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Dorm Life Survival Guide



Living in a dorm is a huge part of the “college experience”, and something pretty much every student has done. With this being said, it is important to make sure you get everything you can out of the dorm life. This comes down to knowing what to expect living around hundreds of other students, knowing what you need to bring, and learning some extra tips for a smooth year.


Half of the stress of moving into your first dorm is making sure you're prepared. Having everything you need ahead of time will ease your mind and make the process much easier. The list below will give you a good jumpstart on things college students have found useful.


  1. First aid kit

  2. Microwaveable meals

  3. Extension cords

  4. Pictures/ a piece of home

  5. Laundry bin that's easy to carry

  6. Plastic plates, bowls, and cups

  7. Brita filter

  8. Lots of storage bins of every size (you will use these for everything!)

  9. Mattress pad

  10. Shower caddy

  11. Shower shoes


What will it be like living around so many other students?


This is a common question many people ask themselves before moving into the dorms. Although each dorm hall is different, they all have the same concept of living on a floor with other students and an RA. Although it may seem scary living around all new people, this is the best way to make friends coming into a new school. Everyone is looking for friends just like you, so don't be nervous to knock on doors or keep your door propped open for people to stop by.


What's the best way to find a roommate?


The best way to find a roommate is by joining your school & class facebook page. This is where the majority of other students post/ look for roommates. All you have to do is post to the page with a description of yourself and some pictures, and people will begin to reach out. You can also scroll through the feed and comment on other peoples posts if you think you would get along well. This doesn't even have to just be for roommates, it is also a great way to meet new people and make friends ahead of time.


Will I be able to get any alone time?


If you’re anything like me, getting some alone time is important. There are many ways you can find some time to take for yourself. Often, your roommate may not be home at the same time of the day as you due to conflicting class schedules or their daily plans. Knowing when your roommate is typically out of the room is great for planning when you can get some alone time. There are also usually quiet rooms or work rooms that you can go to in your dorm to sit down and relax. You could also go on campus to libraries or class halls and find yourself a nice quiet spot. So don't worry, there are always options!


It seems scary in the beginning, but moving into college and living with your friends is super exciting and not something everyone is able to experience. With that being said, relax, consider these pointers, and have an amazing year!


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