Written by Alaa (aka Lols)

We’re back with a new “College Life” topic to share. Basically, we’re all “home” away from home (I’m currently doing my Masters in Canada) and from my experience, adding your touch to where you’re staying has proved to bring back that homey feeling of your room back in your own place, with your family and friends.

Here are a few tips of how you can add your touch to your room, far away from home:

1. Use memorabilia and accessories

It sounds weird when you’re reading it but as you can see from the photos, I took the liberty of adding tickets of shows I went to that I liked, a photo of my favorite animal, a group photo, postcards of friends abroad with what they’ve written to me and my “Deathly Hallows” chain on my dresser’s mirror as a way to add my personal touch to my bedroom (sorry for the messed up bed!)

Pardon my untidiness!

2. Make a shrine pertaining to what makes you go

For me, anything that has to do with writing, reading and just escaping into other worlds keeps me going in my life. On my nightstand, as you can see from the photo, I turned it into a mini “library” with all the books I might go through before having a good night’s sleep.

Yes, I’m a Potterhead!

3. “Naturalize” your room

It doesn’t have to be real plants (although you could use the freshness in the room). I got artificial flowers and scented candles to turn the room into an indoor park so to speak.

*insert a sarcastic remark about a straight man who likes flowers and scented candles!*

4. Add motivation and inspiration

I’m a big fan of quotes, especially the ones that give you great piece of advice that you could relate to. Try propping up a quote that you love and relate to it; whether on paper or on stone (like the one displayed here), it will still have the same effect on you. However, please check with the dorm room regulations or with your landlord if it’s okay to hang up frames and stone tablets on the wall because you will need to put a few nails into it.

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.

5. Turn your obligations into fun using furniture

Well, the words obligations, fun and furniture don’t mix ( فين أيامك يا مرسي؟) But you could always improvise a new way to make them mix well. The simplest of examples; instead of having my to-do list as a list, I turned it into sticky notes and plastered them on my fridge. That way, whenever I go eat (second favorite activity to do), I get reminded of the stuff I have to do. I also get stomach spasms but that’s a different thing to talk about. It’s also fun to throw away the sticky notes instead of just scratching over the item on the list; means that the item is gone for good. You could always color it up a bit with different colored sticky notes (a note to self to buy more colored sticky notes!)

Boring! I know it’s a short list but honestly, what do you expect from a guy who’s in Canada?

6. Glamorize your room

Who said that students can’t live elegantly? You could always add a sophisticated touch by putting posters of the glamorous cities around the world, actors or actresses of the Golden Ages or any poster that just speaks “fabulous” and “elegant”. I had the liberty of adding two frames of a city I dream of visiting and living in one day; Paris. Again always check for regulations when it comes to using nails.

*background music – “Paris holds the key to your heart” from Anastasia*

7. Remembering home

If you’re away from home and already homesick, you could always add a little something that reminds you of it. I came up with the idea of printing out photos of my friends and family and adding them on “The Wall”, with keywords about what they taught me that led me to becoming who I today. I also added a few quotes that I liked (like I said, big fan of quotes).

The Wall! If you look close enough, you’ll see our dear editor-in-chief. *sorry chief*

There are of course a lot of other interesting and fun ideas that can turn your dorm room or apartment into a cozy and fun place to stay in while you’re studying away from home so remember to stay fun and creative!


What about you?

What do you think of the tips I gave you? What have you done/thinking of doing to keep you room cozy? I’d love to hear about it. Please do so by commenting below or sending us an email on [email protected].

Until next time!