Student Living: Creating your home from home

7 ways to make your student flat as cozy as possible…


Student accommodation is designed to be versatile.

Each room begins as a blank canvas, and decoration is both permitted and encouraged.

Here’s 7 ways to decorate your new flat to transform it into your cozy home from home.


Add a touch of colour:

If posters and fairy lights really aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty of ways to beautify your room that don’t involve bundles of blu-tack. Perhaps invest in some brightly coloured bedding and bath towels. You could even take this a step further and commit to a set colour scheme, such as pastels or primaries. For those who prefer a monochromatic space, prints and patterns are perfect for making a statement, whilst preserving minimalism and simplicity.

Maximise storage:

Storage boxes are incredibly useful at university. Much of your day will be spent in your room and so it’s important to keep things organised. When your desk is covered in books and notes, it can become difficult to switch off during your free time. Sorting your work into tidy folders is a great way to keep your space as a relaxed environment. There are plenty of cheap ways to create storage spaces from the things lying around in your flat. For example, an empty shoe box is great for bulky items such as staplers and printer ink. Cereal boxes can be used for keeping papers organised while cracker boxes are handy for stationary. Cover them in wrapping paper to add a colourful and personal touch.

Switch up your lighting:

Lighting can have a significant effect on the ambience of a room. Warm and soft lights are a great way to create a comfortable and calm atmosphere. Small table lamps can be especially useful for studying in the evening as they’ll feel far less intense.

Brighten your space with mirrors:

Mirrors are a great way to distribute natural light and can help create the illusion of space. Decking your walls with smaller mirrors or even unwanted CDs will fill your room with reflected multi-coloured patterns during the day.

Smell good, feel good:

Candles are usually prohibited in student accommodation, although there’s plenty of other ways to keep your room smelling fresh and inviting. Infusers can be used as a smoke-free alternative, as can scented bath petals. These petals can be scattered in your clothes drawers to help keep your clothes smelling clean, even when they’re not.

Bring things that remind you of home:

Moving out can be a pretty daunting idea, and during bouts of homesickness, it can become difficult for your new flat to feel very homely. While family photographs can help to ease this, another way to feel closer to home is by bringing little pieces of your home with you. I remember insisting on bringing some of our oldest tea towels, as well as one of my mum’s ornaments from the living room.

Free spaces will be filled, so there’s no need to rush:

One of my favourite things about moving out was the process of decorating my room with everything I had collected throughout my first year. Although it may be tempting to fill up your walls as soon as you get there with pictures of school friends, it’s important to leave space for souvenirs that you’ll gather while you’re there. This will help to keep your room up to date with the things you love and enjoy. It also allows your room to become a collage of your favourite university memories, something that can be especially comforting when you’re missing home or struggling with work.

Access All Areas: Lethal Bizzle launches NXT at the Engine Shed

Student nights at clubs are usually the highlights of any student’s week, although ask them the following morning and their responses may not be quite so excitable. However, after we attended the launching of NXT at the Engine Shed, Monday’s had never felt so good, nor Tuesday’s hangovers so worthwhile.


Whilst there were some home comforts in partying in the on-campus venue, it’s safe to say the Engine Shed was transformed for NXT with three bars, its own dance-floor and a merchandise stand, with purchases funded by ‘NXT Bills’, the events very own currency. It became pretty clear that the bold décor was not a reflection of the cheap ticket prices.


Whilst there was no dress code of sorts, there was a universal dark edginess to everyone’s attire which really ‘urbanised’ the place, with ‘Dench’ gear sported by many. It’s hard to believe it had been filled with screaming Scouting For Girls fans a matter of days before. The vibe had totally shifted.

Whilst advertised as a blend of all the genres you’d assume your grandparents would be terrified of, like Grime, Hip-Hop and RnB, the playlist had people dancing before the crowd had fully converged, demonstrative of how ready the venue felt before it could even have time to hit capacity.

The fact we found our sober-selves dancing along says a great deal about how contagious the night became. The dancing and the atmosphere it was breeding were infectious. Regardless of our press status, we couldn’t help joining the dancing masses.


Speaking of press status, regardless of how much time I try to invest into my work, I don’t think I’d have ever expected to be backstage reporting on Lethal Bizzle’s gig and the launch night of Lincoln’s newest urban event. I’d only been at university for two weeks!
Whilst we didn’t get chance to speak to Bizzle himself, having him stand only a metre from us pretty much made up for it.

Fun Fact: Whilst many artists have some pretty odd dressing room demands, Bizzle’s rider seemed to consist of just snacks, alcohol and cute jars of honey. Sweet.

Back to the night itself, the blending of genres made the night feel truly inclusive. The tailoring of the playlist was genius, incorporating sounds that seduced virgins to the grime scene, even before Lethal Bizzle hit the stage.


Whilst I’m sure everyone there would agree the brilliant ‘hype’ man warming up the crowd deserved a full set of his own too, the highlight of the night goes to Lethal Bizzle’s detonative set of his classics as well as his powerful  covers of more current tracks. Even though we were at the foot of the stage with the barriers separating us from the crowd, the energy he breathed into his fans pulsed throughout the building, with a sea of ‘Dench’ covered clothing matching the rapper’s crew attire.


NXT will be returning to the Engine Shed on the 14th of November and will continue monthly. Although the guests are yet to be confirmed, it became pretty clear from the fans we spoke to on the night that they’ll definitely be returning. I know I will at least…
– Rebecca.

(& Lew of course..)