A look inside the student apartment of: Larissa Groot
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 invited at the home of medical student Larissa Groot. She lives in a beautiful, bright corner apartment at the 8th floor of Nautique Living.
‘In November I was looking for student projects. Then I found Student Experience and saw the news the registration for new student complex Nautique Living would start in January. Because I was one of the first to register, I could still make a choice out of different apartment types. The corner apartment with all those windows and lots of light was an easy decision,’ tells Larissa.
Larissa is currently following the master’s degree in medicine and is running internships. Therefore she is most of the time not at home. ‘Because my days are long, it’s nice to have a peaceful apartment where I can just relax and study. But it’s also nice to have the opportunity to socialize. People often sit together in the lounge and activities are organized on a regular base. Or you can use the dining room to eat together. In my spare time I like to do fun things with friends and go to parties. Here in Amsterdam North Pllek and Noorderlicht are great places to relax and during the week I also like to pick up salsa dancing again.’
Larissa describes her own interior style as industrial and a bit romantic (like the couch and curtains). ‘I have lived on my own in Amsterdam East for 2 years, but lived back home with my parents before I moved into Nautique Living. Because I could save money in that year I had the opportunity to purchase new furniture. I have shopped at all kind of different stores. Among others at Karwei, but also at bol.com and other online stores. I do not like the Ikea look and feel. I am very satisfied with the result and no longer have any big wishes for my home. There are only a few paintings that need to be hung up but because I want to hang them in other places than just where the rails are, I had to find a way to do that without damaging the wall. Now I’ve found some special nails at Karwei, which are very handy! These paintings will be the finishing touch!’
Tips for fellow residents or new neighbors? ‘Do not buy too much at once because it gets too crowded quickly. It is better to wait until you have the key or you can try to measure well in advance with the floor plan and put furniture to scale. Because the apartments aren’t that big I also recommend to keep it light.’