A look inside the student apartment of: Nienke Smit
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 were visiting Nienke Smit (24 years old). Nienke just recently moved into Ravel Residence, but has already turned her apartment into a warm home.
Nienke is studying Forensic Orthopedagogics at the University of Amsterdam and has lived with roommates before she moved to Ravel Residence. It was time for her to have her own place, so she downloaded the Student Experience Alert app. ‘It took 1 to 2 weeks before I had reserved an apartment. I’ve kept an eye on the website every day and opened it as soon as I got home. This way I could respond immediately when I received a push notification. And it has paid off! The apartments are indeed rented out quickly, but if you really want it you will succeed’, says Nienke enthusiastically.
Nienke: ‘The best thing about living at Student Experience is the homely atmosphere. Despite the size of the complex, it is very cozy. Also, the offered services are very pleasant.’ Nienke moved into her apartment not so long ago and turned it into a warm home within no time. ‘I have chosen light and natural tones to make the apartment look as spacious as possible. I also deliberately chosen for low cabinets, so that as much light as possible enters the apartment. I already had some furniture because I already lived on my own, but not everything also fitted in this apartment so I had to buy some new things. Mainly by Ikea and Xenos. The photos on the wall makes it personal. The photo hanging above my bed is made during my volunteer work in Africa, which I have very special memories of.’
We notice there is no television is Nienke’s apartment. ‘Haha, that’s right!’ she says. ‘In my opinion a television doesn’t look nice in such a small space and besides, when do you really watch it? Everything I want to see is online or on Netflix and can be seen on my laptop. However, what I do miss is an extra kitchen cupboard! It is just too small to store everything properly. Because of this I now put a lot of kitchen stuff in the chest of drawers next to the kitchen. Oh, and I also need lamps. But a beautiful lamp is really something that you should run into.’
Nienke has plenty of indoor and outdoor tips for new residents: ‘Drawers underneath your bed for extra storage are very useful! Furthermore, I recommend to keep it light and just start decorating by the stuff you already have, or if you have nothing, start with the basics. From there you can decide what you still need or want to have. If you are looking for a nice place to eat and/or drink, café Vrijdag (Friday) at the Amsteldijk is a must. But the best thing about Amsterdam is you can just stroll around and discover new places.’