How To Decorate Your Student Accommodation Without Damaging The Property

Looking to spice up your student accommodation without risking your deposit? Decorating your space can be a fun way to make it feel like home, but it’s important to do so responsibly. In this blog, we’ll explore creative ways to add personality and style to your living space without causing any damage.

We’ll share tips and tricks to help you transform your room while adhering to the rules set by your student accommodation. Let’s dive into the world of temporary decor solutions that will leave your space looking fabulous and your deposit intact!

Girl keeping a fake decor plant on a table


A great way to decorate your student accommodation is by adding different types of lighting to it. 

The cheapest way to do this is by purchasing fairy lights from the local craft store and getting creative with how you use them. The good thing about fairy lights is that you can just tape them to the walls there will not be any damage done to the property.

If you want to spend a little bit more, then you can buy unique lamps that will totally elevate the space. You can opt for sleek designs and lights that give your room a cosy vibe.

The sunset lamp is a popular option, which will give your room a sunset vibe whenever you like! Visit the Amazon site to purchase the sunset lamp. 

Fairy lights on a wall with photos

Photo Wall

If you are wondering how you can decorate your student accommodation without breaking the bank, then a photo wall is the way to go.

You can print out memories that mean a lot to you and create a collage on your wall or the pinboard to make the room look and feel like home. 

You can easily print the pictures at your university or your local stationery, but if you would prefer them to look like real photos, then you can use the Free Prints website.

You can get up to 45,  6 x 4 photos while only having to pay for the postage. Visit the FreePrints website to order your photos today!

Wall decorated with photos

Decorate Your Pin Board

Similar to the photos, you can also decorate your pinboard with other things which help make your accommodation look so much better!

This can be posters, post-it notes or even quotes that resonate the most with you. 

You can also transform the pinboard into a vision board. You will be looking at it every single day, and having that space dedicated to the future that you envision for yourself can be great motivation!

Read this blog on Vision Boards: Are They The New Resolutions? to get some inspiration to create your own. 

Girl decorating her pin board


When wondering how you can decorate your student accommodation, you can never go wrong with plants.

The options for the different kinds of plants you can have are endless! The easiest choice is to opt for fake plants that are not only inexpensive but also add a fresh look to your room. 

If you are however someone who knows how to take care of plants, then real plants are the best choice. 

You can consider money plants and cacti if you are looking for low-maintenance plants to keep in your student accommodation. 

Read this blog on How To Build An Indoor Garden In Your Student Accommodation to get some inspiration.

Small plants on a table next to a laptop and a window


Another way through which you can add a pop of colour and a touch of your personality while decorating your student accommodation is by having decorative rugs.

You can easily find rugs in different colours and with unique designs which can totally transform the space you live in. 

Ikea is a great website to browse through different rugs and mats that can add colour to your room!

colourful rug

Throws and Pillows

The bed typically takes up most of the space in student rooms, so decorating it is the easiest way to upgrade the look of your student accommodation.

You can purchase throw blankets and pillows in the colours that you like the most. Having a matching bedding set can pull the theme of the room together. 

You can also get creative with the throw pillows as they can be unique and interesting accents in the room. 

colourful throw pillow on a bed

Wall Tapestries

Wall tapestries can add character and personality to a student’s accommodation without causing any damage!

They are versatile, easy to hang, and come in a variety of designs to suit different tastes!

Tapestries can transform blank walls into focal points, making the space feel cosy and inviting. Additionally, they are usually affordable and you can change them up every season which will completely switch the vibe of the room!

A colourful tapestry on top of a table

Things That Remind You Of Home

There is no better way to decorate your student accommodation than to add pieces from your previous home. It could be simple things like mugs and photo frames amongst many other things. 

Regardless of what you choose to take from home, it will always make you feel like a part of your home is always with you. 

Since navigating university, especially as a first-year student can be very challenging, small things that bring you joy like this can make this process at least a little bit easier.

girl looking at a photo frame and smiling

In conclusion, decorating your student accommodation without causing damage is entirely achievable. By prioritising non-permanent decor options, you can personalise your space to reflect your style and personality while respecting the property’s rules. 

Remember to always check with your landlord or accommodation provider for any specific guidelines or restrictions. With careful planning and consideration, you can create a comfortable and inviting living environment that feels like home without leaving a mark. 

So go ahead, unleash your creativity and transform your space into a cosy space for your university journey!

If you are looking for accommodation for the next year, then you are in the right place. Visit our Urban Student Life website and browse through a range of properties all across the UK.  We are sure you will find something that caters to all your needs! 

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