Last year I wrote a blog post giving you a tour of my on-campus accommodation – now that I’m in my second year I thought you’d like to have a look around my new house!
When you say you live in a student house, the stereotype seems to always be negative. The assumption that we all live in tiny rooms with unpleasant furnishings and nasty landlords is a myth. Most of the time, this is not the case at all!
This year I live in an 8-bedroom house, which is split into a 6-bedroom house and a 2-bedroom annexe. I live in one annexe with my best friend Nikkii and my boyfriend Alex has a room in the house with 5 others. Both rooms in the annexe are en-suite and we have our own kitchen between the two of us. I pay £115 a week through a property agent in Worcester, so less than I paid last year for en-suite halls. As well as the decent price, the house is only 5 minutes from campus too!
This is our kitchen which has tonnes of room for us – cupboards galore! It also has an oven, grill, electric hob and washer dryer.
My bedroom is upstairs and has its own front door so I don’t have to disturb Nikkii every time I leave. It is so nice having a double bed and I can honestly say it’s one of the comfiest beds I’ve ever slept in! I decorated a notice board with tonnes of family photos and some fairy lights to make it extra cosy. I am a huge home bird and since I don’t get to go back to Wales very often, these little touches make it feel like home.
Next we have my desk area where I do all my uni work, which is a very big space. I have plenty of room to keep my text books and photos that motivate me. Decorating on a student budget doesn’t have to be difficult – my advice is to shop around and be creative with what you can find. I got the bunting from EBay for £2 and have Primark fairy lights entwined with it to make it extra cosy in the evenings. The fairy lights from Primark are also battery powered, which are a great alternative to plug-in lights and candles.
The next part of my room is my dressing area where I keep my makeup, etc. I also store my keyboard here, which I use to help me write music. I’m currently writing music for a Christmas pantomime as I’m the musical director of Loco Show Co this year.
Finally, we have my en-suite! I absolutely love the mirror – it makes getting ready for early morning lectures a lot easier. The bathroom as a whole is a great size with lots of cupboard space too.
If you take anything from this blog, let it be my three top tips in regards to second year housing:
- Put in the effort to look around in order to find the best option for you.
- Have an idea of what you want from a property before you view it.
- Be creative with you decor – it’s amazing what you can do with a bit of bunting and some imagination!
I hope this blog has been a useful insight into the reality of second year housing and has dispelled some student house stereotypes.
Happy house hunting!