So you’ve moved into a brand new off campus housing and you want to know how to decorate your apartment on a budget. Rent isn’t cheap by any means and you want to find affordable furniture if your off campus housing is unfurnished. However, you don’t need to spend a ton to get your student housing looking amazing. Read on for some tips on making yourself at home and adding your unique taste to your off-campus housing!

Getting started

Before you step out and spend those precious dollars, here are a few things to keep in mind. You will need to shell out some cash to decorate your off-campus housing. Hence, be sure that what you buy is going to fit your student apartment.


It can be easy to get carried away while decorating your off campus housing. Dorms and campus housing may have restrictions when it comes to decoration or modifications. However, off campus housing is a lot more flexible. Be sure that you set a budget and do not spend on unnecessary items or furniture. Remember you can always buy something later if you still feel that you really want it.

Available space

Do you really need that 50 inch T.V. or that huge fluffy rug? Don’t get carried away when you shop. And be realistic. Make sure what you buy will actually fit in your off campus housing, and is practical. There is still a lot you can do if you are working with a small space. However, be sure you don’t overdo it and end up with a cluttered apartment.


Having a pet is a commitment that you need to take seriously. Thus, be sure that you have your furry friend in mind while decorating and furnishing your off campus housing. Make sure that you are creating an environment that is safe and comfortable for your pet. Also, keep in mind that you need a place for your pet to sleep and relieve themselves! Shedding can also be something that you need to plan for, to avoid a mess. Fragile decorations on open shelves can also be a disaster. Ask yourself if the things you are buying are going to be a problem.

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It is easy to see something pretty and spring for it in the spur of the moment. However, do consider if what you are buying will actually fit your aesthetic and that of your off campus housing. The last thing that you want, is to buy something and then realize that you really don’t like it that much. Hence, be sure to set the vibe you want to go for!

Practicality and mindfulness

While you may really think that fancy ceramic shot glass set will really up your house party game, hold on. When you’re on a budget, be careful of your temptation to spring for fancier and more pricey versions of things. Don’t fall for marketing and end up going beyond your means! However, this doesn’t mean you should always buy cheaper and low-quality items. Being mindful is the key here. Before buying something, ask yourself. Is this going to add value to me or my space?

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Buying furniture

If you are moving into an unfurnished off campus housing, then the first thing you’ll need to buy is furniture. Get started with a list of things you will need to furnish your off campus apartment. Make sure that you are getting everything and not less, and definitely not more. Again, remember, that mahogany shelf may look great in the corner, but do you really need it?

What to get?

Let’s start off with the essentials. You will need a bed and mattress to start off. A solid and comfortable study desk and chair is also a good investment. Beyond this, it really depends on the size and nature of your off campus housing. If you are living in a studio apartment, you may want to keep it limited and only get a small couch or coffee table. However, if you are moving into a bigger space and sharing it, you may want to get a larger couch and table for your common spaces.

Where to get it?

For furniture, you may want to check out IKEA. This basically your one-stop shop for all your furniture needs! Other than this, you can visit local stores and look for deals as well. Buying used furniture online is also a great option. You can often find great deals on used furniture that can save you a decent buck. Remember, these are things that you will use regularly and need to last you a while. Hence, take your time and do your share of window shopping.

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Buying applicances and decoration

After you’ve got yourself the essentials with a full set of furniture, appliances and accessories are next. This is the place where you should exercise your fair share of caution. It can be easy to splurge too much on these items. Be sure you are getting what you need, and that it adds value to your space and life.

What to get?

Again, this can widely vary depending on your lifestyle and the size of your off campus housing. If you are going to be cooking at home, a fridge and stove are going to be essential. Beyond this, you can get a microwave, blender or oven depending on the kind of cooking you do. If you are going to be eating out or in your college mess, you may want to skip this all. Ask yourself if you need a television and if you and your flat mates are actually going to using it. When it comes to decoration, keep all the earlier tips in mind, and consult with your roommates if you have any.

Where to get it?

You can look to Walmart or Bestbuy to find appliances and other decorations. They usually have a large selection and decent prices. You can also look to Amazon and easily find great deals online as well. Try Etsy for handmade and more personalized decor and art. Again, be sure to check with local stores for deals.

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