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How Are You Going to Decorate Your Dorm?

woodcal03woodcal03 Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
I've seen something about packing but I'm a total HGTV junkie so I can't stop envisioning how I'll make my dorm room, ya know, mine. I'm thinking I want some christmas lights and lots of flags and stuff.

What're you guys thinking?
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Replies to: How Are You Going to Decorate Your Dorm?

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 37,632 Super Moderator
    edited February 18
    christmas lights
    Probably not allowed
    lots of flags and stuff
    You're probably limited to putting items on X% of the wall space and you can probably only use wall putty to attach to the wall.

    Once you get accepted and decide to attend, check that school's rules about what is and is not allowed in the room. It's premature now.
  • cababe97cababe97 Registered User Posts: 433 Member
    I’m really sorry because I don’t want to deflate your dream but schools do have a quite a few restrictions on how you can decorate. Also, if you will have a roommate, space is more limited and you have to take into consideration that you will be sharing a living space with another person.

    Additionally, dorm rooms are pretty small and get cluttered extremely easily. Keeping that in mind, less can actually be better when decorating so that your room doesn’t feel cluttered and messy. I have a cork board with photos on my wall, some Christmas lights on my desk, etc. Minimal decorations will actually help the room feel more spacious and open! Good luck and have fun!
  • woodcal03woodcal03 Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    edited February 19
    Oi - I'm just trying to distract myself from the stress as best as I can. I've already been accepted to two schools and I know flags and christmas lights are super popular in the dorms at at least one.

    And I know this is a stretch, but how do they feel about fish? I'm kidding. Unless I'm not... my family's got no interest in keeping my poor betta fish Sushi (I know, I know) alive.
  • KimV2015KimV2015 Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    Check the housing website of your particular school, but I recall reading on ours that fish are the only allowed pet in dorms.
  • bodanglesbodangles Registered User Posts: 9,185 Senior Member
    edited February 19
    Look up the housing rules or student handbook for the schools you applied to. Mine allows decorative lights, and no pets except fish (with a tank size limit).
  • woodcal03woodcal03 Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    Wow- I would have assumed no boarding schools would want fish. I can't find a list on one website, although the other doesn't allow it. Poor Sushi...
  • bodanglesbodangles Registered User Posts: 9,185 Senior Member
    edited February 19
    I'm so sorry, I read "dorm room" and "school" and thought college, not boarding school. (I browse through "Latest Posts," which includes posts from all areas of the site.) Ignore my anecdotes then. You might still be able to find out specific policies by researching.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 37,632 Super Moderator
    but how do they feel about fish?
    They're delicious. :)

    Seriously, some might allow, some won't. But even for the schools that allow fish, you need to consider the logistics. When you go on break, the fish need to go with you, unless you somehow find someone to care for it/them in your absence.
  • FunintheSun1211FunintheSun1211 Registered User Posts: 417 Member
    I have three betta fish, Harry, Ron, and Neville (Yes, I love betta fish and Harry Potter). I hope I can take them, but I probably won't, so my family is stuck with them.
  • FunintheSun1211FunintheSun1211 Registered User Posts: 417 Member
    I'm going to bring lots of posters and photos for the walls. And when I say lots, I mean lots. I really hope my roommate likes Harry Potter. There will be a LOT of Harry Potter things. :D
  • keystosuccesskeystosuccess Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    I'd get scared if my roommate were to bring too many things as we'd be equally responsible for the room at the end of the year.

    My goal is to bring as few things as possible so that I have fewer things to take back at the end of the year. My goal is to have the smoothest and fastest entry and exit out of my dorm at boarding school.
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,295 Senior Member
    Many schools will not let you cover your walls with posters and they may require that they be under plexiglass or glass. Most don’t allow string lights officially but you definitely see them around. Sharing a room adds to the challenge as I know that many students envision this HGTV styled room but if you are sharing, it might end up a mish mash once you’re both in there.
  • FunintheSun1211FunintheSun1211 Registered User Posts: 417 Member
    I’m definitely not imagining a perfect room, but I checked the schools I’m applying too’s handbooks, and posters are fine at most as long as they only cover 50% if the walls. Do you think it would be ok to bring a cactus or succulent?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 37,632 Super Moderator
    Do you think it would be ok to bring a cactus or succulent?
    Again check the handbook; if plants are not allowed, it will say so.
  • preppedparentpreppedparent Registered User Posts: 3,269 Senior Member
    edited March 6
    My student is a college senior, but her freshman year of BS, she brought 3d wall art. It looked great. She also brought a wire milk crate wall unit to put against the wall to hold all her books and miscellaneous from Target which lasted about 2 years. Sophomore year she brought a desk hutch to put on top of her desk (online order from Target). That desk hutch is still at Choate. Sister took it then it got passed down to incoming students. Great for books and knick knacks.

    A nice small rug is great to put your feet on in the morning. Lots of pillows for your bed. In college, the girl bought huge paper lanterns from Anthropologie that created a canopy like effect over her bed, and of course get yourself a nice comforter.My other college student brought lots of framed photos and now likes the clothes line ones that attach to the wall that hold a lot of photos. Both of them took their felt BS class year banner to college. No fish or pets. No lights Keurigs had to go to a main area. Battery operated stick up lights for a dark area would be useful.
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