Saturday, 17 September 2016

Making Your Student Room 'Home' | Tiger

As some of you may already know, I'm starting Uni soon. That's right... Soon I will be a student (again) and I have to say I'm a little apprehensive. Goodbye weekday lie ins and hello 12 hour placement shifts and medical exams, sob.

Despite the fact I'll be living at home, Tiger (essentially a mini IKEA aka best shop ever) wanted to send me a few goodies that would fit perfectly with my room. Now I don't get the opportunity to ever visit Tiger, with the nearest store to me being in Preston, so obviously I jumped at the chance to collab with them.

As quite a few of my blogging chums are moving into halls or student housing, I wanted to create a post giving you a few ideas as to how you can make your new strange and unfamiliar rooms just that little bit more "homely" using the bits and bobs I received from Tiger - Sound good? 

Office Set (£2) A5 Notebook (£2)

If you're moving to Uni... You're gonna want to pack your entire room but trust me, that ain't gonna work. Take your favourite things, fill your new room with candles, a big fluffy rug and all the sentimental objects that remind you of your room back home. Make it cosy and more importantly, it's gonna be your safe place for the next year, so make it comforting.

Obvs you're gonna need cute ass stationery too... How else is all that work gonna get done? Tiger make buying stationery super easy by simply producing the cutest products. Take the mini office set for example, all your necessities in one place!

Strawberry Wall Clock (£4)

One of the most exciting things about moving into a new place, for me personally, is getting to decorate your room. I'm a huge geek at heart when it comes to interior designing as I like my rooms to be minimal, but colourful... You see where I'm going with this?

The Strawberry Wall Clock pictured above fits the criteria for my interior style... And it's adorable sooo y'know. Keeping the majority of my room a fairly neutral colour scheme with pops of colour here and there is just how I like it. I find having quite a casual style about my room keeps it looking tidy... Yeah, there's stuff absolutely everywhere but it looks tidy. That's all that matters. You won't be wanting to clean your room whilst dying of fresher's flu. 

Light Chain (£6) Fruit Photo Frame (£2)

Onto the grand finale, a shelf. Yep, something as simple as a shelf (decorated with fairy lights obv) filled with all your sentimental bits and bobs will be a lovely feature to your student room. Books, diaries and cacti are how I've chosen to style my shelf in preparation for Uni... "Style my shelf", that should be a thing. 

And of course, if you're moving away you're gonna need all the selfies with ya pals in frames dotted around your room. Why not go one step further and become the ultimate Pinterest goals? Grab some mini wooden pegs, print your pics off as polaroids and clip them to some string - You know exactly what I'm talking about (plus, it'll make a hella pretty Instagram). 

I've decided to put together a little check list on homeware that I would most definitely be taking to Uni with me. Hopefully you find it helpful too!

  • Primark bedding - Cheap and cheerful
  • Fake plants - To brighten up the place
  • Fairy lights - A must in any bedroom
  • A rug - Instant cosiness factor 
  • Books - So you actually look like you enjoy reading
  • Stuffed animals - You'll miss them, trust me
  • Make up storage - Obviously it can't be left behind
  • Snacks - Not homeware but an essential nonetheless

I do hope this was somewhat helpful for you, and if not, I hope you enjoyed a little nosy into my room! Don't forget to see if there's a Tiger store near you because trust me, their bargains are hard to resist.

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*This post contains gifted items, all opinions are my own.


  1. Love this post. I remember moving to uni and for the first few days it wasn't homely at all, I love these tips for making a space homely. The clock is so cute!!

    Hannah xx

  2. I actually packed up pretty much my whole room when I moved to uni. It was mainly possible because I don´t live in the student halls, so I have a lot of space. I´m already dreading moving out in a year again. I have to get all of that stuff out again & I live on the fifth floor (ugh!).
    Your room looks so lovely. I love all the fairy lights! Fairy lights just give the room something more homely, I think.
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

    1. Hahaha to be fair I practically take my entire room even when I'm just going on holiday... So I'd probably do the same!
      Thank you, I literally love my room at the moment if I do say so myself. x

  3. OMG THAT PEAR PHOTO FRAME?! I love that, it's so cute! Good luck at uni - I'm sure we can support each other along the way xx

    Sam // What I Know Now

    1. Isn't it adorbs?! I don't even want to put a pic in it because the pear is so darn cute. Are you at uni too? x

    2. I'm starting my masters on tuesday! xxx

  4. Oh my I love this! I definitely need to look into this shop as I'm still trying to sort my uni room out properly!
    Jen | Giveaway | Velvet Spring

    1. It's a fab place to get all your essentials! Super affordable too. x

  5. Tiger is one of my favourite stores!! I always HAVE to go in one whenever I see a store! That's so cute all the things you got to play around with, hope your Uni room feels a bit more homely now!


    1. Omg same girl, I've only even been to the one on Oxford St in London though! x

  6. I'm so obsessed with Tiger, it's one of my favourite places to shop.

    Love all these items :) x

  7. Tiger has everything you can possibly imagine! Every time I'm in there I have to leave with something and we have quit a few stores near so it's kind of dangerous to my wallet haha :) x

    1. Aw I wish I had one in my city... But then again if I did, I'd literally have no money! x

  8. I love that strawberry clock! Always love the stuff I see from Tiger, but I've never managed to get to one. Preston is the nearest to me too... road trip!

  9. This was such a cute post and I love everything featured. My closet Tiger is an hour away so I don't get to see much of their stock :') How adorable is that happy little pear though!! Totally agree that you can also never go wrong with some fairy lights in a bedroom. Great post Kat! x

    Jordan || Darling Jordan

    1. I feel your pain, I rarely get to visit them but it's a fab shop! x

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  11. I love going to Tiger. A lot of my blog props are from Tiger and luckily I do have one close by. They sell all sorts in there! And I love how cute and quirky it all is.

    Love Amber - xx

  12. I will be going to uni next year and I'm excited to decorate my room there! I love the fairy light and the cute frame :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  13. Where is the small plastic storage/drawers from in the 4th pic? I rent my own flat but the walls are a boring beige and I can't go putting up shelves or anything which is a bummer. Think i'm gonna have to get some of those things you can hang pictures up with without nails. I really love your sense of style btw!
    Amy at Amy & More

  14. Ah I had no idea you were starting uni! What are you going to be studying? Love this post btw! We have 2 tigers in Brighton (sorry to be so greedy!) And it's one of my favourite shops to look around!

    Beth xx

  15. This is great advice Kathryn. Especially for anyone looking to go to uni soon. Thank you for sharing. Would you mind if we share this on our blog to help out some of our students?


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