7 Decorating Ideas to Spice Up Your Dorm

With spring quickly approaching, the time has come to brighten up your dorm and start getting rid of all the unnecessary clutter you’ve gathered through winter. But by getting rid of stuff it’s also time to get creative and change things up a little. That’s where the Internet comes in.

  1. Change Your Bedding: o-URBAN-570You will be so surprised how much your sheets can change the way you feel about your room. And they don’t have to be pricey. Nowadays you can find a full set for about $40 if you look around.

Insider Tip: As long as you have Twin XL sheets, your comforter can be twin sized. Your pillow will take up the top of your bed, so you’ll never notice if the blanket doesn’t go all the way up.Wall-Brit-645x967

2. Washi Wallpaper: Dorms are infamous for their bland white walls and the sad fact that you can’t do anything about it. But we’ve come up with the perfect solution and, naturally, it involves washi tape! It’s time to pick a theme and get creative.

3. Add a Funny Pillow: One of the easiest ways to turScreen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.14.34 AMn your room around can be to add a pillow that speaks volumes. It could be a quote that makes you smile in the morning, or a totally inappropriate picture pillow that will definitely be a conversation starter. This Urban Outfitters snoop-inspired beauty can be purchased for $59.

4. Make it Personal: Dorms are a little boring if you don’t personalize them. It doesn’t have to be costly just has to be fun, cute and individual to what matters most to you. And what better way to do so than with memories. And what better way to recreate memories than with pictures. And if you’re getting too lazy to find, choose and print all those pictures hanging around in your hard drive, just get yourself some o-PINTEREST44-570inspiring poster from Ikea.

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5. Vertical Garden: This colorful garden will fit in the tiniest of rooms. Hang it as close as you can to the window and you’ll have some perky plants brightening up the dorm in no time. You can even plant your own seeds and watch the plants bloom into adulthood just like you are. AWWWWWWW.

6. Customize Curtains:Original_Michelle-Edgemont-PomPom-Curtains-Beauty5_v_lg Instead of spending your limited funds on curtains, dressOriginal_Michelle-Edgemont-Fabric-Pouf-Beauty1_v_lg up a pair you already have with colorful trim! You can buy rolls of pom pom and glitter trim from a craft store on the cheap, and create whatever color combos you please.

7. Add a DIY Fabric Pouf: You’re usually pretty limited when it comes to furniture options in a dorm room. One bed, one desk and your little space is full. That’s why this colorful pouf is the perfect accent because it doesn’t take up much space, visitors can sit on it and it can be used as an ottoman.

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Leave Your Dorm Properly For The Holidays

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It’s not a secret that any student that lives on campus can’t stay in the residence halls during the winter break. It’s also no secret that residents must check out with their assigned Resident Assistant before they leave for the holidays. Before you lock your doors for the last time for 2015, here are some suggestions to make your checkout a lot faster and easier, for both you and
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Just like a student, RAs and faculty would like to leave & start their winter break as fast as possible, so preparing your room to avoid maintenance charges or documentation helps smooth out the process, especially if you’re trying to fly out of town.

The charges are not in place because the residence wants to make your time living on campus difficult. There are charges because we want to keep the residence halls in the best condition as possible so you can continue to live comfortably and keep it nice for the next person who moves in.

Therefore, if there’s a maintenance issue in your room, tell your RA or submit a maintenance request. This includes anything that is broken, damaged, or has stopped working in your room. If something is damaged and it has not been reported, then you will take responsibility for that damage. It’s not a good feeling to charge someone for something that they were not responsible for, so before you leave, make sure you look around your room and see if anything needs to be fixed.

Remember, your room is one of many to be checked by the RA before they head out for break too. Please do your best to be prepared for your check-out time so the process is efficient.

Please clean your room before you check out. Your parents will be proud and your RA will be grateful. You can be documented for a messy room if it is a perceived health and safety violation.

When thinking about checking out, a good rule of thumb is to plan your checkout time about an hour before you plan on leaving, again, especially if you’re trying to make it to the airport. This leaves enough time to clean up whatever might seem unsatisfactory or allow time to fill out any paperwork.

A common question that is asked around this time is “do I need to pack up my whole room before I leave?” You don’t have to, but be sure it’s nice and clean for when you come back.

Check and double check that you have everything because there’s a slim-to-none chance that you will be let back into the building before we come back from break. During break, you are not allowed to return to the building, so make sure you have everything with you.

Olympic Athletes Will Be Stuck In Hot Dorms For Rio Summer Games

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Rio de Janeiro will be a hot ticket next summer, but who knew the Summer Games would be this hot. The world’s best Olympic athletes will be sweltering in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to the Rio Olympics Organizing Committee announcing that the dormitory-style rooms in the Olympic Village will not be air-conditioned.

Rio Olympics spokesperson Mario Andrada, the de facto scapegoat for sharing bad news about these Summer Games, informed the Associated Press today about this decision. Due in part to a lagging Brazilian economy, the Rio Olympics $1.9 billion budget needed to be cut. Yanking air conditioners from the expense list will save an estimated $520 million. “We don’t think it’s going to be critical [to have air conditioning] there,” said Andrada.

Although the 2016 Summer Olympics will be contested during Brazil’s winter, the typical temperature in August ranges from 18 – 28 degrees Celsius. After brutal days competing against world class athletes in the bright sun or even indoors, the least concern these 10,500 athletes should have is about getting much needed rest in a comfortable, cool room.

Regardless of an athlete’s status as a rising amateur or as an experienced professional, all are subject to these conditions – unless their National Organizing Committee foots the bill to have air conditioning installed. Countries like the United States and other sports powerhouses will likely dig deep into their pockets to fund this necessity. Still other federations may be unable to foot the bill. If true, the “playing field” will not be levelled.

Ensuring the athletes’ comfort, so that they can compete at their best, is job one for any Olympics organizer. To see cutbacks to this typically “untouchable” budget line item, sparks much worry about what lies ahead.

Tips To Help You Do Your Laundry In A Dorm

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Living the college dorm life is not easy.  However, doing laundry in a dorm takes it to a whole new level of hardship and annoyance.  Here are some tips to help you get your laundry done without too much of a hassle.

BRING ENOUGH CHANGE

While some washers/dryers will be free, most will not be. Some dorms have a payment system where you can actually use your room key or a laundry card, others have coin-operated machines. No matter what type of payment the machines require, be sure that you have it.

Before you go to do your laundry, make sure you have enough change/money on your card to do so. There’s nothing more annoying than someone asking you for spare change, or waiting around to steal someone’s machines.

KEEP TRACK OF TIME

Probably the biggest laundry faux-pas you can make is leaving your clothes in the washer/dryer long after they’re done.  Not only do you have to make sure you have enough time allotted BEFORE starting your laundry, but you also have to make sure that you keep track of how long your clothes have been in the machines.

There are other residents that need to do laundry too, and if you’re holding up a machine because you didn’t get your clothes out in time, you’re going to frustrate a lot of people.

DON’T BE IMPATIENT

I can’t stress enough how important this one is.  More often than not, clothes are left sitting in a washer/dryer — done, but their owner hasn’t removed them yet.  As tempting as it may be, do not remove them.

It’s simple enough really: you wouldn’t want anyone touching your clothes, so don’t do it to others. Maybe someone has items that can’t go into the dryer that you’ll ruin by doing so, or maybe you’ll leave before they get back so they don’t know where their clothes went.

If there aren’t any available machines and someone’s clothes are done, but no one’s claiming them, it doesn’t matter. You’ll have to wait for the next available machine, and hope that the owner comes in quickly.

DON’T BE OBNOXIOUS

When you’re doing laundry at home, it’s perfectly fine to separate your clothes into several loads, taking over the machine for the day because other family members don’t need it.

This is not okay when you’re using a communal washer/dryer.

There’s always going to be another person that needs to do laundry, so using up a machine all day long because you’re washing clothes individually isn’t acceptable.

So group clothes together where you can (mix darks and whites if possible, or combine clothes and towels/sheets) to save yourself time and to save some machines for others that may need them.

If you find that you need to do multiple loads, spread them out during the week. It’s much better than monopolizing one machine all day long, as you never know what times the laundry room is going to be busy.

BE CONSIDERATE

Whenever possible, be considerate of others. Bring your own money, soap and dryer sheets, change loads when the machine is done, and don’t spend more time than needed at any given machine. Basically, follow the rules and you’ll be fine.

Doing laundry in dorms/apartment buildings can be a real hassle, and many people aren’t aware of the basic laundry room etiquette that everyone should know.

But now that you do, follow the rules and be considerate of others, and also help those that may not know. It just might save you some time some day.

10 memes that perfectly sum up student life


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1. FRESHMEN
Who couldn’t relate to it? Freshmen year, the excitement. Come on, we’ve all been there. Regardless of whether you’re residing on your own, with a roommate or in a dormitory – student life starts now!

 

 

 

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2. DORM LIFE
Making friends with all kinds of people is only one out of many perks of living in a dorm. Things noone will tell you about are the real benefits you gain, such as maximizing your creativity level when it comes to.. well, everything. Turning the floor into an ironing board, because space is a question of priorities or the dilemma of having used all of your socks and remain with none left to wear to go to the lavatory and wash your other socks. After all, you didn’t choose the dorm life, it chose you. Might as well make the best of it.


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3. ROOMMATES

See, you know nothing about student life, if you haven’t had pasta three times a day, for seven days in row. Now, while this might sound odd to some, to others it’s known as “the end of the month”. Who would you rather share your meals with than with your lovely roommate? Provided that they haven’t stolen them in the first place.

 


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4. DIFFERENT TYPES OF STUDENTS
“Livin’ la vida broka”? Well, this doesn’t apply to everyone. Throughout your studies, you encounter many different types of students: The discussion-dominating know-it-alls, the unprepared last-minuters, the inattentive stoners, the disrespectful rebels and not to forget, the group of girls showing up to class 10 minutes late, but – of course – with a decaf skinny latte in their right hand. International exchange students, as well, never fail to disappoint. Who doesn’t know that one guy who came to the country with perfect English skills, but answers “Me no English” when pulled over by a cop?


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5. GROUP PROJECTS
As simple as that: Forget everything they have taught you before. In university, group work basically means that one person does all the work and the rest take a share of the credit.

 

 

 


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Sigh. Lecturers. Incidentally, I would also like to give a shout out to the poor student who gets stuck on the front row and who has to spend a tense hour with the lecturer periodically staring right into his soul.

 

 

 

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7. PROCRASTINATION
The action of delaying or postponing something and the first thing to avoid: Procrastination. You’ve had more than 8 hours of sleep, but are still tired? You’ve walked all the way to the library only to go on Facebook and listen to music for 5 hours? Your reaction to the amount of your undone homework is “What movie should I watch?”. You decide it’s the perfect time to do a spring clean – in winter? If you find yourself in at least one these scenarios, then, my dear friend, you are procrastinating!


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8. FINALS
University will make you do the weirdest things like setting your alarm for a 13 minutes nap. But honestly, alongside energy drinks or other caffeine cravings, it’s the power naps that really get you through running the gauntlet, that is finals week.


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9. EFFECTIVENESS
In other words, the degree to which something is successful in producing a desired result, like that rare and overwhelming feeling of achievement when reaching the word count before the conclusion. Work smart, not hard. However, the line between a student’s brilliant effectiveness and expert laziness can be thin.

 


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10. GRADUATION
You’ve reached the finish line. Made it. With graduation comes great wisdom, for example the moment you realize, you went to university to get a job to pay for university. Student life ends here, real life starts now. Oh, and there comes the next person asking what you will be doing after graduation 😉

6 simple, yet affordable DIY winter decorating ideas for your student dorm

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As hard as the life of a student might appear at times, your decoration for the winter season does not necessarily have to look like this. Here are some time and cost saving, yet pretty alternatives to channel your inner do-it-yourselfer.

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1. Vases filled with salt

As simple as that: fill a glass, bowl or vase (or whatever you come across while trawling your dorm room) with salt and add some branches or baubles to it. If you like to get even more creative, you can also color the salt with chalk beforehand. The vases will look great on shelves or nightstands.

 

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2. Glitter Mason Jars

Glam up your windowsill with flashy mason jars. Generously cover them with glue before dipping them in glitter (available at any dollar store) and let the jars dry for a couple of hours, at least. Finally, light up some tea lights and put them inside of the jars. Same works for old cloth or magazine paper.

 

 

 

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3. Fairy Lights
Make your room the coziest place in the entire dorm by simply adding perfect lighting. Tinker tiny lampshades out of see-through cloth or old table tennis balls, wind them around a string of light and put it on the wall over your bed. You will never want to leave this place again.

 

 

 

 

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4. Paper Snowflakes

Yes, this will remind you of kinder garden, however everything you need in order to turn your dorm window into winter wonderland is already part of a student’s basic equipment: Paper, scissors and adhesive tape. Crafting paper snowflakes is definitely the cheapest, quickest and pottiest way to adorn your student dorm.

 

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5. Cinnamon Stick Candles

Why bother buying scented candles, when you can easily make your own? And not only do they smell good, cinnamon stick candles also add warmth and a cozy charm to your tiny space.

 

 

 

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6. Wine Glass Candles

The ultimate décor for the clumsy and uninspired: wine glass candles. Arranging these will take you the least effort, but will still look pleasingly subtle. Any glass will do, although a wine glass does have its romantic flavour. What really counts here is what you put inside the glass. In case of doubt, fill them with chocolate or other snacks that get you through long study nights.

Watch A Dorm Building Implode (Video)

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McCollum Hall, the largest dorm for the University of Kansas, has been demolished.  It is bittersweet for some students, as although the place was pretty rundown, these quirks gave it a certain charm.

About 750 pounds of explosives were used to demolish the 220,000 square-foot building, which opened in 1965. It was named after the brothers Elmer V. and Burton McCollum. The building cost $3.4 million to build. Its original capacity was 488 rooms for 976 students.

Have a look:

 

The Reality of College Dorm Life

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Claire is a student who lives in a dorm, and just like most Millenials, she likes to complain about stuff (we’re half kidding!).  She does however make some good points and gives a glimpse into dorm life for those that have yet to experience it:

1) It’s always loud, even at 4 a.m. on Tuesdays! About 90 percent of the time the noise consists of people playing Drake songs at unreasonably high volumes.

2) Who knew sharing 10 washing machines with 500 students would be annoying? It’s especially lovely when people use five different washing machines and take a billion years to transfer everything to the dryers.

3) Constant ramen and/or popcorn smell — actually, this one isn’t a complaint.

4) Someone, somewhere, is always screaming. What are these people doing? The world may never know.

5) Lofted beds are terrible. Have you ever tried putting a fitted sheet on an eight-foot-tall bed? It’s a traumatizing experience;

6) There is garbage more or less everywhere.

7) There are always people hanging out in the halls, and they always want to talk. Very hard to manage when you don’t want to talk to anyone.

8) Walking down four flights of stairs to get food. Compared to only two flights of stairs at home. This one is actually only a minor complaint.

9) The food is terrible though. A grilled cheese sandwich with half a tomato and like three mushrooms on it for dinner. Is that even food?

10) Not allowed to have toasters in the dorm rooms.  Although nothing in the dorm handbook says anything against blowtorches…so that’s how you have to grill your poptarts 😉

Top 30 Best College Dorms in the USA

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Dorm life is a huge factor when deciding which school to go to.  After all, you only get to experience university life once so might as well make the most out of it.  Here is a list of the best dorms around the USA, in order to help you decide where to apply:

Midwest:  Indiana Wesleyan University
Midwest: Wheaton College
Midwest: Washington University in St. Louis
Northeast: Bryn Mawr College
Northeast: University of Scranton
Northeast: Harvard University
Northeast: Yale University
Northeast: Loyola University Maryland
Northeast: Bowdoin College
South: Eastern Mennonite University
South: Liberty University
South: Christopher Newport University
South: Regent University
South: High Point University
South: University of Mobile
South: Southwestern Assemblies of God University
South: Asbury University
South: Johnson University
South: Florida Gulf Coast University
South: Union University
South: Rice University
West: Colorado Christian University
West: Pacific Union College
West: Santa Clara University
West: Stanford University
West: Corban University
West: Whitworth University
West: Soka University of America
West: Pomona College
West: California Baptist University

Dorms For Grown Ups Are A Thing Now

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There is no denying that space is becoming quite scarce in cities.  Due to this, prices have gone up significantly for housing if you want to live in the city.  This has given rise to the micro-unit trend, where you see spaces of 300-400 square feet, basically what would have been the size of a big closet a generation ago, now being accepted as living space.

Dorms for students have always been this size, and it would compensate by offering common kitchens, play rooms, chill rooms, etc.  Now, a Syracuse man is betting on the dorm trend to extend beyond students.  That’s right, he wants to create dorms for grown adults.

The reasoning here, is that since people are already used to living in small spaces in the city, living in a dorm community would feel less lonely and more engaging, as well as being significantly cheaper than a regular apartment.  I could see this being quite popular with the busy professional who needs to live near work and does crazy hours and is hardly at home.

Who knows, maybe this man is onto something…perhaps the future of city life will involve more communal living habits.