Moving away from home to university was such an exciting but scary experience.
I was definitely a home bird so the thought of going to a cold horrible flat really put me off. It was pure luck that John Bell House was opening the same year I was starting university, so, as soon as I heard about it I emailed for a viewing appointment.
When I arrived to view John Bell House I instantly knew it was the place for me. I have always been interested in interior design and couldn't believe how well finished the rooms were, they were the perfect blank canvas to put my stamp on so I booked straight away.
My room is perfect, in the very centre of Belfast with great views, 10 minute walk from my university and so close to all the shops and night clubs.
I have added lots of personal touches to make the space my own including, pictures, quotes which inspire me, lighting to make it feel cosy and lots of other personal touches which make me love the space.
John Bell allows me to experience living alone but with the reassurance of 24/7 security and maintenance. I live in a shared flat of six and have been so lucky to be living with brilliant flatmates and now friends.
I have been working along with IKEA as a Lagom ambassador, this role means I go to workshops, blog, and test out products from IKEA which will help me be more sustainable and less wasteful. I have been able to get the whole flat involved and we have been able to make it a really nice space we all enjoy, I was also selected to make a short film for IKEA about my room and journey on the project.
I love my room, it's my own warm, secure space in the middle of the city and I have rebooked it for next year!
Tristan - John Bell House, Belfast.