Whether you’ve just got the letter you’ve been hoping for or you’re heading back for your senior year, making the most out of dorm living takes a little bit of work. While you might have to get creative, the results are worth the effort.
Freshmen, remember, you’re probably going to be sharing a single room with one person, or an apartment suite with as many as three or four other people, so while you can express your individual style, you can’t expect your dorm or apartment mates to share it. So check your school’s rules about what you can and can’t do in your space, and get ready to have some fun with the decoration. For returning students, try to refine your living style to reflect your comparatively more sophisticated, mature tastes.
Within the Rules
Dormitories are communal living spaces, and are governed by the rules of the institution as to what you are and are not allowed to use when furnishing and decorating your personal spaces. A few of the most common rules and some solutions are listed below:
Walls: No painting. No tacks, screws, or nails. No tape. No decals or contact paper. While a little white space never hurt anyone, your college is going to be paranoid about the integrity of its paint job. You may also be restricted from hanging curtains or tapestries unless they are flame retardant. Work around these limitations by using double sided adhesives to hang posters and art, or putting up a cork-board where you can hang your stuff with colorful pins. The sticky stuff comes in tabs and hangers, or small dime-sized dots up to 8″x10″ sheets.