A look inside the student apartment of David Garsten
Many Student Experience apartments have the same construction and size. Yet they are designed in many different ways: Practical and cozy or minimal and modern, with second-hand items or everything bought new. In this blog we will have a look inside a home of a Student Experience resident on a monthly base. Just because it’s fun to have a look inside, but also to get inspired. This month we had permission to take a look inside the apartment of 23-year-old medical student David Garsten, living at Ravel Residence.
David Garsten is one of the first residents of Ravel Residence and at that time still had the luxury to handpick an apartment of his preference. He has chosen for an apartment on the 4th floor with a beautiful view at the sports field of the complex. Despite the fact David is not home very often because of his studies, he has made a very nice and comfy place of his home where he can relax after a long day of school. David: ‘’Upcoming March I have been living here for 3 years and as long as I am studying I definitely want to stay here. Not only is it close to my school, but it is also a really great complex to live in. There are some awesome facilities and good service is being offered. In addition, everyone has their own place, but there is still that group feeling. It is very fun and social.’’
David describes his style as modern. His interior is based on the kitchen counter. ‘’The kitchen was already there and has been the reason I have chosen to take the other oak furniture (tv cabinet, desk and closet opposite the bed). I didn’t save any stuff for my moving out day, so I had to buy everything new. One half is coming from Ikea and for the other half I have searched over the internet (including at Wehkamp). I have taken over the bed from someone via the Private Facebook group of Ravel Residence’’, David says. He continues: ‘’The thing I value most is the art hanging on my wall. The paintings were made by my grandmother, she was an artist. And the photo I got as a gift from a good friend, whose father is a photographer.’’
When asked if David still has any wishes for this home, he replies: ‘’The only thing missing is a dining table. I need it the most when people are staying for dinner. A folding table would be a good solution in my opinion, but I have no idea where to put it. Also, I must take into account that drilling is not allowed in the apartment.’’
Tips for fellow residents or new neighbors? ‘’Don’t put too much or too big stuff into you apartment and make sure you have enough storage space, because it will easily look messy. Yes, there is a large closet in my apartment, but I can store a lot of stuff into it. I have also placed this nifty storage key system on the inside of the closet door and my knife set is attached to the side, so I don’t have to drill into any walls. Because of the mirror placed on the closet door, the apartment seems larger then it actual is.’’ And last but not least he says: ‘’Always lock your bicycle in Amsterdam, haha!’’