When you move into your new student home, it’s natural to want to make it your own. However pins, nails, even blu-tak can damage walls. In my experience, it's the little things that really make you happy - the armful of cheap glass bangles, the glittery body lotion, the stripy mug, the honey jar with a particularly jaunty bee on top. So here are some ways to customise your new digs without losing your deposit.


  • Mirrors

Mirrors are a fantastic way to make a place look bigger and lighter. You can get minimalist or decorative options, and of course, they serve a practical purpose as well.

  • Window Dressing

New curtains or voiles can make a world of difference to a home, whether you want to brighten the place up with your favourite colour, or get a bit of extra warmth in the winter.

  • Flowers

Flowers are cheap, cheerful and a great way to perk up a lacklustre mantel. Make sure to grab a cheap charity shop vase and decorate it if you’re feeling crafty.

  • Rugs

You can buy affordable rugs from discount stores, supermarkets and online. They’re a great way to cosy up bare floorboards or short pile carpets.

  • Seasonal Decor

Do participate in seasonal joy. This Christmas, hang a wreath, stick up paper snowflakes, or even just get a small light up tree - but do make your home feel cheerful.

  • Cushions

Cushions, whether you buy them or make them yourself, are a low cost, easy way to get a more colourful, comfortable home. Pick a variety of textures in one colour for a more interesting look.

  • Fabric

Fabric can simply be stuck to the walls using contact tape or pins (if allowed). Some people have also created fantastic tent like designs or ‘clouds’ using swathes of material. It’s fun and simple.

  • Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are a cute way to add light and cosiness to a bedroom, or even outdoors (pick ones designed for the weather). They look amazing looped through clematis.

  • Throws & Blankets

Draping some blankets that can double as throws on your sofas is a surefire way to keep the heating off for longer. It’ll also give your lounge a homey atmosphere.

  • Washi Tape

Washi Tape is super versatile and can be used to bring colour and life to any part of the house. The best part is that when you’re done, you simply peel off and move on. Try using it to create faux picture frames.

  • Beanbags

Beanbags are a student cliche for a reason. They cost less than new armchairs, can be tucked out of sight in a moment and allow you to have all your friends over at once. Win win.

  • Artwork

If you can’t hammer nails into your walls (likely) you don’t have to give up on artwork. Canvases can be propped against walls, sculptures placed in bookcases, or paper art clipped onto strung wires.

  • Bar Cart

The perfect student house accessory, you can put together a pretty bar cart for very little, and everyone can customise it. Just get everyone to contribute their favourite soft drink and spirit, and go!

  • Peel and Stick Tiles

A relatively new idea, peel and stick tiles can be applied over existing tiles to give the place a new look. Plus, if the ‘tiles’ are ruined by any pasta explosions, you can simply peel and replace!

  • Plates and Cups

Sometimes it’s the little things that count; as India Knight says in her book The Shops:

“In my experience, it's the little things that really make you happy - the armful of cheap glass bangles, the glittery body lotion, the stripy mug, the honey jar with a particularly jaunty bee on top.” - India Knight, The Shops.


How have you personalised your student home?

We can offer help and advice at Mighty Student Living and have a huge choice of excellent student accommodation in locations throughout Lancaster and with a full range of prices. Please contact us and we would be happy to help at hello@mightystudentliving.co.uk. Tel 01524 548888.