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University Dorm Ideas

 I'm going into my second year of university and living in res again, so I have some experience with the useful things to bring but I was wondering if any of you had some unique and and practical decorating ideas or a list of useful things to bring.

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you need a woodstock poster

 

I have this one

http://www.sportsposterwarehouse.com/catImages/woodstockcrowd09aq-1.jpg

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 Peace and music. What it's all about baby!

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Coffee maker will always be a popular choice.  Earplugs in case the neighbours are prone to loud "fun".  If you've been in rez once, you've probably figured out all the really important stuff, like how to custom build more shelves, how to expand up the mattress surface area so that there is room for two to sleep in the bed, all of that kind of stuff.  Remember, you are now the old voice of wisdom and expertise, so that's your biggest asset :)

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Thanks! And I love your display picture.

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I'd also recommend a 5$ Ikea throw rug

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 I'm a fan of over the door organizers.  I never seem to have enough space for my toiletries, and they seem to help!

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MINIFRIDGE!

 

My whole life i've wanted to go to college just to have a minifridge.  Yea maybe one day i'll be prime minister, but i mean...MINIFRIDGE!  Wait, if i'm Prime Minister I can have a walk in fridge!  OMG WALK IN FRIDGE!!!

 

As-salaamu alaikum

-Omni

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 I'll definitely be watching this thread considering I move into rez in a little over a month.

 

One thing I purchased just the other day that I think will be useful is a little storage ottoman. It's not very big but it gives me storage for extra blankets and also offers some extra seating.

 

BTW I'm wondering RevMatt how do you expand a bed????

 

 

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Well, it depends on the model of bed.  Some, I imagine, are not expandable.  But most of the dorms I have been in have some for of captain's bed - drawers under the bed.  So you pull out the drawers all the way, and then add pillows and padding as appropriate.  Every different bed has it's own tricks, though, depending on how the drawers are built.  They may need to be supported underneath, they may need an extra layer of foam padding on top for the mattress to be level, etc.

 

As I say, and important skill :)

 

Oh, and I've also seen it done by bringing in chairs of the right height (children's height chairs, iirc, no idea where they came from), and lining them up along the side of the bed.  Gives an extra 6 inches or so, and adds a side rail, should you be somewhat wobbly (spinny?) once you make it into the bed.

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Some really great method of organizing all your bathroom accessories.  I would count that as a major. 

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a couple of palstic bins to carry bathrrom stuff back adn forth.

 

A laundry bag

 

A magic bullet so you can make a smoothy for breakfast

 

lots of hangers, there won't be many in the cupboard

 

minifridge, kettle, mugs, tea bags

 

jar of peanut butter and crackers

 

extra pillow to lean against on your bed

 

not too many clothes.  My daughter had one cupboard adn the drawers that were under her bed.  It was pretty crammed and she didn't take winter clothes till later on.

 

 

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Speaking of woodstock posters, I knew some guys who went to woodstock who were a bit grossed out by it.  I once lived in a co-ed dorm.  The women residents couldn't understand why guys rooms weren't as nicely decorated as theirs.  What?  A case of Labatt's can be used as a foot stool, four cases as a table for playing poker and Playboy Centrefolds cover up paint chips, etc.  My roommate and I knew it was time to clean the room when we were betting on which dust ball would cross the room first. Keep it simple.

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don't keep it THAT simple.  yuck.

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I agree with Hilary lol.

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Hey, it's a guy thing. LOL

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Oh I don't know about that.  Often my daughters room is carpetted with clothing that doesn't make it to laundry or cupboard.

 

Mu daughter live in a coed dorm and there didn't seem to be a big difference in cleanliness.  Took a little getting used to having a guy peeing in the next cubicle but she loved having all those guys as brothers.  Interestingly, none of the kids dated others on the same floor.  Seemed to be an unwritten rule that you date people from other floors or buildings to not rcok the dynamics of the floor.

 

A kettle is a must, make your tea while you are studying

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 My parents bought me a Tassimo for graduation.... coffee, tea or hot chocolate with the push of a button. A dorm room must I think!

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