available to you as they are often the best places to get work done, and collaborate with others to get the most out of your experience at school!