Heading off to college is an exciting time for students, but it can also be an anxious time as well. Finding ways to bring a piece of home with you to your dorm is a great way to have a sense of peace on move-in day. It will help you feel comfortable in your new home as this new chapter in your life begins.


Moving Into College


Here is a list of ten ways to bring a touch of home to your dorm room this fall.

1. Bring Your Own Bedding

Many students insist on buying all new bedding for their dorm room, which is fine. However, bringing your own bedding from home and some of your pillows and blankets can really make you feel at home in your new dorm and save you money.

Dorm Bedding

2. Decorate with Pictures

Decorating your walls and desk area with pictures from home is a great way to add pieces of home to your dorm. The familiar mementos will you make you feel right at home and they are great conversation starters for your new friends when they visit.

Photo Collage

3. Smells like Home

Find a scent that reminds you of home and fill your dorm room with it. Often times candles are not allowed in dorms so find an air freshener sticks or spray, incense, potpourri or scented wall plug-ins that mimic what home smells like to you. Your dorm will smell good and you’ll feel comforted at the same time.

Air Freshener Sticks

4. Personal Momentos

Bringing things from home like your favorite stuffed animal or the coffee mug your mom used every day are little touches that can make your dorm room feel more like home to you. These are the things that money can’t buy and come straight from your memories that bring you joy.

Girl Reading In Dorm

5. Area Rug

A rug is a great way to add coziness to your dorm room. Dorm rooms are often not carpeted and can make your dorm room less comfortable to be in. Adding a rug to the floor brings comfort and style to your dorm room and makes it feel less like dormitory-like.

Dorm Accent Rug

6. DIY Throw Pillow and T-Shirt Quilt

A fun craft that you can do before heading off to college is to make a pillow out of one of your favorite t-shirts or compile all of your old t-shirts together to make a quilt out of them. This is a great way to repurpose your old t-shirts that have sentimental value and bring them with you to college.

Old T Shirts

7. Decorate for the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays will give your room a festive atmosphere that will remind you of home. Decorate with pumpkin cut outs and Christmas lights and your dorm room will have the same holiday spirit that you have at home.

Christmas Lights

8. Buy Plants

Having plants in your dorm room is a great way to purify the air in your dorm room. Caring for your plants will be a great distraction from the occasional homesickness and the airiness that your plant can bring will give your dorm room a great atmosphere.

Cute Cactus

9. Curtains

Hanging curtains in your dorm room is a great idea to make it feel more like a regular bedroom. Find curtains that match your style and your room and instantly create a more homey feel.

Dorm Curtains

10. Lighting

Often times the lighting in dorm rooms can be exceptionally bright. Adding lamps to your dorm room will help give you more soft lighting that feels more like home. Floor lamps are great idea to add some more personal style to your room as well.

Dorm Lamp


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