Swedish Rooms Pillows / Source: Anita

Swedish Room

Ever wondered how the inside of a Swedish room looks like? In a series of posts i’ll be exploring how international and Swedish students pimp their dorm rooms out!

Swedish Room

Today I start with my own room! I’ll show you what an empty student room looks like (because I forgot to take photos of my empty room) and what mine currently looks like now.

I sourced items from my room from the free shop at my student housing, online, IKEA, second hand stores, old students, maasai market in Kenya and random flee markets in Gothenburg.


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Typical student room in SGS / Source: https://utbildning.gu.se


Seating area

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Couch and Chair / Source: Anita

My room is 18.5 m², which is not too big but for my seating area I got a pull out couch from an old student who was leaving which is great when I have friends over. The black seat I got with my room.

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Pull-out couch / Source: Anita

The pillow in the middle I bought from an online shop, I loved the pattern dubbed ‘nordic deer’. I got the grey pillows from IKEA.

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Ostrich cocktail / Source: Anita

The first pillow with the cute ostrich drinking a cocktail from the same online shop and the pink pillow from IKEA.

Bed Area

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Bedspace / Source: Anita

For my bed, I love pillows so I liked mixing different prints and textures. I have a reading lamp that I usually use to study when I’m in bed and a teddy bear that I brought with me from home.

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Pillows close up/ Source: Anita


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Hat with Maasai necklace / Source: Anita

For the wall by my bed I decided to create a feature wall with decals. I got these black triangles online. The hat I brought with me from home as well as the Maasai necklace beneath it.

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Maasai necklace / Source: Anita

This is one of the seven necklaces I hang up from Maasai market that I used as decoration.

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Wall decoration / Source: Anita

I picked up the utgång sign from the trash at Slottskogen Park after the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg! Great memories! Check out this post I wrote about the Summer Festival Life.

Shelf Area

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Upper Shelf Area / Source: Anita

This is the upper section of my shelf area. I brought a little elephant from David Sheldrick back home after feeding baby elephants. The pink box I got from the free store at the student housing and the happiness box I received in a gift bag. For my books I love to see the pretty ones set out. For my uni notebooks I also need easy access.

I got the Sweden book as a gift from my mum and bought myself the Winnie the Pooh bedtime story book while I was learning Swedish. The Life of O’Reilly I picked up at a book kiosk in Sigtuna at a digital ambassador trip.

Here’s a pic of Ivanna at it!


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Lower Shelf / Source: Anita

The two bunnies I picked up at Flying Tiger and the incense I got in a gift bag.

Desk Area

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Desk Area / Source: Anita

For my desk which looks quite messy, I store all the things I don’t want to see in the boxes. I got the TV from an old student who was leaving.

For my makeup brushes and pens I got these cute metal tins which I love to stick magnets to of places I’ve been to.

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Brushes and Pens / Source: Anita

Take Away

So my advice is when you move to Sweden, have a little fun and decorate your room. Collect stuff from festivals, flea markets, old students and look out for bargains. After all this will be your home for a while. Make it feel like a little slice of home!

Look out for the next post where I will feature another Swedish Room!

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Panorama of the Room / Source: Anita

From Sweden with Love!

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A Kenyan student studying a Masters degree in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. If you have any questions about studying in Sweden or general feedback email me on anita.studyinsweden@gmail.com
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