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How to Decorate Your Uni Room Without Breaking the Bank

Here are some of our top tips for how to decorate your uni room on a budget. This article is brought to you by Vicky Veselichka, check out her YouTube channel here.

Ever since I was accepted into University the thing that I was looking forward to the most was moving out of home and being able to create my own space in my uni room. I quickly realised, however, that this was going to be costly!

1. Know Where to Shop

I thought that I would be able to do all of my shopping at places like Debenhams, but these stores can often be pricey. Here I will introduce my first tip: know what to shop for where. Ikea is great for frames, fake flowers, pots, rugs and storage. There is a large variety there and all of them seem relatively well-priced to me, and I had set myself a tight budget. That being said, my favourite storage boxes are from Rymans. I am a makeup lover and the way that my precious makeup is stored is very important to me: I bought several different sizes and was able to beautifully arrange to fit even better into my drawers. I bought around 12 containers and only spent about sixteen pounds: that seems pretty good value to me!

2. Get Crafty

My second tip involves getting a little crafty. When I moved into my room, I realised that the person before me had used bluetack to stick up posters. This left little marks in the walls that needed to be covered. I decided to cover these with ‘quotes’ in picture frames, a trend that I first saw on Instagram and thought looked really cool! However, these quote frames are expensive to buy, at a hefty ten pound minimum for an A4 print! Instead, I made my own in word (this took me approximately five minutes per design) and they turned out relatively well despite my lack of design skills! I then purchased some frames from Ikea for three pounds a piece and I was ready to hang them up – I had saved myself twenty pounds overall!

3. Furniture

So what if, like me, you had some extra space to fill and you wanted some larger furniture? IKEA offer some affordable solutions, but you can find even cheaper by looking at second-hand products! I started to do some digging and found that Ebay, Gumtree and the Facebook marketplace are all wonderful places to purchase second-hand furniture. Many people even give stuff away for free on these websites just to get it off of their hands. In fact these websites are good for decorations in general: I managed to snag a working crossly record player for only seven pounds from eBay!

Disclaimer: Please never go to pick up purchases in person unless you are absolutely sure of your safety, it is best to go with a friend or parent.

Finishing Touches

Lastly, once you have the foundations of your room laid and it is starting to feel more homely, I would recommend getting smaller items from second hand shops, car boot sales, and eBay (again). You can even go somewhere like TK Maxx or Wilko: They have some excellently priced items that are aesthetically pleasing and also affordable. There is nothing more satisfying than digging through a TK Maxx store to find an absolute gem of an item!

Thanks to Vicky Veselichka for sharing her tips for how to decorate your uni room. If you want to contribute an article to Freshers Festival, click here to find out more.

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B-side’s Top 4 hypebeast pieces and what to style them with!

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There’s no shortage of streetwear labels at the moment in London. London’s streetwear culture has exploded, rivalling streetwear giants from the fashion hubs of New York, Paris and Milan, but B-side’s distinctly East London styling somewhere between the kerb and boutique sets them apart.  With the release of their newest collection, Walé Adeyemi’s designs incorporates the graffiti stylings he’s known for with Neon accents and techwear inspiration. So we here at the Freshers festival are bringing you our favourite pieces with some extra style pairings to inspire a full fit pic, without having to talk to the Student Loans Company for an early instalment.

“MOTION” WINDBREAKER

The MOTION windbreaker incorporates those Techwear cues we mentioned earlier. While that normally means: a function focused; all black; modern day ninja prepared for dystopia. The windbreaker adds its own minimal London fashion flair with its neon armbands for a pop of colour. Its sleek minimalism is timeless, so head here and buy nice not twice.

Style pairing: Yeezy 700 Mauve or Inertia

We’ve cheated a little because this is two options, but hear us out first. The chunky silhouette of Kanye’s yeezy 700 works well in contrast to the MOTION windbreaker’s clean lines, but picking a colourway to cop is always hard. The Yeezy 700 Mauve has neon hits in the same colour palette. However, the Yeezy Inertia has neon but will stand out more with its muted tones on the rest of the shoe. Either way it’s the perfect chunky dad trainer to complement your techwear inspired ‘grams.

WOMENS RAINBOW PRINT HOODIE

Here’s a grail of the collection. The Rainbow Print hoodie’s minimalism makes it an easy item to match with a lot of outfits, but the letterman style is something we can all wear with PRIDE.

Simple, subtle, classic.

Find it here.

Style Pairing: Clear trucker jacket

Top tip for an easy way to make the rainbow accents stand out even more and be festival garms ready. A clear trucker jacket means you can always be repping and ready for English weather. Plus clear clothing is about as fashionista as it gets, and this one from Levi’s won’t leave you pot noodle bound for a semester.

“MILY” CROPPER

An extra one for our Bsideldn ladies now, the MILY cropper is also for the function obsessed techwear types, but it brings our favourite design cue of the whole collection. The back has the word ‘community’ defined in its bold neon accents. Which is an ethos we think everyone can get behind (and its high fashion look helps). Find it here.

Style pairing: Straight leg denim

The MILY has tonnes of fresh street style flair with its asymmetry, neon, and ethos. It’s definitely a statement piece. So if you matched it with a lot of neon on the lower half, you’d potentially look rather 80s. (Yes we know the 80s is always a look.) Yet simple straight leg denim will keep your statement piece exactly that. The statement piece.

OG GRAFF MEDIUM WEIGHT GREEN T-SHIRT

A graphic Tee is a stable of everyone’s wardrobe and the OG GRAFF Tee should be a staple. The graffiti letters spelling out ‘Be who you want’ brings UK streetwear and Bside’s Ethos to the fore with messages we all can love. Instant cop.  

Find it here.

Style pairing: Cargo pants

Again hear us out, the OG GRAFF T-shirt has a solid boxy fit that streetwear has come to love in recent years with the rise of oversized & vintage pieces. So the cargo pant has moved away from a rejected item of handyman or dad clothing. It’s wide leg fit and utilitarian cues have made it hypebeast worthy, with both PALACE and Supreme releasing cargo pants in recent drops.

Those are our top 5 pieces from B-side’s newest collection, but with a brand of 20 years they definitely have more pieces worth checking out here and to help your money go further use the code the code FreshersFestival15 at check out for 15% off!

Do you think we missed out an important piece? Or our pairing’s ill advised? (Cargo pants are the future). Tell us and B-side on Twitter or Instagram.