How to make your apartment abroad feel like home

How to make your apartment abroad feel like home

Posted by Kat Ashton on Feb 28, 2018 12:48:09 PM

Moving abroad can be daunting at the best of times, and it’s normal to feel a bit homesick if things aren’t going quite how you had planned. Living in an apartment that doesn’t feel like home doesn’t usually help matters either, even though it can be difficult to get fully settled knowing you’re only going to living there for a limited period of time. While staying somewhere new (even if you’re surrounded by friends) can feel a bit strange at first, there are some simple things you can do to help make yourself feel right at home in no time in your Study Abroad Apartment.

 

Smelling of roses

 

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It’s amazing how much we connect certain smells to memories and just the simplest of scents can have the power to transport you back to somewhere familiar, even when you’re halfway around the globe. Therefore, an easy way to feel at home in your new place is to get it smelling like home, so try to bring any scented candles or air freshener you usually use with you if possible. Even the simplest of things like a certain shampoo or food can also do the trick, so try and surround yourself with as many products that you find comforting as possible.

 

Cuddle up

 

 

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Everyone knows the power of a good blanket; it instantly helps you to settle and relax, whether you’re curling up with a good book or just watching TV. If you have a favourite one from home, try to bring it along (luggage space permitting of course!) but if not head to a home store sometime during your first few days and pick one up. Even if you’re heading somewhere where the sun seemingly shines all year round, the nights can always get chilly so trust me - you’ll use it.

 

Picture perfect

 

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A great way to make a new room feel like your own is to make it personal, and putting pictures up is a great way to do this. Whether they’re photos of your friends and family, a poster from your favourite movie or just something you sketched a few months ago, pictures can transform a room instantly to a space that can only be recognised as your own, and can even help pick you up when you hit any low points.

 

Flower power

 

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Scientists have long sung praises about the benefits of keeping plants indoors, as they produce oxygen that instantly boosts our mood. Having a bright plant or two in your apartment can instantly make it feel more homely and help you feel more settled; you will have to look after it after all. Just make sure not to get anything that requires a great deal of care, you’re bound to be busy enough during your time abroad as it is. And when you leave, you could always give it to any new locals you’ve met (or your even landlord!) as a farewell gift, or go plant it in one of your favourite spots.

 

Tea time

 

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If you’re used to relaxing with a favourite drink during the day, make sure you bring some with you as it can often be difficult to find the same brands overseas. Tea and coffee, in particular, can taste quite different from country to country (trust me!) so it’s always a good idea to have your own supply, especially if it’s something that helps you to unwind. The same can be said for certain foodstuffs, so if there’s a certain sauce or spice you feel you can’t live without, just bring some with you to help you get through the first few tricky weeks, at least until you find a new favourite!

 

Are you about to embark on the trip of a lifetime? Study Abroad Apartments offers some great options for students planning to study abroad. Just get in touch with us if you need any help finding somewhere to stay and we’ll make sure you have one of the best options out there!

 

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