10 budget ways to update student digs

International Student Day is a day to embrace students from around the world who come to study and help the community. Originally this day was to remember the students from Prague University who lost their lives in WW11. It's also a day to reflect on student life and how to help future students adapt to life away from home.

As such student digs are a great place to start, after all if you can make your digs feel like home feeling home-sick can be coped with a little more easily. Student digs can and do throw up lots of challenges, there may be restrictions on what you can and cannot do to the décor, but with a few low cost ideas you'll soon have the place feeling like home. Light brown sofa under two abstract art prints on a white wall

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1. Embrace your culture and ensure your décor has something that reminds you of your roots. Rustic driftwood style pictures frames on a table


2. Use personal memoirs, such as family photographs, to make you feel closer to your family. Polaroid photos and posters on a wall in a geometric grid arrangement


3. If you can't paint the walls use large pieces of wall art – make your own to give a more personal look. Teal and duck egg blue bedroom with white voiles at the window and white metal bed frame


4. If the digs only has blinds jazz the window dressing up a bit by using cheap voiles that compliment your colour scheme. Cream living room with brown corner sofa on a pink geometric rug, and woven hearts on the wall

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5. Area rugs are a great way to disguise old and worn carpeting. Shabby chic bright blue drawers

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6. If you can't paint the walls and have your own furniture paint it to make the room feel fresh and new. Wicker woven side table, next to a light grey sofa

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e7. Use lidded baskets and boxes as storage – much better than piles of belongings on the floor that just make the place cluttered; they can also be used as a side table. White bedroom with wooden bed and white bedding with red floral throw on top

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8. Choose bedding in colours and patterns that remind you of home. Cream living room with dividing screen at the back and a white leather sofa


9. Screens are a great way to disguise grotty areas of the room; they can also be used to display photographs of happy times, scarves or belts. Screens also work well to divide the room and give a little privacy if you're sharing. White corner sofa with cream, red, brown and gold cushions

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10. Add lots of cushions to worn sofas and chairs – again using colours and designs that reflect your roots.

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