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.
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