“Wow, I really can’t believe how much money I have right now,” said no student ever. There’s a stereotype out there of the pennliness college student who exists on ramen noodles, and although there are many stereotypes that are outright lies, we’d be willing to bet that this stereotype is one that the majority of students can identify with. Paying for a good education certainly isn’t cheap, and neither are all of the books that you have to buy every semester. Add in the fact that you’re getting back pennies on the dollar when you go to sell them back, and it can leave you without a whole lot of cash.
Normally you make do pretty well, but it’s particularly hard to exist without money at this time of the year. With the holidays just around the corner, there’s a good chance that every last little bit of dough you have is going to purchase presents for the people that you love the most. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to sacrifice to put a smile on a loved one’s face, but it doesn’t leave very much money to decorate your student apartment to get into the holiday spirit.
Not to worry though, because the team at Ram’s Crossing East, Lofts, & Townhomes is here to help! When it comes to apartments for rent in Fort Collins, our are designed specifically to make the lives of students a little bit easier. With a number of floor plans to choose from, you’re sure to find something that you love. And it’s with that in mind that we’d like to lend a few tips for decorating your apartment for the holidays while you’re on a budget. Keep reading to learn more!
Holiday Decorating in a Student Apartment
Shop the Sales
Okay, so we have already established that you can’t break the bank on some decorations. Fortunately, more and more stores are offering better prices on good looking holiday decorations.
Want a Christmas tree? The $20 offering from Walmart is surprisingly good in this day and age. Need something cutesy to put on the bookshelf in your living room? The dollar section at Target is sure to please. Thrift stores also offer plenty of incredible options.
At the end of the day, if you’re willing to do a bit of looking or you’re willing to get creative, you can decorate your living space without spending an arm and a leg. And speaking of getting creative…
Who doesn’t enjoy doing a bit of crafting at this time of year? Once finals are over, you have a whole lot more free time, so why not take advantage of it by doing some DIY decorating?
You can quite literally make something. For example, this Thrift Store Snow Globe Challenge from YouTube channel Make Something might offer up a little of what you need to get your own creative juices flowing. It’s a two-part series with fellow YouTubers Evan and Katelyn who also utilize items from the thrift store to create something appropriately festive. Although they use laser cutters and 3D printers (and you do have access to a 3D printer in Morgan Library), don’t let your lack of options hold you back from getting really creative because the end result just might be something that you can decorate your living space with for many years to come.
Not feeling quite that ambitious? A few markers, a box of craft paper, some glue, and a bit of glitter can provide you with hours of fun! As we mentioned above, think outside the box a bit, get creative, and enjoy the process of creating decorations with your own two hands.
Borrow From Nature
Now we’re not advocating that you go out and cut down a tree from someone’s backyard or anything like that, but what we are saying is that inspiration might be just outside your front door. Need something simple just to get you by this year? Grab a large mason jar, throw in a pinecone or two, and wrap red and green ribbons around it. Boom, instant holiday decorations. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Or perhaps you could head out for a little hike. Keep an eye out for things that would make good decorations while you’re on your walk. Even a handful of pine needles and berries could work as a decoration if you have a vision for them.
Our point is simply that you can decorate a student apartment for the holidays even if you have very little time or money to dedicate to the task. If you have a desire to spruce up your space, a little creativity and dedication are all it will take.
Searching for Apartments for Rent in Fort Collins?
Perhaps you’re someone looking for a student apartment near CSU because you’ll be starting school for the spring semester. If that’s the case, look no further! With amenities that include an outdoor heated pool, courtyard with barbecue area, on-site management, and on-call maintenance, there’s a whole lot to love about living here.
Fort Collins is an amazing city to live in, and its view of the mountains is always very welcome. If you’re searching for apartments for rent and you want to keep it close to campus, Ram’s Crossing East, Lofts, & Townhomes are the perfect place for you. Schedule a tour today to see for yourself, contact us with questions, or apply now.