These home shops have everything you need to return to uni in style

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Heading back to university means leaving mum’s cooking behind and breaking away from the comfort of your own bedroom. But just because you can’t really decorate your uni room (paint the walls, hang up pictures etc) doesn’t mean you can’t add some cleverly chosen homeware to make it feel like your own. 

Thankfully brand favourites like H&M Home, Primark, Argos and more offer amazing homeware buys that’ll have you feeling instantly at home and won’t blow your entire student budget either. Think everything from coordinating throws and cushions that will give your room a colour scheme to potted plants and standing photo frames that won’t leave any marks on the walls. Turning your private space into a cosy retreat has never been this easy…

H&M Home

If you’re looking for affordable, cute and Instagrammable ways to jazz up a dull uni room then look no further than H&M Home. From table lamps and scented candles to coordinating bedding and matching cushions, they even have adorable kitchenware and bathroom accessories that’ll tie everything together.

TK Maxx

One of the easiest ways to fit more stuff (aka clothing) in your tiny dorm room? Getting your hands on a few simple yet effective storage solutions. You can hide various items under the bed, or neatly on your desk, and free up some extra space. Don’t forget to check out TK Maxx’s kitchen essentials, or their room decorations section to find a cute room accessory that’ll fill in that newfound space in the corner of the room perfectly.


From low-maintenance fake potted plants and dazzling LED fairy lights to plush pink throws and chic wire shelves, almost everything in Primark’s handsome homeware collections comes in at under £30, with some items going for as low as 80p!


Incase you missed it, Sainsbury’s has been upping its game recently by stepping into the homeware market and killing it. They have reasonably priced home furnishings such as foiled palm printed cushions and luxe marble coasters that’ll upgrade any tiny abode instantly – minus the hefty price tag.


Whether you’re new to halls and in need of a whole cooking set or simply kitting out your house share, Argos have everything to set you up for your time in higher education. From 20-piece kitchen starter sets to wireless bluetooth speakers and space-friendly storage units, it’s the ultimate one-stop-uni-shop.

River Island

Dorm room feeling a little dull? Head straight to River Island’s home accessories section for finishing touches that’ll bring a hint of luxe and liven up any room. From scented candles to opulent ornaments and fluorescent neon signs, get ready for your uni room to get a total interior makeover.

Next Home

Offering everything from furniture, bedding, cushions, lighting and so much more, you’ll have to do the root around but there are some gems to be found. Check out their Pinterest-worthy artificial flowers and plants that require minimum care but deliver maximum impact. 

Urban Outfitters

From LED oil diffusers and sloth bath mats to zodiac trinket dishes and brass-coated organizers, Urban Outfitters perfect homeware collection will make you want to Instagram everything in situ. Oh, and their stationary range is super cute too.


Whether you’re looking for stylish stationery to decorate your desk or a full-length mirror to check out your #OOTD before heading out to lectures, Wilko’s online shop has dedicated sections that’ll make ticking off your back-to-uni checklist a breeze.


Leave it to M&S to have all your ‘home away from home’ comforts covered. From dinner sets and cosy bedding to finishing touches that’ll inject some personality into your safe space, you’re sure to feel right at home before you know it.