By Isabel Whiteley
Moving away from home for the first time can be pretty daunting, especially if you’re going to be living with people who are essentially strangers. Living on your own means there’s no more mum and dad to fall back on when you need to cook or do laundry and it can be a big step up for many. There are lots of little things you can do to help make yourself feel more at home as you adjust though!
1. Have a nice roast dinner
Chances are you’re used to a Sunday roast but these look so complicated to put together- plus the cost of all those ingredients can get majorly expensive. If you’re missing a nice home cooked dinner though it’s pretty likely your flatmates and friends are too, so invite them all to join in! It’s so much easier to afford when you split it between friends, there’s not as much cooking to do if you all do your part and you end up with a great atmosphere that’s sure to set your nerves at ease. You could even make it a weekend treat to look forward to during dull lectures!
2. Decorate your room
You’re going to be living in this room for over half a year; this is your home away from home so make it feel like one. Check your contract to see if you’re allowed posters up and if so stick some up of your fave things. Don’t just use your pinboard for coursework deadlines – jazz it up with pictures of all those good times you’ve had with your friends and family! If you’ve got any cool items that remind you of things you like, such as a cute piggy bank or a beloved stuffed toy bring them along too and display them on shelves or on your desk. Fairy lights also look pretty swell! Make it about you and your hobbies. Just remember, it’s the little things that make a house a home.
3. Get out the house
There’s a whole city out there with loads of stuff to be doing! Exercise nut? Go find yourself a new gym. Film buff? Get yourself to the nearest cinema. Shopaholic? Those deals aren’t going to find themselves! It can feel scary being in a completely new place with no idea where you can do any of your favorite hobbies and activities but don’t feel like you have to stop. Nearly everything you feel you’ve left behind can be found again in your university city and you’ll definitely have enough time if you can balance your uni work well to continue those hobbies- all work and no play makes a dull student after all!
4. Wrap up warm
It can feel like the end of the world when winter comes and you’re left with expensive heating bills or a small heater that doesn’t help warm you in the slightest. Bring a quilt or cute fleece with you for those chilly days to help ward off the cold in style. Super warm jumpers and adorable onesies are also key items in this harsh climate. Wrapping up with a comfy cover which smells of home is sure to help you get those holiday feelings going ready for Christmas break!
5. Talk to your friends and family
We live in the age of the internet and smartphones. Sure you may be miles away from your best buddies and parents but they’re only ever a phone call away. With stuff like Skype and Facetime you can even talk face to face, and social media means you can always keep up with the latest gossip. You can even talk to your pets over skype, although be prepared for them to look more confused than excited! At the end of the day don’t forget that you have people who care about you who miss you too so make time to talk to them- a good chat with your family can make you feel right as rain!
These are just some small tips to help you on your way to feeling at home again. If you’ve any great tips to share feel free to share them in the comments!