22 Tips We Wish We Knew Then
1. Put Your Dorm Fridge To Good Use
Don't let the freedom of eating what you want when you want it go to your head. Make sure to stock your fridge with some healthy snacks for late night study sessions.
2. Manage Your Money
Make sure you know your account log-ins and passwords and for your bank accounts, as well as ways to transfer and deposit money. Chances are you'll split rent, electricity, food and more.
3. Bring the Comforts of Home
Learn what comforts of home you can bring and make the most of them! You won't have a lot of space, but there's always space for a few memories.
4. Coordinate Coordinate Coordinate
Coordinate with your roommate ahead of moving in so you don't double up on items.
5. Creative Walls - Within the Rules
You might not be able to nail things to the wall or add permanent fixtures, but temporary designs like tiling bulletin boards or applying decorative wall cling graphics can make a room feel like home.
6. Your Mom Was Right
Wear your sunscreen! You'll be walking around outside to and from class, the pool and intramurals - you need it - or at least a hat.
Make sure you get all of your prescriptions transferred to your nearest and most preferable store. Ask your pharmacist how to transfer your prescriptions over - it'll take minutes and save you hours.
8. Keep an Emergency Kit
It's always a great idea to keep an emergency kit of ibuprofen, antibacterial ointment and bandages. Keep several - you never know where you need them.
9. Emergency Cards and Contacts
Keep your insurance, license and emergency contact information in an organizer in your wallet or purse at all times. Always better safe than sorry.
10. Cord Control
Adhesive cord clips and decorating clips keep your study area from being overrun by wires. You can also use them to hang string lights around a window or any other area you want to add a bit of mood lighting to.
11. Charged Up
Charging stations are great to save space and create a hub where you can do your best work. These days there are so many specialty options you can find one to fit your exact needs.
12. Cleaning Supplies Quick Pack
It's always a good idea to bring cleaning supplies to the dorm, but keeping them organized and handy is key to really using them. One trick is to create a quick-grab cleaning supply pack of essentials like glass cleaner, wipes, and clothes that can be used wet or dry in a carrying that makes it a breeze to take out and put back up.
13. Don't be Dusty
Don't forget to keep a small dustpan and brush in your dorm - it's not a big space but keeping it dust and dirt-free can help worlds!
You need an umbrella - even if you think it's just going to be cloudy - walking across campus on a rainy day is no fun.
15. If you think you need 1, get 2!
If you think you need 5 hooks, buy 10. It's always easier to return or take back home than to have to run out in the midst of unloading.
16. Light Up Your Life
Lighting in dorm rooms can be lacking in terms of desk area and bathroom area- a few quick fixes like a clever desk lamp and something like a Swivel LED Mirror to the trick!
17. Trash CAN
You need at least two trashcans - one for the sink and one for the desk. Bring an extra even if the dorm provides one.
Fresh Wave is essential for a small room. After all, you're eating in there, sleeping in there, keeping your laundry in there. If only in the closet - it'll help big time.
19. Laundry? Use two.
Using two narrow laundry hampers makes it easy to sort clothes into lights and darks from the very beginning.
20. Make the Laundry Easy to Clean
Look for laundry bags with drawstrings or carry straps to make it easy to get clothes from your room to the laundry mat.
Several rolls of quarters are essential. You always need more than you think for doing laundry in dorms.
22. Busy? Here's how to Dry.
Drying racks can be a real time saver when you're always on the go. It also saves you those quarters.