I like my USF apartment but want to make it more cozy. What are some renter-friendly ways to add some personality?

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Whether you are a University of South Florida freshman or have been in your apartment for a while, making it feel like home and cozy is great for your soul. Nothing beats coming home to a place that feels like you, where you can relax and recharge. Nothing helps that, like adding some of your personality to your USF apartment.

Adding personality to your place doesn't have to cost much money, which is especially important on a college student's budget. Along Fletcher Avenue, you can find Target and Walmart, which offers a wide variety of inexpensive home décor items. Ikea near Ybor City is another popular choice. Vintage stores also make great options for those on a budget and looking for something unique. Buying second-hand helps keep items out of the landfill and help our planet for those looking into green options.

Before you head out to shop, the first step should be reviewing what you can add to your USF apartment. If you have roommates, discuss any additions to your shared apartment. If you live in a one-bedroom apartment you would need to check with your apartment complex office staff before you add anything. Can you add wall art, paint, or décor that neighbors can view from the outside, such as door or porch decorations?

Ok, now that you know what you can do to add some personality to your student housing in Tampa, and some ideas of where to shop, let's talk about what to add! See below:


Command strips are helpful for many projects and are designed not to damage walls or paint. You can keep the same art throughout the year or change it for the seasons or holidays. There are plenty of trendy online shops that you can buy inexpensive prints from to add life to your space.


If your USF apartment is furnished, you can add personality with your bedding in your favorite color or designs. Make it easier on yourself and get a comforter or duvet that is can be washed in your apartment laundry setup.


In the living space, throw pillows and blankets bring a little pop of color and uniqueness to your space and are easily switched up throughout the year.


Like bedding and throw pillows, kitchen and bath towels can add a sense of coziness and personality to your space. They are inexpensive, so you can have multiple sets.


Showcase things you like as you greet your visitors. Add a door wreath or sign to celebrate the holidays or seasons and help you stand out from the neighbors.


Indoor and outdoor plants are great ways to make a place feel like home. A variety of options require little to no fuss if you are not gifted with a green thumb. Add some on your apartment porch for extra curb appeal or on your patio.


Nothing says home like certain smells. Candles are a great way to bring color into your apartment and scents that remind you of home. Bath & Body Works in the University Mall have a huge array of candles in a variety of sizes to fit any space.

Your University of South Florida apartment is your home away from home as you further your education. There are many easy and inexpensive ways to add your personality to your apartment and make your home feel cozier. We would love to hear your favorite ways to make your place feel like home.

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