The Wall Street Journal visits the PUTZ dorm at MIT, where MIDAS (the dorm room with a "party mode" resides). It all looks a little dark but the technology is sweet, and the idea that MIT students stay in the same dorm all four years is pretty cool. It opens up the possibility of making your room that much more of a home, and probably means students save on summer storage costs.
We see no reason why your off campus accommodations can't be delicious, too. This post is the third in a series of posts on off campus housing and, yes, gasp, moving beyond that university-owned bubble that is your college dorm.
Once you find off campus housing and sign that lease, the next obvious step is thinking about how to decorate it! Your new bedroom is really not that different from a dorm room, and we actually know a great website with killer decorating tips for it (hint: it's DormDelicious!) In this article, though, we'll highlight some things to think about in your house or apartment that are different from living in the dorms. We'll talk about how to take advantage of all the freedoms you get with off campus housing (as well as how to cope with the inherent risks), and what to do with all the space outside your bedroom.
Undoubtedly, while living in the dorms you noticed there was quite a lot you couldn't do when decorating. For better or worse, in an off campus house or apartment you start with a blank slate. For people who love to decorate, this is great: you can put up curtains, go on an Ikea shopping spree, (maybe) paint the walls, put up art, and so on. If you are not so decorating-inclined, fear not! We'll break it down for you.
The Bedroom: Where The Magic Happens?
Your bedroom might be considered your new dorm room, but let's not make it Dorm 2.0 okay? First, think about getting a bigger bed. It's time to part with those Twin XL sheets. Yes, say goodbye. They've served well under you... and on top of you I suppose. Please donate them to Goodwill or Salvation Army, though. Someone else will be able to use them! Two more key bedroom items to consider: a dresser and a desk. When shopping, don't forget our advice on getting cheap dorm room furniture. Depending on whether your room is carpeted or not, you might also consider getting a nice rug. It'll really bring the room together.
Recently we were contacted by Tim over at Dorm Spot, who let us know all about his site that helps students shop for common dorm room needs. They are also adding cool features like a list builder, which allows you to create a list of things you want to bring to your dorm.
An extension of this that we think is particularly cool considering we've already given advice on what to split with your roommate, is that you can add roommates and view their lists to make sure you don't overlap.
Here's what Tim had to say about Dorm Spot...
Usually, preparation for the first year in college is a shot in the dark at best. Half of the stuff on your list you end up not needing, and the rest you end up buying after you get there, once you realize how unprepared you are. Until Dorm Spot, there wasn't really much out there to help college students find and acquire everything needed for freshman year in the dorms.
Good news! We've taken the plunge into the world of Facebook by creating a DormDelicious Page where you can become a fan of us. It's lonely over there right now so help us out by becoming a fan!
Also, here is an added incentive: we can't make any promises, but we're in the midst of planning some exciting giveaways and one of them might just involve being a fan on Facebook - so best to get in there early!
The holidays are approaching, and maybe you're looking for some creative gift ideas or, as always, a way to spice up your dorm decor. Today we've got a great deal on a cool product from Photofiddle. Basically, you give them a high-resolution photo, and they create a unique piece of art on canvas in an artistic style of your choosing. There are a variety of styles available, but the "Impasto" style is shown here:
We're waiting for ours to arrive in the mail, at which point we can tell you how it looks, but until then Ira at Photofiddle has been generous enough to offer DormDelicious readers 15% off their custom art. Just enter the code dorm15 at checkout.