How to Furnish Your Dorm Room on a Budget

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Moving away from home and into university housing can get stressful and pricey. But while living on campus can be expensive, there's no reason furnishing your dorm room should cost an exorbitant amount. There are plenty of ways to minimize the cost of filling your new living quarters with essential and practical dorm room furniture.

Check with your school

Before planning your move to university housing, you should definitely check with your university to see what restrictions it has for dorm rooms. Some schools may not allow specific items such as microwaves or toasters, and some universities even prohibit students from modifying their beds or hanging posters on the walls. It is always a good idea to figure out what is and isn't allowed before purchasing anything for your dormitory. Also, be sure to discuss these rules and regulations with your roommate(s) prior to moving in.

Make a list

Once you know the do's and don't's of living on campus, you can get everything organized for your move. Start out by developing a list of items you need before moving into your room. Some universities may help you create a list by suggesting items to buy prior to moving in; these lists may be available through the school's website. For starters, here are a few essential items to university living:
  • Mattress pad
  • Multiple sets of sheets and pillowcases
  • Comforter
  • Pillows
  • Television
  • Computer
  • Shower supplies and toiletries
  • Clothing
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan
  • Towels
  • Microwave (if permitted)
  • Mini refrigerator (if permitted)

Split the list with your roommate(s)

Chances are that you have a roommate moving into your dorm with you. In some cases, you may even have multiple students living with you in university housing. It is important to coordinate with these individuals before going out and purchasing everything you need. Break up the list of necessities into manageable mini-lists for you and your roommate(s). This way, there are only a handful of things you are responsible for rather than the entirety of the list.

Maybe you can bring the television set and your roommate can take care of the mini fridge. This shared responsibility can work for other necessities like cleaning supplies, entertainment and dorm room decorations.

Borrow before you buy

You should not run out and purchase all of the items on your list. First, shop around your house to see if there are any unused items from which you can benefit while living on campus. Perhaps there is a television set in good condition in your basement or closet. Maybe your family has an extra microwave somewhere in the house. When splitting up your list, be sure to remind your roommate of this as well.

If you can't find any of these essential items at home, don't panic. You can always ask extended family or close family friends to borrow items to furnish your dorm room. This is one of the best ways to adjust to university housing, naturally making your dormitory more like home.

Some schools will rent out items such as mini fridges or microwaves for the duration of the school year. Be sure to research your university's policies regarding rentals because they are an easier and more cost-effective alternative to buying brand new equipment for your dorm room.

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on November 5, 2014

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