Brighten up your bed
Your bed is essentially going to be your sofa, so do invest in cheerful, colourful bedding and a few cushions and throws to brighten it up. You don't need to break the bank to do this.
Opt for floor lamps
Decent lighting will go a long way towards making a room feel cosy – especially useful for late-night gatherings, or when you’re hammering out an essay at 3am.
Bring a teapot
Those early days at university are all about making friends, and nothing entices people in like a cup of tea. The sight of a bright teapot on a shelf or desk is also a welcome pop of colour and homeliness in those often dungeon-like student rooms.
Decorate your walls
Posters and framed pictures are the obvious bet, but hanging things on the walls is often outlawed. If you can get away with it, use white tack or invest in no-hole picture hanging strips for minimum damage. Sales at the Student Union are a good source for posters, as is the All Posters website.
Remember a doorstop
Much like the teapot, this is a sure-fire way to get people to pop their heads through your door in those important early days – but it’ll be equally useful in your third year for tempting people in for revision breaks.
Make features of your possessions
You’re not going to be able to afford antique clocks or leather armchairs, so try to make your ordinary possessions focal points. Pretty scarves and wraps draped across the back of chairs, over your desk or tied around bedposts will also make your room look more attractive – plus, they won’t be all over the floor.
Snap up some speakers
Ideal for parties, portable speakers don't need to cost the earth, or you can buy a nifty cardboard radio and speaker set that plugs into your smartphone.
Get a noticeboard
Nothing is more useful than a noticeboard – pin your lecture timetable, your gig tickets and (until you've memorised them) your friends' phone extension numbers on it.