This Is What a 32-Square-Foot London Study Abroad Flat Looks Like
In her London study-abroad flat shared with four other roommates, Isabella Hussar has just a 32-square-foot bedroom to call her own. Thankfully, the Rutgers University junior is no stranger to small-space living, and is using all kinds of decor and organization hacks to make her room feel like home.
How did you get this housing? This space was assigned to me through my study-abroad program with Rutgers.
What was your first impression of your housing? I thought the building felt very college-y. It was set up to encourage making friends, as you run into everyone in the hallway, and it’s located in a cute and fun area near a train station, which makes it easy to go exploring.
What’s your room best known for? My space is best known for how it smells. As an avid perfume and scented lotion wearer, my room always smells nice.
Define your personal home decor style: My personal style definitely leans maximalist. I love collecting trinkets and vintage things, having art everywhere, and setting up good lighting.
What do you love most about this space? My cozy bed! I’m so glad I spent money on a cute pink duvet cover, extra pillows, and a mattress topper in place of the scratchy linen set the room came with. It feels super homey. I also really love my window overlooking the courtyard.
In an effort to remove the stigma associated with talking about money in college, we’re asking students to share how they plan and budget for their space.
How much does your housing cost per semester? $4,000.
How much did it cost to decorate your room? $100.
Do you have anyone helping you fund your housing? My parents.
What was your biggest splurge for this space and how much did it cost? My mattress topper — $40.
What was your biggest challenge in decorating your room? The biggest challenge I had was creating ambience in a space that had less stuff than I was used to. I did this with my lamp, fairy lights, candle, and my own stuff that I’ve put on display. I love having my shoes and tote bags out on display — they really liven up the room.
What’s your best DIY hack? I use my suitcase as a laundry basket! The wheels make it easy to transport, and I can fold my things while I’m still in the laundry room. It’s so clever.
Any other advice for students living abroad? Making your space feel cozy doesn’t have to be expensive or require a lot of things. Use things you have already to decorate your space (like cute handbags, perfume bottles, a cute pair of shoes) and buy postcards to hang on your wall. Don’t stress too much about it.
This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.
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