Dorm Room Essentials

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Dorm Room Essentials for Less

Every summer, there are thousands of kids around the country who are biting their nails, making to-do lists and gearing up for their first year of college.

When you move out of your parents’ house and into a dorm room, there is so much that changes. You are living a new life that is completely different from anything you have ever experienced before.

Heading to life in the dorms can be pretty scary, but you will make it through. Here’s a guide to buying everything you need for your freshman year living situation.

How to Save on 9 Dorm Room Must-Haves

Living in the dorms represents a great introduction to college life. The convenience factor alone is a selling point, but the social benefits are also enormous. Some lifelong friendships are hatched within dorm walls as students bond over challenging tests, annoying busywork and other campus happenings.

Despite these perks, dorm life isn’t all sunshine and roses. It also represents the first time you’re responsible for such expenses as food, laundry, toiletries and more. To help with this reality shock, here’s a list of dorm room essentials and ways to save on each item.

The Pros of Living in an All-Girls Dorm

During the summer before freshman year, room and building changes are very common.

You may not have gotten your first choice of the coed residence hall, but before you decide that all-girls residence hall living isn't the right thing for you, I encourage you to try it out for a few weeks. I know it would be more stressful to move at a later date, but all-girls residence halls are really awesome.

Keeping Your Dorm or Apartment Carpet Clean on a Budget

If you stop and think about it for a minute, carpets are kind of really gross. Take a second and think about all of the bacteria, allergens and other gross things that could be living inside that carpet of yours. It's enough to make a girl sick!

Unfortunately, not all of us have the budget to buy a great vacuum or pay for carpet cleaners to come in. Luckily, we got some affordable advice from Oisin Hanrahan, CEO and co-founder of Handybook!

The Incoming College Freshman’s Guide to Picking the Perfect Dorm

For most, college provides a first taste of independence. It is the bird leaving the nest ... the butterfly shedding its cocoon ... the leaving behind strict parental supervision!

At home, many teens have the luxury of someone else cleaning the house and cooking dinner, at least on occasion (and I don’t consider the dining hall a home-cooked meal). However, once away at school, students become completely responsible for their own well-being. The prospect is both exhilarating and terrifying.

Quick Snacks to Make in the Dorm

By Megan O’Connell, Student at UW – Platteville Whether you have short breaks in between classes or you’re always looking for a night time study snack, I experimented with some quick and yummy snacks you can enjoy in the comfort of your dorm room. I hope you enjoy these tasty treats and that they help

5 Essentials You Need for Your Dorm Room

By Jill Scherr, Student at Academy of Art University If you were anything like me growing up, you always loved any excuse to shop, especially trips to buy back-to-school supplies so you could be super prepared for the first day of school/college. I’ve learned over the years that it is great to be prepared …

Roomie Checklist: What You Need To Discuss Before Moving In

By Kelly Leslie, Student at San Francisco State University Do you know who you will be living with next year? Moving in with a new roommate is exciting, but there are some things you will want to discuss before you do. Check all of these items off of your list and the year ahead of

Bored With Dull Dorm Walls? Try Spicing Up Your Space

By Amanda Ferrara, Student at New York University As the end of the semester gets closer and closer, you might find yourself getting sick and tired of your old dorm or apartment decor. Whether you are in need of a total revamp or if you just want to make a few changes to spice up