Moving to a new city is no cakewalk. Sure, you have the promise of attending one of the top schools in Ahmedabad to sweeten the deal, but the fact remains that you need to leave your family and your home behind, head to a completely unfamiliar place and make a life for yourself. And that can seem scary. Even after you’ve found a hostel and settled down, it’s only natural for the homesickness to creep in at times. Follow our handy tips to make your hostel room feel a lot more like home.
Decorate your space
This one is kind of a no-brainer when it comes to making your hostel room more comfortable and appealing. There’s nothing warm and familiar about blank white walls. So, cover them up with pictures, posters and other elements that remind you of home. And not just the walls, throw the rug from your old bedroom onto the floor, or use the same sheets. These simple hacks can give a touch of life and personality to your space, and make it feel a lot more like your own.
Get more pillows
As you’ll soon realise, living in a hostel is all about making the most of your bed. Since this item of furniture is going to be multitasking as the place where you sleep, study, hang out with friends and more, it should definitely be super cosy and comfortable. The most inexpensive way to do that is by adding a lot of extra pillows. They can also double as cushions for seating if you have friends over. Plus, if the quality of your mattress isn’t great, then extra pillows are a great way to make your bed a lot more comfortable.
Improve the lighting
Nothing can make you feel more sad or homesick than having to live in a dull and dreary room. If your hostel or PG doesn’t get much natural light and relies on only one tube light or bulb to brighten your space, it’s time to change that. You’ll love your space a lot more if it’s bright and well-lit, and it can even make your room seem larger. Get a few lamps that you can place around your room or see if you can replace the old bulbs with some more energy efficient CFLs. This can go a long way towards making you more comfortable in your new home.
Bring that home smell
Say what you will about it, but there’s something quintessentially unique about the smell of home. And you could find yourself missing that scent when you move to one of the girls’ hostels in Ahmedabad. So, why not try and replicate it instead? Use the same type of incense that your mother used at home, buy the same brands of laundry detergent so that your fabric feels and smells the same, or get a scented candle that reminds you of a particular fragrance from home. Then the next time you’re feeling homesick, you’ll just be a sniff away from feeling more at home in your new space.
Invite friends over
There’s nothing that’ll make a space feel like yours more than the ability to show it off to others. So, why not make the most of your hostel room and invite your friends or co-residents over to hang out. You’ll be able to make use of those extra pillows and great lighting and having some company could also distract you from the homesickness that you’re feeling. Plus, being surrounded by friends in a new city is sure to make you feel more connected to it and less likely to feel alone in the first place.
So there you have it. These are our simple and easy tips to beat homesickness and make your hostel in Ahmedabad feel more comfortable. So, try it out and get ready to embrace your new life in Ahmedabad!