College Dorm Room Hacks

Student taking selfie before heading off to college

It’s college move-in time. For many, this is the first time they’ll be living away from home and moving into a smaller space. And it might even be the first time to share a room—and a bathroom—with someone. But with a roommate and limited space, your soon-to-be college student might be in for a wake up call.

A college bedroom isn’t just a bedroom anymore- it’s a kitchen, living room, dining room, and bedroom all in one space. So, you need to figure out some new ways of doing things (and be a little creative in the process). Here are some safe and easy problem solvers to prepare you and your college student for dorm living.

Make your own first aid kit
Mom isn’t going to be there with band aids whenever you need them. Putting together your own first aid kit is an inexpensive and simple way to make sure you’re ready for any minor injuries or illnesses that may arise. It’s also something many first time students forget. Pack a container with bandages, cough drops, cold medicine, antiseptic wipes, pain reliever, cotton balls, etc. You’ll be glad you have your first aid all in one place next time something comes up.

Cool it down
If your room comes without air conditioning it can get pretty hot, especially during the first few weeks. By hanging a damp towel in front of your window, you can quickly cool down your room and keep the hot air out. You can also put a frozen water bottle in front of a fan to help spread cool air on the really warm days.

Decorate without damages
You want to decorate and make the dorm yours, but damages come with fines. Using  Washi tape is an easy way to avoid ruining your walls and their paint job. This decorative tape can be used to hang photos and posters without risking damages or to label chargers and books. Command strips and hooks are also helpful for hanging heavier art work or to act as organization for coats, towels and jewelry (damage free!).

Keep it smelling nice
Candles are a big no-no in dorms. They can be a safety hazard, and will set your fire alarm off nonstop. Don’t worry -- there are easier ways to keep your room smelling fresh and clean without annoying your floor mates! Try putting a dryer sheet or car air freshener in front of your fan to freshen up your space.

There’s definitely a lot to look forward to when you move in. Remember, it’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. And you can never be too cautious about your own safety. Always keep your door locked and follow the dorm’s instructions to ensure you have  an awesome dorm experience and safe year.

And parents make sure your insurance coverage is up to date if your student has a car for the first time or is making the move off campus to an apartment rental. Contact your ERIE agent to make sure your coverage is making the grade. 

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