A degree of style

College rooms can be a mixed bag. At best they’re functional, at worst cramped, and they’re normally pretty short on style. So a parent’s help is essential to enable fledgling students to fly the nest successfully.

College rooms can be a mixed bag. At best they’re functional, at worst cramped, and they’re normally pretty short on style. So a parent’s help is essential to enable fledgling students to fly the nest successfully.

That doesn’t simply involve parcelling up their collection of random coffee mugs and clothes (washed or otherwise!) and mountain of CDs and DVDs, tempting though that may be. Instead, it means sending them off with those vital ingredients to instantly transform their space.

Think brightly-coloured bedding, practical essentials and beyond. And if you want an A-star, spoil them by splurging on imaginative, funky accessories.

Consider this outlay an investment, as such comforts will ward off early pangs of homesickness and create a room that’s a magnet for fellow students looking for new friends.

Follow this guide to campus chic and win brownie points by suiting the style to the student...

Swotty student

Books and studying rule in this room. Although, be warned, that doesn’t mean they won’t catch the partying bug later on! Make it easy for your pupil to slave over their desk by adding fun touches.

Blokey student

Just as he’ll be embarrassed by over-emotional goodbyes, he also won’t welcome fussy touches. Stick to simple, practical items and a generous supply of bedding and towels, as he’s unlikely to visit the laundry.

Girly student

Pink, pretty and a ‘home from home’ is the order of the day here. She and her mates will love long sessions gossiping and getting ready for nights out in her boudoir.

Style-savvy student

A room with funky touches is essential for those who value their street-cred and want to be in with the campus crowd.