A Guide to Hygge for College Students


The Danish concept of hygge has taken the world by storm. Since it’s all about creating a welcoming atmosphere, it’s ideal for college students who want to create a home away from home. But what exactly is hygge and how can you apply it to your life?

The Definition of Hygge

There is no direct translation of hygge. The word describes a sense of warmth and a cozy atmosphere where you can fully relax. As soon as you enter a place that is hygge, your worries fall away and you feel safe.

Often, hygge means being with friends and family, but you can also be on your own, enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

The Hygge Aesthetic

Hygge has become one of the most popular interior design styles for homes in general, but it is particularly well suited for student apartments. College can be stressful. Having a welcoming home to come back to at the end of the day can help relieve some stress. Key to a hygge apartment are a comfortable place to sit, reminders of fond memories, and smells that make you think of home.

In addition to interior design, hygge can relate to your own appearance. Hygge clothing can be whatever you enjoy wearing. Layers are important in hygge, especially on chilly days. Scarves, thick socks, and any clothing in neutral tones and soft materials are ideal. Trends, however, don’t matter — in fact, there’s nothing more hygge than a baggy sweater from a thrift store.

Creating a Hygge Apartment

Turning your student apartment hygge doesn’t need to cost much — it’s actually better if you use things you already have. However, if you’ve just moved in and are looking for some decoration ideas, focus on soft lighting and a cozy feel. Fairy lights are a great alternative to keeping the overhead lights on, whereas candles can add both a glow and scent. You should also try to have plenty of throw blankets, pillows, and rugs. If you know how to knit, you could even make some things yourself.  Spending time knitting is definitely hygge!

Making Your Events Hygge

A central aspect of hygge is enjoying the company of others. There are several ways to make the events you host more hygge. Firstly, remember that just because you’re the host doesn’t mean all the responsibility falls to you. Hygge is about everyone participating equally. If you host a dinner or movie night, all your friends should contribute a dish or snacks. It’s even more hygge to cook something together, especially comfort foods that take a while to prepare. Everyone should bring an ingredient or two and participate in the preparation.

To achieve hygge at home, you’ll need an apartment that is possible to make comfortable and is big enough for you to be able to invite several friends over. You’ll find luxury Niagara College student housing at Parkway Lofts. We have studio, two-bedroom, and four-bedroom apartments, all of which come fully furnished. All you need to do is bring your personal touch to make your home hygge. Book a tour now.

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