First, let’s start by pointing out that you can’t bring everything you want to use in the dorms from home, there’s just not enough space in a suitcase, and with surcharges it’s really not worth it.
But fear not! Below we’ve compiled a list of things to consider when looking for decor for your dorm.
Every college kid hits up Bed Bath and Beyond before they head into their dorm, there’s just so many great things there! Here you can find a huge variety of bed linens, towels, and any other organization things you may wish to purchase.
A Few Favorites:
- A Shower Tote like this one is essential if you’re housed somewhere with a community shower, and you may still want it even with a suite styled bathroom. Getting a cloth option, with mesh, will help keep it dry but also allow you to wash it every other week to make sure it stays clean and you don’t carry any germs from the showers to your room.
- Drawers like this can be used underneath your bed, maximizing your space, while keeping your things well organized.
- Make your room feel more like home with string lights. You can’t hang things on the wall with nails, or anything that will leave permanent damage, but you can use command strips and hooks.
- Candles, or anything with an open flame, are not allowed in the dorms. But if you find you miss them, grab one of these scented deodorizers.
- Lastly, these pop-up hampers can save your life. Okay, not really, but they are pretty helpful in taking your laundry up and down flights of stairs. And you can color coordinate them with the rest of your room 💁
What better way to bond with your roommate than to make some decorations for your dorm together? After you pick a project, just take a bus down the road to Frandor, where you can find a Michael’s and a Joann’s, both craft stores with the names of people.
Bring small momentos from home to help out when you’re feeling homesick. Photos, a favorite blanket, or a figurine are usually just the ticket.
Interested in learning more about our programs and exchanges? Take a look at our website, americansemester.msu.edu, where you can find a variety of resources.