College Rooms: Ultimate Comfort at a Low Cost

Arriving in Cambridge is a fresh start in many respects - not least in terms of interior design. After all, you’re moving into a bare college room, which is just waiting to be made homely and cosy. While scouring the internet for homeware is a fun pastime, it’s easy to get frustrated at the price of décor. Besides, having to move out of your room after each term really puts the brakes on any ambitious design concepts. That’s why it’s important to combine practicality, affordability, and design when looking to make your boxy Foundress Court room feel like home. Look no further for tips on how to do just that!

Repurpose items

Pretty gift or shopping bags can be used for storage. I’m using an old perfume tin as a penny jar, and a hand cream box as a pencil pot. Repurposing little items from home for your college room will add an individual touch and save a couple of pounds.

Charity Shopping

Buying everyday items for your college room can quickly add up. So, instead of getting everything new, take a look around Cambridge’s many charity shops on the lookout for tea cups and plates. This is particularly useful if you'd like a romantic or vintage-y design for your room. You can also be sure to find

plenty of water and wine glasses in charity shops.

Books and other personal items

Bringing favourite books and posters from home will immediately make your room feel more lived-in. If you’d rather buy some new reads, the Oxfam bookshop on Sidney Street is a personal favourite for finding vintage editions that

will look striking on your shelf.


While paying for college bedding might initially seem convenient, it can feel a little impersonal and will have to be factored in when budgeting for them. It’s a lot cosier (and cheaper) to bring a favourite set from home. Bedding and cushions play a big part in tying together a room’s décor. Bring extra blankets and cushions to pile on top of

your duvet - extra cosiness, and you’ll be grateful when your heating inevitably breaks.

Warming up your walls

Any room is more austere without wall coverings. We’re lucky at Pembroke to get free railings and poster-hangers, so take advantage of prints available on Society6 or Etsy.

When looking to decorate your college room it can be easy to get carried away. However, it’s important to remember that your college room dreams don’t have to come at a high cost. Sometimes a few small, thrifty touches will be enough to make your new room feel like your space!