Getting ready to go to college means making multiple important decisions, including where to live. The choice between on- or off-campus housing can have a major impact on a student’s education and their overall experience, so it shouldn’t be made lightly.
Practical & Personal Decor
ABOVE: Under-bed storage boxes help maximize space for seasonal clothing and less-used items. / Add a playful punch of your favorite color with accent pillows. / Practical items, like a mini fridge and extra storage, can also show off your personality.
OPPOSITE: Invest in a rug to amplify your room’s style. / Sports decor has never been more appropriate. / Pair like color families of bedding instead of settling for matching sets. / Loft-style beds (or raising your dorm room bed) provide additional living and study space.
Tip: Blue and grey are the new neutrals. Pair rich indigo or charcoal with bright colors.
What a good desk needs:
- Adequate work space
- Drawers/storage to organize (magazine files, file boxes, pen storage)
- Good desk lamp
- Adjustable chair
On or Off?
According to stats from San Diego State University, students living on-campus academically out-perform their peers living off-campus. 30 percent of students living off-campus were placed on academic probation compared with 14 percent of residential students.
- Easier and faster access to class, the library, computer labs and other on-campus resources
- Opportunities to become truly involved in campus social life and extra-curricular activities like clubs and interest groups
- Access to new friends. There’s always someone in the dorm!
- Convenient access to professors and their office hours for help or guidance
- Fewer commuting costs like gas and wear on car that comes with driving from off-campus location
- Simplified (and often less expensive) living expenses: no utility or water bills to remember to pay
- Possibly less living space
- Limited privacy
- Shared access to washers and dryers
- Less access to appliances for cooking can mean more meals out or at campus dining options, which makes it harder to maintain healthy eating habits
- More distractions from studying
- College-enforced restrictions on what you can or can’t do in your living space
- Learning real-life responsibility by paying rent and bills and dealing with possible issues
- More freedom
- More personal space
- Usually more expensive
- Increased isolation, especially if you live alone
- Additional time required to get on campus and parking hassles
Tip: Multi-functional and affordable “poufs” work as furniture and can be used for seating or side tables.
Amanda Zuckerman, co-founder/designer of dormify suggests covering white walls by creating a “gallery wall” concept. Use posters, photos of family and friends and other decorative objects. You don’t need to make it perfect or symmetrical; in fact, the more character the better. You don’t need to use frames that will ruin the wall. You can frame photos and posters with colored washi tape or masking tape.