For most who attend, the university years are an extremely happy and fulfilling period - the memories made and friendships formed can last a lifetime. Living away from home in shared accommodation for the first time is a fundamental part of what shapes this experience and so, when you leave university and set up home either on your own, with a partner or with friends, why not take some of the best bits with you?
Most university student rooms have wall art aplenty – not only does it help inspire but in a way it also helps to convey your identity and values to others. Who you look up to (literally on your wall and otherwise) might change as you enter your twenties but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a modified version of the approach with you. You might not necessarily want 17 slightly creased Nirvana posters to adorn the walls of your new home, but a framed print or two of an iconic band or film certainly won’t go amiss.
In addition to wall art, a picture / gallery wall can be a great way to display photos from previous happy times at university. These walls aren’t a new concept but have certainly become a prominent interior trend over the past five to ten years. There are no hard and fast rules regarding how many frames to feature and what styles to use – they certainly don’t need to match but it’s usually best if they broadly coordinate.
Thanks to the sad reality of having to start working life, the days of five friends crashing at yours after a Monday night out at the local nightclub might well be over. However, there’s still plenty of fun to be had at the weekends and so it’s worth having furniture that’s versatile enough to accommodate a few guests.
For example, a sofa bed or futon can offer more flexibility than a conventional sofa and an extendable dining table is space efficient, whilst still giving you the opportunity to cater for lots of friends.
Congregating around ‘the big TV’ and binge-watching box sets is a pastime for many student households and undoubtedly many chances of attaining upper second degrees are scuppered by an addiction to ‘Breaking Bad’ or the PlayStation. Be that as it may, continuing the big TV tradition in your first home not only gives you something to look forward to at the end of a hard day in your new office but it can also be a great way to make your home the perfect destination for reunions.
Finally, try to hold on to some of the ‘kitchen culture’ that’s so often a part of shared living at university. Admittedly you might well be advised to keep it a bit tidier than you did in your uni house but making it a fun, vibrant and convivial place to spend time will bring back many happy memories and will help you to create many new ones in your post-university home.