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Going away to college is one of the most exciting times in your life. Being able to make new friends, study something that interests you, and have a great college social life certainly makes it a positive time, but for a lot of new students, it can be hard to adjust to living away from home for the first time. One thing that can really help you settle in and keep homesickness at bay is to make sure your campus dorm feels like home. Dorm rooms can seem a bit bare and unwelcoming and, of course, you probably don’t want to spend too much of your limited funds on décor! Here are some tips for making your dorm feel more comfy and more like home on a budget:
Student life can be busy, so it is important that you get good quality sleep when you have the opportunity! This means making sure your bed feels as cozy as possible. A new bedding set can also be a chance to add some of your own taste to the room, allowing you to introduce some color and texture, and make it feel more like your own space. Look for bed linen that is easy to wash and change, is made from a breathable natural fabric, like cotton or bamboo fiber, and which you like the feel of against your skin. Make sure you have the type of pillows you like best too, as bad pillows or having too many or too few pillows than you are used to can make sleeping less comfortable.
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Having something to decorate the walls with that reflects your personality or life can make you feel much more at home in your new dorm room. There may be policies about hanging things up permanently on dorm walls. However, there is usually nothing stopping you from putting up some music or film posters, or you may be able to put up a pinboard to pin some of your favorite images. You can also consider getting a digital photo frame to put on your desk or nightstand that can show a slideshow of your pictures of friends and family, so you can look at it if you get homesick.
Having some flexible places to sit in your room can make it easier when you want your friends to come and hang out there with you. Space is usually at a premium, but things like beanbags, big cushions or even foldaway camping chairs can be good to have for impromptu get-togethers in your dorm room. It will make it feel a lot more comfortable and furnished than having people sit on the floor! You can use these as a way to add a bit more color to the room if you pick out beanbags or other seats in nice colors.
You’ll probably be spending a lot of time at your desk studying. It is important to make this as comfortable and well-suited to your needs as possible. If you are someone who can’t work well with clutter, then get good desk organizers and places to stash away papers and books, so you can keep your desk clear. If you prefer a workspace that inspires you, with your favorite trinkets or pictures on it, then this is fine too, and it gives you a good way to liven up your room and have more personal stuff around you.
Personalizing your dorm where possible will help you adapt to living there more quickly, and also make college life more comfortable!
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