‘Dorm Tips’ Posts

4 Subscription Services College Students Need to Use

4 Subscription Services College Students Need to Use

I was pleasantly surprised to read in my school newspaper that Spotify Premium is only $4.99 for students with a special discount.  While I’ve had Premium for many months, I didn’t blink when I had the chance to save five bucks on a monthly subscription. I look at these monthly subscriptions as bills (because they ...

Freshman Week: Packing for Freshman Year

Freshman Week: Packing for Freshman Year

Heading to college after your last summer home can be a relatively stressful time. From figuring out what textbooks are needed, to making sure there are enough supplies to get through the semester and even to sorting through which clothes to leave home and which to bring, packing for freshman year isn’t easy. Going into ...

8 Pros and Cons of Living On Campus in College

8 Pros and Cons of Living On Campus in College

Whether you are living on campus now or thinking of going back, you know there are some serious downsides to living in university-owned housing.  Personally, I feel every student should live on campus at least one year (the first year typically works best). We’ll get into the benefits of it later, but first let’s take ...

How to Live with a Terrible Roommate

How to Live with a Terrible Roommate

Dormitory life is a keystone of the American college experience. You head off to school and sign up for classes and then spend a full year (sometimes more) in a room where you can often touch the other bed from your own. It’s an odd way to live, and often fraught with conflict. By the ...

A DIY Fall Wreath for Under $25

A DIY Fall Wreath for Under $25

When youʼre a college student on a budget, decorating isnʼt the easiest thing. Finding decor thatʼs both attractive and affordable is near impossible. But if you feel like being crafty, there are tons of ways to make decent looking decor without draining your bank account. If youʼre thinking, “Oh, I live in a dorm, so ...

6 Ways to Be Eco-Friendly in College

6 Ways to Be Eco-Friendly in College

Whether you’re a surfer, environmentalist, banker, or just a lover of single-use plastic, we’re all destined to leave some kind of carbon footprint behind us. As a college student, you’re probably well aware of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the radioactive fallout from Fukushima, and the seemingly never-ending oil spills around the world. Maybe you can’t ...

Best Substitutes for Eating Better in College

Best Substitutes for Eating Better in College

It is fairly difficult to eat healthy when you’re on a college budget, I know. Easy Mac’s simplicity calls to you – all you need is water and a bowl. Cup Of Noodles is even easier because it comes packaged in its own little chemical-laden Styrofoam cup. Well, if you’re ready to make a few small changes, look to ...

College Items Worth the Investment

College Items Worth the Investment

It’s hard to know what kind of dorm room accessories and expensive college items you’re actually going to appreciate once you’re settled into your first year of school. Before you sift through the “Back to School” ads and the “What to Bring” lists sent from your school, consider this list of five pricier college items ...

Welcome to Your Freshman Year

Welcome to Your Freshman Year

For many of you out there, this may be your first semester of college, and you won’t really understand how great it is until you finally move in. Being on your own, hundreds of miles away from your own home is both scary and invigorating, as it gives you a fresh start and a chance ...

Freshman Week: Dorm Room Decorating on a Budget

Freshman Week: Dorm Room Decorating on a Budget

The cement walls of dorm rooms can frustrate in a few ways — they’re usually way too close to each other, they are somehow thin enough to hear everything your neighbors are up to, and they’re so ugly. But before you drop lots of money at the start-of-school poster sale and IKEA, try out these ...

College Transitions: Dorm Life Tips for Freshmen

College Transitions: Dorm Life Tips for Freshmen

Editor’s Note: This is part five of College Transitions, a twice-weekly series of video posts brought to you by Lisa Ferguson and TYTUniversity. Living in a dorm is WAY different from living with your parents. You’ll have more freedom and more friends, but that also leaves plenty of room for drama. Here’s how to kick college off right and make ...

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