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Make Yourself At Home | Part 2

Last week we offered tips on how to decorate your student room to make it more homely, and while the internet offers an abundance of style tips and inspiration, where can you buy things without breaking the bank? We offer some ideas below.

Go to IKEA

From bed linen to wall hangings to quirky knick knacks, IKEA is a one-stop shop for all your student needs. However a bit of planning will be needed in advance if you aim to buy bulky goods and bring them home on the bus. Check out here for advice on the best way to get to IKEA, which is located in north Dublin, about 45 mins away from Trinity College by bus.

Check out Tiger

Located on Nassau Street and in the Stephen’s Green shopping centre, Tiger is often described as a mini-Ikea. It boasts a range of different decorations, handy  organisational knick-knacks and quirky ornaments, all at affordable prices. Tiger is a great store to wander around and see what jumps out at you. While it’s less then 60 seconds away from Trinity, you can check out their website before you make a trip to see what they have.

Homeware sections of stores

Many department stores, such as Dunnes, Tesco and Marks & Spencers to name a few, have specific homeware sections in their larger stores. Offering all sorts of kitchen, bedroom and general living room wares, these stores offer good quality goods at low prices. Even better, they are located throughout the City and are easy to get to. Stephens Green Shopping Centre and Henry Street are two great places to check out.

Online

Why limit yourself to what you can find in shops? As we suggested last week, sites such as Pinterest are a great way to find inspiration for decorating your room. So why not continue your search for decorations online? If you have specific ideas in mind, then sites such as Amazon or Ebay are great places search. If you’re not sure what you want, why not check our places such as Etsy and see what catches your eye.

George’s Street Arcade

George’s Street Arcade, less than a 5 minute walk from Trinity College Dublin, is an enclosed Victorian market where you can enjoy ‘independent’ boutique shops and stalls ranging from trendy clothing, jewellery, funky music, collectable items, souvenirs and much more along with wonderful dining and food options. Take a look around and you may be able to find unique treasures for your room or home.

Marketplaces

Finally, marketplaces and second hand stores can be treasure troves for homely decorations. Did you know there is a book market in Temple Bar on the weekends? How about the Designer Market? Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, is packed with markets at the weekend. Take a wander through the cobbled streets and hidden avenues and see what you can find amongst the stalls and second hand stores. Market days and times can be found here.

David  is a marketing intern working with the Global Relations team, and is a current student of Trinity College Dublin.

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Make Yourself At Home | Part 1

It’s not always easy settling in as a student. It is hard feeling completely at home in a new place, especially when that place is a dorm room, or a bedroom in a house with 5 other people. Help is at hand however, as we compile a list of some student hacks and DIY touches you can use to settle into Dublin and make yourself at home.

Bed Linen

First things first, you have got to sort out your bed. It’s more than likely taking up a large amount of space in your room, so you might as well make it colourful and easy on the eyes. Ditch the drab monotones and choose colourful bed sheets which will complement the style of your room.

Lights

Lighting is very important in student rooms. Fairy Lights and fake candles add a warm and inviting mood to your room. Equally getting coloured lamp shades (or draping coloured cloth over regular lamp shades) will help negate the harsh white lights often found in student apartments.

Plants

As long as you remember to water them, flowers and plants are a lovely, easy way to bring life and colour to your room.  If you’re simply not the gardener type and your plants are likely to die within days, invest in a cactus instead – they require zero maintenance! Equally, plenty of artificial flowers look quite real and can be bought from a variety of homeware stores.  A potted plant or two will do wonders for your room.

Wall hangings

The walls in student accommodation are often neutral and bare. With repainting them not an option the next best thing is to cover over them up. Posters and photos are a great way to add a personal touch to your walls. Hang photos with pegs from a piece of string, or use some blu-tack so you don’t mark the walls. Stick up photos and memories from home and if something makes you smile, hang it up so you can always see it.

Colour

If in doubt, just try and add colour. Whether it be through furnishings such as rugs and cushions, or simply colourful pictures, the more colour you add the more homely your room will feel. Paint some photo frames in vibrant colours and hang them on your wall. Or recycle some old jars and paint them in bright colours, leaving them on your shelves. Paint your hangers, shelves and furniture or cover them with colour tape and ribbons. ,l.

Need more Inspiration?

Lacking ideas? Try Pinterest and see what other people have done on the cheap to make their halls feel like home!

David  is a marketing intern working with the Global Relations team, and is a current student of Trinity College Dublin.

My 5 favourite things about Trinity

by Caoimhe Tyndall – ‘The list certainly could go on forever!’


Living in Trinity Hall

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Thanks to Freshers’ Week, JCR events, Hall’s Musical, and generally the close proximity of all the houses, I have built incredibly close bonds with hundreds of people and friendships that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. While there is never a dull moment in Halls, the atmosphere is extremely warm, welcoming, and safe. No matter what time of day, there is always someone just a few meters away to have a cup of tea with. Trinity Hall is where I am comfortable, and where I have been given the freedom to truly explore and discover myself.


A Great Location

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TCD is located in the very center of one of the most iconic cities in the world. Living in Dublin and having all kinds of events and activities at your fingertips allows you to gain a strong sense of independence, and places you in the middle of a wide range of opportunities for both leisure and success. However, being a student at Trinity also provides you the typical college-campus feel that many look for. There is no better experience than the perfect mix between city-living and campus-living that Trinity provides; it truly is the best of both worlds.


Trinity’s Societies

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Trinity has an endless number of societies that all allow you to share your talents, practice your skills, make great friends, and do what you love. Joining the Sailing team in particular during Freshers’ Week was without a doubt the best five euro I have ever spent, and one of my favorite things about Trinity. I am very proud to represent Trinity on a team that competes all over Ireland and the UK, and have made incredible friends doing so.


The Teaching Style

Trinity's Ussher Library
Trinity’s Ussher Library

Unlike the majority of American Colleges, the education system in Trinity does not force you to take any kind of General Education classes or classes you do not have an interest in. From your first day as a student, you specialize in one specific course, and focus solely on the modules in that course, without being swamped with other classes that are in your timetable simply to maximize credits.


Studying in a Landmark

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Another aspect of Trinity that I would consider a favorite of mine is seeing tourists on campus every day. It makes me so proud to know that the place I call home is a place people travel to from all over the world for their own enjoyment and curiosity. While discovering Front Square, the Campanile, and the Book of Kells, tourists are fascinated each day by what my school has to offer, as both a university and beautiful place to sight-see, and I enjoy having that eclectic collection of diversity and culture on my campus.

Making halls home

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It’s not always easy feeling completely at home in a new place, especially when that place is a dorm room, or a bedroom in a house with 8 other people. To this end, we have compiled a list of some easy DIY touches to help you settle straight into your new Dublin digs.


Make the most of the space

Is your room likely to be a bit of a sanctuary? Will you spend a lot of time there? It’s important to use the space you have well, in order to get the most out of your room. Is there space under your bed for some plastic containers – for shoes, books, CDs, belts, warmer winter clothes? Likewise is there space on top of your wardrobe for storage? Do you currently have books on shelves that could be put on a windowsill or stacked creatively elsewhere to free the shelves up for clothing? Is there space behind the door for a triangular waste-paper basket or laundry basket rather than taking up floor space elsewhere?

Take stock of what’s already in your room, and what you need – and maybe even take some photos with you when you go to buy some storage supplies. This should enable you to choose items that will work for your room, and help you to use the space effectively.


Use of colour

Most apartments or halls are styled in neutral, inoffensive colours. This makes it easy for you to accent your room with a strong colour choice. This can be done easily and cheaply (without aggravating your landlord or -lady!) by saving empty glass jars from curry or pasta sauce. Simply clean out the jar thoroughly, and allow it to soak in warm water to remove the labels. You want the jars to be smooth and clean. Then buy some paint in the colour of your choice. Pour the paint into the jars, and swirl around until the glass is completely covered. Leave to dry upside down (on newspaper or similar – you need your deposit back!). And voilà – you have yourself some decorative, and colourful items for display on your shelves, windowsill or kitchen table.

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Lighting

If you can’t change a lot about your room, consider making small changes that will count. If you have a very harsh overhead light currently, with no other alternatives, consider purchasing (or upcycling) some coloured cloth to drape over the existing lampshade in order to dial down the brightness. Be sure not to put cloth directly onto the lightbulb, as this can become very hot and may cause your entire building to be evacuated after a fire alarm at 3am…


Experiment with wall hangings

Every room usually comes with one or two hooks in the wall for pictures and other bits and bobs. If you are allowed to and you need them, you can always add more hooks as well. Go for a rummage in one of Dublin’s many second-hand or ‘charity’ shops (Georges Street in Dublin 2 has loads, as does Rathmines, but you’ll see them all over the city) and get yourself some bargain photo frames. Paint the frames if you wish. Alternatively you can get your hands on some second-hand fabric (or upcycle a top you no longer wear) and get creative with what’s inside the frame: The first letter of your name in burlap; find some lace and hang up your earrings; use a stencil and paint a block statement or logo – something funny, an in-joke with your friends from home even. Whatever you go for, it should be something that makes you smile when you see it.

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Use Pinterest for Inspiration

Lacking ideas? Try Pinterest and see what other people have done on the cheap to make their halls feel like home!


If you have recently moved in and are keen to show off how you’ve made your place feel warm and ‘you’, tweet us a picture of it, or tag us on intsagram: @tcdglobal!

What are your Halls Hacks?