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How to Have the Best College Dorm

How to Have the Best College Dorm

One of the best college experiences is living in the dorms because you get to live on campus and meet new people every day. Unfortunately, you don’t always have a say in which dorm you live in or who you live with. Dorms are more than a place you live; they’re where you’ll spend most of the year when you’re in college, where you may study and relax. Your dorm must be a relaxing environment that also motivates you to complete your homework and accomplish everything you need to get done in a day. Here’s how to have the best college dorm. 

Choose a Good Location 

Sometimes you’ll have the opportunity to choose your dorm, so it’s best to choose a location based on your proximity to class and other amenities like a campus gym or grocery store. When looking for a dorm to live in, consider the size of the campus and where your classes are located. Of course, you might not have your next year’s class list when selecting a dorm. However, based on your area of study, you may have a general idea of where the bulk of your classes will be as there may be buildings dedicated to different areas of study. 

You may also want to consider where dining halls are along with other recreational activities like restaurants and shopping centers. 


If you have a car that you want to bring to college, you’ll want to live in a dorm that’s close to parking. Many college campuses allow you to pay for parking in a designated lot, but it may not be right outside of your dorm. That means you’ll either have to walk or take a bus to the parking lot to access your vehicle. Parking is something that varies depending on the college campus, so you may not have a ton of options available to you. If you must choose a lot that’s not located right outside your dorm, try finding one that’s close enough that you can walk to. 

Class-Based Dorms

Depending on the campus, you might have the option to live in a freshmen dorm your first year or an all-class dorm with upperclassmen. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but if you have the option, it’s worth considering. If you’re not a freshman, you may have more options for where to live, in which case you’ll live with people of all ages. That being said, you may be able to choose a dorm based on age or class, allowing you to be surrounded by people that are taking similar classes. 


Some dorms are better than others because they’re newer. While this means you may not get beautiful architecture, newer dorms offer better features like air conditioning and different designs. Typically, older dorms are a single room for two people with a bathroom located across the hall. However, in newer construction, you may be able to find dorms that fit four people with their own common room and bathroom. Even if your dorm doesn’t have its own bathroom, you can still find novelty dorms that offer the latest and greatest features, which may include better water pressure.


Bathrooms are an important part of dorm life because it means sharing with others. Some colleges may have co-ed bathrooms, but if you’re not comfortable with that, you can choose a dorm that has separate bathrooms. Additionally, some dorms have individual or suite-style bathrooms that allow easier access to the bathroom, which means less sharing. Instead of sharing with the entire floor, you may share with the adjacent room or your own roommates.

Choose Your Roommates

If you have the option, choosing your own roommates can help you avoid the awkwardness of meeting new people and learning how to live with them. If you can room with a friend, you can make the first few years of college easier because you’ll have someone you can count on. Even if you don’t have a friend to room with, you can always make friends with your roommates and find common ground. 

Make Your Bed Comfortable

Make Your Bed Comfortable

Dorm mattresses are uncomfortable for most people, but you can make your bed more comfortable by bringing along a mattress pad, soft sheets, and pillows from home. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your dorm room, so you’ll need a nice place to nap, rest, and sleep when you’re not in class or studying. The more comfortable your bed, the easier it will be to fall asleep and stay asleep to get a good night’s rest that prepares you for the next day. 


Dorm rooms are naturally boring looking, but you can add your own personal style by decorating the walls with your favorite art. You can even design custom canvas prints and photo blankets to remind you of home, whether you’re studying at your desk or taking a nap between classes. 

Organize Closet Space

You’ll spend at least eight months out of the year living in your dorm, so you’ll need to bring all your clothing essentials, including dresses, shoes, socks, underwear, pants, and shirts. Organizing your closet space can ensure you have enough room for all your clothing without cluttering your dorm. Bring containers you can store under the bed and use for shoes so you won’t upset your roommates by kicking them off around the room. 

Use Hooks

Your dorm may or may not have hooks where you can hang your jackets and keys. If you don’t have anywhere to hang your outerwear, consider installing command hooks that won’t destroy the walls when you move out. Hooks also make it easier to hang wall art and other decorations around the room. 

Bring Cleaning Supplies

The college won’t give you cleaning supplies, so it’s best to bring your own. You’ll need everything from a vacuum to a window cleaner to keep your dorm neat and dust-free. Dorms can get dusty quickly, and bringing cleaning supplies will ensure your dorm is never messy or dirty, allowing you to focus on your studies instead of getting distracted by the mess.

Megan Isola

Megan Isola

Megan Isola holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and a minor in Business Marketing from Cal State University Chico. She enjoys going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with friends.

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