How to make your student accommodation more eco-friendly
Buying second-hand furniture is the way to go. Source: Wang Zhao/AFP

With climate change increasingly being thrust into the mainstream, an increasing number of people are making attempts to be more eco-friendly by reducing their carbon footprint.

While everyone has a role to play in the fight against climate change, we know that some options to reduce our carbon footprint can be costly. For instance, new homes require far less energy than older properties. 

Renting new student accommodation that’s designed to be more eco-friendly and energy-efficient can be costly for the frugal student.

So, how can you be more environmentally-friendly without breaking the bank?

Here are some suggestions: 

Buy second-hand


Whenever possible – or practical – buy second-hand items. Source: Shutterstock

Stores may well offer row after row of the coolest decor and furniture, but while you and your roommates may be tempted to purchase a host of new items for your new home, consider how you can save resources and reduce waste instead.   

For instance, consider shopping at second-hand stores or approaching seniors who might be moving out from their accommodation and asking for their second-hand items. You’ll save yourself a ton of money by not having to buy things full price, but you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment.

Reduce your energy consumption

Heating and cooling appliances may contribute to climate change, but they can be difficult to live without when the weather becomes unbearingly hot or cold, depending on where you live. 

Giving up the heater or air-conditioning can be out of the question in some instances, but whenever possible, limit using them. 

Find alternatives instead; for example, if you live in a hot and humid country, you may feel tempted to leave the AC on in your room as your study or complete your assignments. Instead, why not crack open a window, switch on the fan or study at the university library which already has the AC running?

Little changes can go a long way!

Reduce your use of chemical-laden products


Clean your student accommodation with vinegar and baking soda. Source: Shutterstock

Many cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Switching to natural or non-toxic home cleaning products is another way to avoid negatively impacting the environment. 

We know that some natural products can be pricey for the average student, but there are many other natural options, such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, that can be used instead that cost just a fraction of the price of chemical-laden products.

Take some time to look up ideas for non-toxic home cleaning recipes you can whip up and use in your student accommodation for a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

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