Christmassing your university accommodation
It’s November. And that means that it’s officially the university festive season.
Even a small amount of decoration can really brighten up your accommodation, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to spend a lot of money.
Here’s a few ideas of things you could do to make your accommodation look and feel a bit more festive.
Paper chains are a great way to decorate your room as they’re cheap and quite quick to do. All you need is paper, scissors, and staples, tape, or glue, and you’re all set!
Paper snowflakes are another easy way to decorate on a budget. You can either look up designs online or go it solo, and it’s a nice activity to get other flatmates involved in.
I absolutely love tinsel. While I was living in my on-campus accommodation I bought a piece of tinsel and hung it over my bedroom door, which made the corridor feel a bit more festive. It’s a low effort, high impact decoration, and I think it’s great.
Christmas themed baking
Christmas-themed baking always adds to the festive atmosphere. I bake quite a lot anyway, but I especially enjoy doing it at Christmas. Last week, my housemate and I made mince pies. They’re fairly easy and quick to make, and you don’t need any special equipment. We realised just as we’d made the pastry that we didn’t have a rolling pin so we used a water bottle instead, and it worked fine!
If you’re not keen on mince pies, you could have a go at gingerbread or even a yule log!
If you’re happy to spend a bit more money, and if you think your flatmates would be up for it, you could get a Christmas tree. The one we have in our house was about £15, and we divided the cost of it and the decorations between all of us so it came to a few pounds each.
Arranging a flat Christmas dinner might sound a bit stressful but I’m sure it would be a really fun thing to do. It’s a lovely way to end the term, and it’s a great thing to do as a group.
Last year we went out for a group meal, but this year we’ll be making it at home, and I’m really looking forward to it!
Hopefully you’re feeling a bit more festive and inspired to do some of these!