169 How to Make the Dorm Feel Like a Home

Sarah Clark, Kahari Miller, and Kamri Rice

We chose this topic because our entire group understands what it feels like to be homesick. All of us are from 3 plus hours away. It is important to feel like you are at home in college, because this is where you will be spending the next four years. ​

Tips from UPIKE Housing

What packing advice would you give to someone moving from far away? ​

“Pack Light! And that typically includes students who are local. Also, check out the UPIKE housing website. It is helpful. Also, check with your roommate in advance, to talk about shared items. Also, with stores like Walmart and dollar general, you can purchase things here so you are not traveling with as many things.” ​

What is typically the hardest thing to adjust to for first time students in college? ​

“The biggest adjustment is a unknown sense of freedom. Living in residence halls is different because you don’t have your family there to tell you to do certain things.​

Interview from Students

What feature of the dorm was hardest to adjust to? ​

“The air conditioner, mine was broken when I first got to campus… It was summer.” ​

How did you make your dorm bed more comfortable? ​

“I added three mattress pads to my bed. I also added lifters so my bed would sit higher.” ​

How do you keep your room organized, so you feel more comfortable? ​

“I keep everything folded and color coded. I also like to make sure nothing is out of order.” ​

What feature of the dorm was hardest to adjust to? ​

“The hardest thing to adjust to was my closet. I over packed and I was not used to having so little space.” ​

How did you make your dorm bed more comfortable? ​

“I used multiple pattress pads. I also made sure I brought lots of pillows and a colorful comforter.” ​

How do you keep your room organized, so you feel more comfortable? ​

“I brought extra drawers, boxes, and containers. I also keep everything organized with sticky notes.” ​

What the Internet Says…

Make your bed a priority! ​

  • Get a mattress topper​
  • Lots of pillows for comfort ​
  • Bring blankets and comforters ​

Add a Rug​

Decorate your walls​

  • Posters and Tapestries are always good staples​
  • Staying organized and clean, this makes the room feel more spacious ​
  • Add potted plants ​
  • Adding things like Christmas lights will make you feel more at home​
  • Add bean bags for more seating, plus comfort ​
  • Add curtains to the windows ​
  • Keep photos of people you care about

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The Survival Guide to the University of Pikeville by Sarah Clark, Kahari Miller, and Kamri Rice is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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