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8 college tips for roommate etiquette

Successfully living with your roommate in a dorm room is a rite of passage for many college students. This is a good time to learn responsibility, respect, conflict resolution, compromise, cleaning, effective communication…and especially roommate etiquette.

Proper roommate etiquette is important in college. (Credit: Everyone Has A Story)

Proper roommate etiquette is important in college. (Credit: Everyone Has A Story)

A stress-free dorm life leads to student success. Here are some college tips for roommate etiquette in college dorms. Read more

Dorm life hygiene tips for good student health

Maybe you’re a slob or a neat freak, but the cramped living conditions of dorm life on a college campus make for a struggle to achieve disease-free cleanliness and good student hygiene.

Good hygiene includes doing laundry regularly. (Credit: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Thinkstock)

Good hygiene includes doing laundry regularly. (Credit: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Thinkstock)

Here are some hygiene tips for college students for personal appearance, dorm rooms and shared bathrooms. Read more

7 college tips for roommates and off-campus housing

Hey, you’re a junior or senior and you’re ready to leave the dorm rooms behind and move off the college campus into an apartment of your own—a studio apartment or a house with a bunch of roommates.

Seek out roommates that will always have your back. (Credit: CAVE)

Seek out roommates that will always have your back. (Credit: CAVE)

For college students, living off campus offers independence, learning about responsibility and leaving the distractions of dorm life. Here are 7 college tips for finding, renting and thriving in your off-campus housing. Read more

6 tips to be prepared for college classes

“Be prepared!” is a motto not just for Boy Scouts — or the hyenas in The Lion King. A new school year is upon us, so how will you be prepared for class?

To achieve student success, being prepared is an important step. (Credit: Laughmoreabundant)

To achieve student success, being prepared is an important step. (Credit: Laughmoreabundant)

From study tips to dorm life to student health, here are six tips for college students to be prepared for college life and achieve student success. Read more

DIY Dorm room decorating ideas for college

Dorm life includes a lot of studying, partying and just plain hanging out. You need to do a lot in a small space. In order to pull off a cool dorm room you could use a few diy decorating ideas.

A few examples on how to liven up your dorm room space. (Credit: Surviving College)

A few examples on how to liven up your dorm room space. (Credit: Surviving College)

Dorms tend to be pretty small so creativity is the key to success. Let’s look at how to decorate your room for this next semester. Read more

Dorm life: College tips for non-alcoholic party ideas

Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.

Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.

Winter is cold and boring, and cabin-fever is making you crazy. Why not throw a party? Combine that with your New Year’s Resolution to improve your student health by cutting down on the drinking and you can throw a fabulous non-alcoholic party in your dorm rooms. You could even get rid of some useless gifts you got this holiday season. Here are some tips for college parties that don’t involve alcohol.

“The problem with using drugs or drinking alcohol is the loss of control and the risk for dependence. When you drink or do drugs, you are no longer yourself. You can’t truly experience and enjoy anything while under the influence. Read more

10 dorm organization DIY tips for tidy dorm rooms

With some research you can find plenty of DIY organizer projects.

With some research you can find plenty of DIY organizer projects.

Have a messy dorm? Can’t find your books or phone under all the clothes and pizza boxes? College life shouldn’t be wasted amid a messy room. You have enough to worry about doing well in your classes. So take an afternoon a few times a year to do some thorough cleaning, straightening and organizing. Or better yet, start your dorm life each semester with an organized, efficient room with these DIY dorm organizing tips.

A word about storage containers. “Overall, if you are looking for some new things to help organize your beauty products or anything in your room, Goodwill has some great deals on small containers, organizers, and dishes that can be converted into organizers. Read more

Do it yourself: Speed cleaning tips for dorm life

If you seem to constantly misplace your textbooks in a room like this, it might be time to clean.

If you seem to constantly misplace your textbooks in a room like this, it might be time to clean.

No one likes it, but sometimes you gotta do it. Whether it is because mom and dad are coming to scope out your dorm life or because something green is growing in the tub, there comes a time when you have to tackle the mess that your living space has become. But you can make the whole task easier with some do-it-yourself speed cleaning tips that will have your room or apartment tidy and clean in no time.

Stop mess before it starts

One super easy cleaning tip? Stop the mess before it starts. So for instance if you use something, say a bowl to eat cereal, then clean it and put it away when you are done with it. Read more

Dorm life and college roommates: How to find a roommate you can live with

Dorm life and roommatesIt used to be when you opted for dorm life that your college roommates were assigned to you. Good luck with that – rooming with a surprise stranger can lead to lifelong friendships or dreadful college semesters. The Internet has given students a new option: you can find a roommate online, then finalize the arrangement with your school. If you would rather live off-campus, you definitely have to hunt down your roommates yourself. You’ll need one or more roommates to share the cost of rent and utilities. Here are a few tips to on how to find a roommate that you can live with – and avoid roommates from hell. Read more

College dorm life: Cooking ideas for small kitchens and first apartments

Paris' Small Kitchens

Small Kitchens (Photo credit: Thomas Faivre-Duboz)

Whether you religiously DVR the Cooking Channel or you’re simply sick and tired of so-so pizza from a box, you can turn the tiniest space into a meal-producing wonder room. Dorm life doesn’t have to mean bad takeout. Read on for how to make the most of your dorm or apartment kitchen, as well as a whole host of cooking ideas for small kitchens.

What you need

Don’t know a mandoline from a zester? Never fear. Even if you have never boiled water, you can learn to make a meal. Small kitchens are the bane of dorm life, but don’t let that deter you either. Read more