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How to decorate your uni house on a student budget this Christmas

With Christmas and the end of term quickly approaching you're probably starting to get into the festive spirit (or not, in which case this post is for you).

However, decorating on a student budget can be tough!

You're desperate for your student house to reflect how festive your feeling, but you simply don't have the funds to go all out. But, just because you don't have the money doesn't mean you have to miss out. Pop a Christmas movie on, make a hot chocolate, gather your housemates and follow these easy tips to transform your uni house into a mini winter wonderland...

1. Make paper chains

This will definitely make you feel like you're back in primary school making them with your pals to decorate the classroom. Paper chains are a super easy and inexpensive way to spice up any room in your house. You can put them up around your kitchen and your bedroom for some instant festive magic—it can be fun to rope your housemates in and make them together too.

2. Make paper snowflakes
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Another super easy DIY that is great for student budgets is making paper snowflakes. It's also another one that will probably take you back to your primary school days. Putting these on windows or hanging them from the ceiling can make your house look like a mini winter wonderland; they're super cute and Instagram-worthy too! Grab your housemates and make them together for a fun bonding activity over a Christmas film.

3. All of the fairy lights

It's a known fact university students love fairy lights, so why not hang them up in your living room and bedroom! If you don't have any then Amazon, Primark and Poundland do them on the cheap—so they won't break the bank. It's an easy way to make any room feel cosy and add a festive touch.

4. Hunt for bargains

You can still buy Christmas decorations, you may just need to shop around a bit. Amazon and Poundland are good places to start as well as supermarkets like Aldi—you'll be sure to pick up some tinsel, decorations, and lights at a much lower cost. Searching for bargains means you're not going to be overspending either and can be a fun trip out with your housemates.

5. Homemade Christmas tree

Buying a real Christmas tree can be so expensive. Alternatively, you may be able to find a small plastic online—that isn't very expensive—or you can make your own! University students are bound to have multiple books lying around the house so you can make a  tree out of books and decorate it like a normal tree. Or, you can make a tree out of Washi Tape, put some straight lines of tape up on a wall going up in a pyramid shape, tape some decorations to and you have a DIY tree! (Just make sure you don't mark the wall!)

6. Christmas scents

If all else fails, having things that smell like Christmas can help you feel even just the tiniest bit festive. Make some festive treats, or leave out some bowls of dried orange and cinnamon or make some mulled wine—these are all perfect activities to do with your housemates too!

Decorating your uni house can definitely be done on a student budget. Time to get festive!
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