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By Kate Strassel | Citizens Bank Staff
Things are starting to get real. You’ve chosen your school, put down your deposit, and bought the requisite sweatshirt (or two). The list of tasks you still need to complete before your first semester at college can be overwhelming, but shopping for dorm room essentials doesn’t need to be.
In fact, with a bit of planning, creativity, and our recommendations below, creating a killer dorm room that’s functional, personal, and doesn’t break the bank could be the easiest — and most fun — thing you’ll do all summer.
These are the items you’ll use day in and day out. They may not be exciting, but they’ll make your life much easier!
Items that do double- or even triple-duty can also take up less space and can save you money.
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For those times you’re running late or don’t feel like venturing to the dining hall.
Keeping your stuff separate from your roommate’s belongings is key.
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Living at home, you may have taken these items for granted.
Here’s where your personality comes into play. (Tip: Check out thrift stores for inexpensive, one-of-a-kind items.)
Make your space — however small — feel like home.
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For late-night study sessions, rainy Sundays, and everything in between.
Your dorm room is more than a place to sleep and study — it’s where you’ll learn to live with others and make memories that’ll last far beyond graduation. Having a comfortable and familiar space to return to after class or late nights in the library can help ease stress and homesickness.
Also, you won’t need to bring everything for your room. Coordinate with your roommates on items you’ll probably share, such as appliances or cleaning supplies. Once you get to know each other, you may even decide to decorate your room according to a theme or color scheme. There are endless ways to transform your dorm room to suit your needs and personality. Have fun with it!
As a college student, you want to hang on to as much of your hard-earned money as possible. A Citizens Bank student checking account carries no monthly maintenance fee for students and young adults under 25.1 Open an account online or visit a branch today.
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