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University home-from-home hacks

Everyone knows that university accommodation takes a little work to feel like home. But with a bit of creative inspiration and a few careful buys, you can rapidly recreate a homely feeling in your new space. Even better, you can raise funds for your favourite charity at the same time when you buy online with Give As You Live - and it costs you nothing!


Get cosy with Debenhams

The geometric trend is everywhere right now, and this bedding set from Debenhams' Basics Home Collection is great for introducing clean, contemporary prints to your new university home. Plus, it has a reversible plain grey side, perfect for changing up the look of your room!

Single - £18; Double - £22

Raise up to 1.5% with Give as you Live.

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The Complete Checklist at John Lewis & Partners

Think you may have forgotten something? Check out John Lewis & Partners' handy checklist, where they've pulled together all the essentials you need for the big move. From towels, clothes airers and cutlery to soft furnishings and accessories, they really are a one-stop shop for all your back-to-uni needs.

We particularly love this quirky Terrazzo Ceramic Bulbholder Table Lamp, £25, and you'll raise 1% when you shop via Give as you live.

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Create atmosphere with fairy lights

Fairy lights hide a multitude of sins whilst creating a fantastic atmosphere, and these beautiful lights are currently just £9.99. They will look fantastic over your study desk or bed, and are perfect for creating a cosy feel on winter nights. Why not hang them over polaroid photos to create a real centrepiece of home memories?

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Write in style

You're going to be writing A LOT of notes, and these beautiful Personalised Cover and Spine Foiled Notebooks from Not on the High Street are the perfect home for all your scribbles. Priced at £12.75 fully personalised, you can choose your own words in the foil colour of your choice onto the colour of your choice. Plus, you'll raise 2.5% for your chosen charity!

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Cook up a storm

Next may not immediately pop into your mind when looking for your back to uni necessities, but they have a great range of kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and study essentials perfect for the most stylish student abode.

We love this Alphabet Coasters which are great for personalising your space, and at just £2.50 each they won't break the bank either!

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It takes just a few minutes to create your own Give As You Live account if you haven't done so, and you can immediately start earning funds for your favourite charity without spending a penny! Join us today and do some good whilst planning your new home-from-home student accommodation.

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