Fix Your Crib

Is it your ultimate dream to become so wealthy and famous that your house will be featured on MTV’s hit series Cribs? Dream no more: your room in Groningen might just be it. Every week, student television channel STUG-TV features a student room. And even though your room doesn’t have to be special to apply, you of course don’t want to be on TV with outdated and stained furniture. So whether you want to give your room a vintage, oriental, or modern feel, here are a few tips that will help you to make your home your temple.

You don’t need gold-plated ceilings to let your room shine. In fact, vintage furniture is often much better to give your room a distinct feel. Mamamini is a thrift store with four locations in Groningen, and you can get everything from beds to microwaves there. What’s better than spending an afternoon browsing their offerings and searching for the best bargains? Furniture is very cheap, and you can find a couch for ten Euros and chairs for even less if you’re lucky. Groninger students often make a sport of it to find the cheapest items. If you don’t have a car to take everything home, don’t worry. You can use one of Mamamini’s cargo bikes for free. With a little caution, you can even take an entire coach home on this thing, plus it never hurts to get a little more biking experience by manoeuvring your way through the busy streets. Don’t forget to measure your staircase and door by the way, otherwise you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when you arrive home with your brand new dining-table-for- ten Mamamini is open from Monday-Saturday, be sure to check their website for addresses and hours. The website’s in Dutch, so it’s best to just go to the store and have a look, or email them in advance if you have a specific question:

If you are more of a modern decorator, Ikea is your Mecca. Located in the east of the city, and on bus line 22, you will find an enormous store full of living ideas. For a small fee, your things can be delivered right to your doorstep. Once you’re done assembling everything, you will have the satisfaction of living in a stylish, budget-savvy and self-constructed room. The Ikea is also perfect for playing hide and seek, so you can make it a fun day out as well. Not just the furniture is cheap: for a few Euros you can have breakfast and/or dinner in the store, and their Swedish meatballs are a must-try. For paint or posters to vamp up your walls, the Ikea is the place to go too. The university also hosts a poster sale near the Academy Building at the start of each semester, so there’s no excuse for leaving your walls empty.

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