What You Need to Make Your Room Feel Like Home

The residence halls offered by University Housing are not just meant to be a place where you can only rest your head, they are supposed to be your home away from home. However, that part is completely up to you! When you walk in, your room is a blank canvas to spruce up in a way that makes you feel comfortable. If you’re a freshman coming in, you probably don’t know exactly what to get, and that’s why I’m here to help. Below, I’ve put together a list of must-haves for your room to make it feel like a cool version of your parent’s house, but minus your parents.


Student in dorm

1. Remember the beds in our rooms are Twin XL!

Make sure to get that exact size so your bed won’t look all weird.

2. I would also suggest a bed cushion.

It will soften your sleeping experience.

Kitchen Items (University Commons & Lofts)

University Commons Building courtyard

3.  Make sure to have all of your pots, pans, plates, and utensils.

Or you can just eat off of a paper towel.

4. Grocery shop or you will not survive…

UNLESS you have a meal plan. Food is vital, you do not want to be out here looking hungry AND thirsty!

5. Keep snacks in sight at ALL times!

Go to Sam’s Club, get a stock pack, and you will be good to go!


Student recording music in University Lofts dorm

6. Laptop

This is another vital item needed for college. It’s always good to have it nearby so you won’t have to walk to the library and wait for a computer. Plus, we have wifi everywhere on campus.

7. Speakers

Okay… this may not be a necessity, but who doesn’t like to hear their music on the maximum volume!

8. Television

Now this can either be a blessing or a curse for you, so use it wisely!

9. Game System

This is one way for you to kill boredom once all of your assignments are finished and you have free time, of course.

Applicances (Piedmont Central, Piedmont North, & Patton Hall)

Student in dorm

10. Mini fridge

There will come a day when you will be sick of the food in the dining hall, and when that time comes you want to make sure you have snacks stored safely. Get yourself a mini fridge!

11. Microwave

If you’re going to have food period you will need to have a microwave, especially living in a residence hall where in-room full kitchens aren’t provided.

12. Additional lights and lamps

Some residence halls, like the Lofts and Piedmont North may require extra lights and lamps, but it’s always good to have additional light.


Students in University Lofts dorm

13.  Pictures

One of the keys to making your room feel like home is adding the personal items and photographs that are close to your heart.

14. Posters / Mini Calendars/ Mini Basketball Hoops/ Tapestry/ Etc..

Make your room look like you! Use your inner interior designer to express yourself with your room decor.

15. Try to keep it clean

I know… I get it, you’re somewhat far from your parents and you can do whatever you want. However, you know no one likes to stay with a dirty roommate nor visit a dirty dorm room.
Student in University Lofts dorm

Need some cool inspiration? Check out some room ideas on Pinterest! And be sure to visit University Housing for more ideas on the things you should and should not bring.

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