Whether you’re an eager-eyed freshman who can’t wait to make a chore list with your new suitemate or a seasoned senior who plans on couch-surfing for the semester, choosing where to live during your college years is one of the most important decisions in a young adult’s life.

Student housing? Off-campus apartment? Mom and dad’s house? The steps of the fraternity house that you’re not really a part of, but sorta?

At Door To Dorm, we know that decision isn’t an easy one, which is why we’ve come up with a few ways to help you narrow down the best digs for your lifestyle.

Living on Campus

Accessibility:

Campus living not only allows you to make the most of your freedom as a college student (take that, curfew!), but also offers the unparalleled convenience of being able to roll out of bed after a long night of studying and into the classroom of your early morning lecture.

We get it, 10 a.m. feels a lot earlier than it used to and being the overachiever that you are, you’re not just running on college o’clock, you’re also bearing the burden that accompanies financial irresponsibility. Guess what? That’s totally okay, because living on campus means not having to waste your precious in-between-the-cushions quarters on commuting to class. Go ahead, spend all of your money on Christmas lights and other, erm, necessities for your dorm––it’s called budgeting. Hop on the campus bus, ride your longboard, or get a head start over the “freshman 15” by giving those back-to-school kicks a test drive.

Resources:

This whole college thing can take some getting used to, and you’re bound to have a few mishaps along the way. Luckily, living on campus means having access to every imaginable support system to ensure that never again will you go to your Tuesday building on a Wednesday. Repeat after us: “Never. Again.”

From academic advisors, recreational facilities, computer labs, residence dining halls, and libraries, campus life brings all of the means necessary to better navigate college life to your doorstep.

Social Life:

Living on campus can also improve your chances of getting to know the people around you. Got class with a cutie? Treat them to a late-night study sesh at the library; maybe even stick around for an all-inclusive Netflix binge courtesy of the free Wi-Fi. Seriously though, campus living can be a great way to build a community for academic support and friendship. Why wait until next week’s class for answers? Take a stroll down Greek Row and check in with your sorority sister who totally aced Ochem last semester, or seek out that resident assistant who always has a solution to your dormitory doldrums.

Additionally, getting involved with different clubs and activities around campus can broaden your social circle. Whether you’re looking to toga party like Dionysus himself, or join the debate team like a true Socratic, college campuses are full of great networking opportunities that are both academic and extracurricular.

Living Off-Campus

So, you lucked out and your top school is only a few miles away from your old stomping grounds…well, you sort of lucked out. While the idea of living with your parents probably doesn’t ring of the freedom bell you’ve been daydreaming about, living at a home is a fairly reasonable option. Not only do you save big, but you can always count on your parents to help with the newfound tedium of college life. What beats a night-in playing board games with your folks, your parent’s home baked cookies on the regular, or that convenient washer and dryer just down the hall instead of up or down many stair flights?

If that doesn’t sweeten the deal, you’ll have access to free (or at least cheaper) food, rent, and some peace and quiet. Not every student finds the campus library the ideal place to study; luckily for you homebodies, you can cop a cup of coffee from dad’s Keurig, and take a seat in the familiar décor of your own living room.

Of course, saving money might not be worth it for those of us with helicopter parents––always getting on your case and forgetting *sigh* that you’re an adult now. Or maybe your parents decided 18 years rent-free was long enough, and they’ve suddenly started charging you to sleep in your childhood bedroom.

Enter the apartment.

You know you’ve always wanted that messy, windowless studio with exposed plumbing to complement your “starving artist” lifestyle. And how liberating would it be to finally bump those tunes full-blast without suburban moms from the neighborhood watch yelling at you from their minivans?

For those noncommittal types, the downside of getting an apartment is the pledge to a lease. Fear not! This option will not only build your credit and rental history, but will put life truly in your control for the first time. The trial and error period of living on your own comes with its own headaches, but the experience is a priceless one that will pay off in the end, just like your degree––especially if you’re an engineering major.

There’s no right answer when it comes to living on-campus, at home, or in your first apartment, but we hope these points will help take the edge off your transition into college life.

No matter what your next move is, Door To Dorm’s shipping and storage services have got your back. And for an extra cool addition to any space, make sure to check out our fridge rentals at https://doortodorm.com/#

2017 was the year of minimalism. This trend has spilled into 2018, and there’s no doubt it is here to stay. Minimalizing your space is a refreshing way to decrease unwanted clutter and recognize what possessions are important to you. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “minimalist,” making room for important things in your life is a healthy habit to implement.

Clean Out Your Closet

Cleaning out your closet is a great first step to minimalize your possessions. A good rule to follow is to go through your clothes and shoes and throw out anything that you haven’t worn in the past 6-12 months. Throwing out doesn’t necessarily mean the garbage. There are plenty of shelters and donation organizations that will happily take the clothing off your hands.

If the twelve-month rule doesn’t apply to you, try to pick out staple items in your closet that you can’t go without. You probably don’t need five of the same sweater in different colors.

Decorations

Your taste in decor will probably change over the four years of college. Figure out if all of your decorations are coordinating. If not, throw out the misfits. Getting rid of decorations is a great way to decrease clutter and unwanted busyness that your dorm room has accumulated. You’ll be thankful for this tip come graduation when you are getting ready to move into a new place.

Organization

In such a small space, organization is key. Storage cubes are good for closet and shoe organization. If the bed in your room is higher up, shoe racks are also helpful. Have a basket on top of your MicroChill  for your non-refrigerated snacks. Invest in desk drawer organizers. This way, you will know exactly where your skinny pink highlighter is.  If you’re lacking ideas, Pinterest is a great tool to take advantage of when it comes to organization.

Going to college can be an adventure all in its own. Some students get preoccupied with their academics and forget to take advantage of all the great things their school has to offer, like student organizations and clubs. Luckily, most colleges and universities offer a wide selection for various interest clubs. So, why should you join?

If you’re a first-year student, chances are, you might not know many people in the area. Joining a club will help you meet new people who are in the same boat. It’ll give you the chance to network with people on and off campus. Joining a club is also a great way for you to learn new things and gain new skills to add to your resume. You might even end up having some fun!

We’ve listed some interesting clubs from a few universities in New York below. If your school isn’t listed here, or you want to see a full list of clubs at your school, stop by your student union office and ask for information on organizations at your campus!

 

New York University  

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  • The Comic Book League (CBL) – If you’re a comic book lover, then this club is for you! Stop by the 7th floor lounge in Kimmel every Thursday night at 7PM to get your dose of discussion on superheroes, graphic novels, Internet memes, movies, and pop culture. It’s also an ideal club if you’ve ever wanted to write or draw your own comics.

 

Pace University

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  • This one is aca-awesome: You probably aren’t the only one to have watched PItch Perfect and thought “I want to do that.” Now you can make all your acapella dreams come true. Check out Tonal Recall, Pace University’s premiere Acapella group.  

 

Hofstra University

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MEISA or Music and Entertainment Industry Student Organization is the group to meet with if you’re planning a career in the music and entertainment business. Members get to work on projects for promoting music, artists, and events. Students are even given the opportunity to network with industry pros!

We don’t want to stir up any treble between groups on campus, but if you’re into drama (and puns), check out Makin’ Treble, the only all-female acapella group on campus. Don’t worry guys, we haven’t forgotten about you. There are plenty of co-ed acapella selections, including The Hofbeats and Chai Notes. The Dutchmen (Hofstra’s all-male acapella group) is also an option. Click here to check them all out.

 

Fordham University

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Classes got you stressed? Check out the Meditation Club at Fordham. They want to help students find happiness and well-being.

 

Columbia University

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If you’re an undergrad at Columbia, then you have numerous choices for student clubs and organizations. Choose from several cultural, sports, greek, and music groups. If you want to join something creative and relaxing, check out Gosh Yarn It, Columbia’s official crochet and knitting group.

 

St. John’s University

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Step Ya Game Up is St. John’s official stepping team at Queen’s campus. They perform at various events all over campus, promoting discipline and cultural unity.  If you’re looking for something new and exciting, we challenge you to take a step into this rhythmic group today!

 

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The first prize winner will enjoy a delicious spread of burritos from Chipotle to share with friends, stylish gear from Fair Harbor, comfy pool floats, a convenient inflatable cooler so you can enjoy the refreshing beverages Door To Dorm will provide. Plus, this winner will receive a $100 gift card to use at doortodorm.com.

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Summer is around the corner and Door To Dorm is ready to help you prep for the end of the semester. Whether you’re making plans to study abroad, or dreading hauling your belongings back to you parents’, we have your back. Our storage services were designed with you in mind. You can go off and enjoy your summer, while we store your stuff safely in our warehouse. Our Door-To-Dorm shipping service is perfect for shipping your stuff cross-country to your hometown, so you don’t have to drive a slow moving truck many miles home. Graduating? No problem. We’ll ship your stuff anywhere so you can focus on starting the next chapter of your life.

How Storage Works

We’re here to make moving out as easy as possible for you. We have established drop-off and pick-up dates with your school. After you’ve ordered your boxes, we’ll drop off your boxes and throw in your packing supplies for free. You can check out our box options here. If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, we suggest our humongous box option, especially if you have a lot to store. Once you’re all packed-up, we’ll come pick up your belongings and take them to our secure and climate-controlled warehouse. You can rest easy knowing your things are safe because we automatically provide $250.00 insurance.

Miscellaneous Storage


What if what you’re wanting to store doesn’t fit in a box? We know that not everything does. We have miscellaneous storage options for you too. Whether it’s furniture, sporting equipment, or televisions, we’re prepared to store it all.

Returning After Summer


When fall semester approaches, we will get in touch with you about the delivery dates for your school. You have the freedom to choose which pre-set date works best with your schedule and we’ll drop off your belongings right at your dorm room. It’s never too early to get the ball rolling. If you’re in need of Door To Dorm storage or shipping services get in touch today!

To all of our current and incoming customers, Door To Dorm would like to thank you for your business. Students that choose to go with Door To Dorm for their storage and rental needs are our top priority. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy and seamless each time you book our services or purchase our products. Many of you told us what you wanted, and we listened. Door To Dorm is happy to announce that we are re-launching our website to bring you a better interface with an easier-to-use layout and navigation!

 

Take advantage of our new live chat feature to get help with any questions.

 

Our step-by-step questionnaire form will help you schedule drop-off and pick-up times faster.

 

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When you walked into your dorm for the first time, you probably thought one of, if not all of the following:

  1. Finally, my new home away from home…
  2. This is tiny.
  3. This looks just like my neighbor’s room.

You now have your own little corner in the world to use for relaxing, studying, and sleeping, but you want it to look unique, and reflect your style. Here are a few tips on how to take your boring dorm room to a new level of awesome!

Pick a Color

Decide how you want your dorm to make you feel and choose a color to evoke those feelings. A vibrant red  or orange can be energizing. Yellows can reflect cheerfulness, while blues and violets can create a very serene ambience. Find several elements like rugs or pillows to showcase the color you select and place them throughout your space as contrasting pops to a neutral background.

Pick a Theme

Select a theme that you are passionate about. Picking a theme you love is a nice way to show your personality at a glance. Maybe you love the ocean and want to incorporate shells and nautical decor throughout your space, or maybe you’re a fan of old hollywood movies and want to hang Marylin Monroe posters up and place film reel paperweights on your desk. Whatever your style, you can really set your space apart by putting a lot of your interests into it. Just make sure to stay consistent with your theme so it looks put together. 

Multi-Functionality

Chances are, your dorm allots you a pretty tight space. That means you need to maximize that space. You can accomplish this by incorporating multi-functionality anywhere you can. One idea is buying a small ottoman that you can use as a footstool, additional seating, or even storage, if the top comes off. Another option is using a wall organizer that looks like a decorative piece.

Natural Elements

You can make a space look more luxe by adding elements found in nature. Plants are a great way to both improve your room’s oxygen quality and make a decorative statement. You can also easily replicate the look of natural stones like marble or granite by covering your desk or other surfaces with removable contact paper.

Photos

It’s completely normal to feel homesick while living in your dorm. That’s why it’s important have pictures throughout your space that help you with your nostalgia fix. Having pictures of loved ones, especially in a workspace can be a nice break from the stresses of homework and deadlines. So, bring on the life memorabilia.

You just started college and after a few weeks in, you’re sick of the noodles and cafeteria food. Sure, you mentally prepared for this, but the monotony is killing you. Don’t worry about it. Door To Dorm has you covered. Time to remix your meals with some easy, affordable, dorm-friendly recipes.

Here are 5 rockin’ meals you can make in your dorm room:

Chicken Salad Wraps & Sandwiches

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This delicious recipe is great for lunch or dinner and you can switch it up by adding sweet or savory toppings and using different kinds of tortilla, bread, or even crackers (if you want to make a shareable snack) to serve it on. All you need is:

  1. 2 Cans of Canned Chicken
  2. Light Mayo (to taste)
  3. ½ Cup of Raisins or Dried Cranberries  (or both if you want to throw caution to the wind)
  4. 2-3 Sticks of Chopped Celery
  5. 1-2 Handfuls of Walnuts
  6. Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Pour the canned chicken into a food storage container,  mash the chicken with a fork to break apart the chicken chunks. Pour the rest of the ingredients into the food storage container and mix everything together. Then, serve over your favorite carb. Store the leftover chicken salad mix  in your microchill fridge so you have meals ready for days. With so many ways to enjoy chicken salad, it is the swiss army knife of dorm food.

We recommend you try this chicken salad mix with croissants or spinach wrap tortillas. For a savory version, replace the raisins/ dried cranberries with chopped tomato and add garlic powder or garlic salt. Add a side of salad or a bag of baked chips.

Overnight Oats

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Trying to avoid the freshman 15? An easy and convenient way to add healthy nutrition into your life is by eating breakfast. You can save time in the mornings by meal prepping with overnight oats, so that you’re not late to class. This post on Food Network’s Healthy Eats gives you tips on how to create appropriate portions and play up your oats with different flavors.

2-Minute French Toast in a Cup

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This yummy recipe shared by Pretty Prudent is a lazy student hack for a warm and sweet confection! Perfect for those chilli days in your dorm or when your sweet tooth is kicking in, you’ll enjoy this morning cup of french deliciousness. Bon Appetit!

Microwave Nachos

Having a movie night with your roomie? Kick the night up a notch with some cheesy microwave nachos. Tablespoon.com has the scoop on this 5-minute recipe. Indulge in some messy, gooey goodness, because these microwave nachos are all that and a bag of chips!

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

If you want to impress your friends with your dorm cheffing skills, a crock pot beef stroganoff  is the way to go. The Spruce gives you the breakdown on how to prepare this dinner extraordinaire. Knock their socks off  by pairing dinner with these entertaining ideas for dorms. Oh you fancy, huh?

Have awesome dorm room recipes of your own? Reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know!

Making decisions can be hard, especially with the stress of finals and moving out of the dorms for the Winter. Luckily, we can help make those decisions during the moving process a little easier – no need to call mom on this one!

First off, what do you need stored? Go through your belongings and decide what needs to go into storage and what needs to just go. This means throwing out anything you won’t be needing for the new year.

Once you know what needs to go into storage, you can decide which storage option is best for you. At Door To Dorm we offer several boxed storage options. Cue James Corden and Justin Bieber – big box, little box, cardboard box. You can choose from four large boxes, baby humongous, or our most popular storage option, humongous box. We can hook you up with sturdy and durable boxes.

We are also able to store much more than boxes, like Door To Dorm refrigerators and microwaves. But wait, there’s more!  We store  miscellaneous items like luggage, furniture, different sized plastic containers, beds and futons, rugs, and TV’s too!.

Our goal is to make your life as easy as possible, which is why we offer FREE packaging materials including labels, tape, pick up, local storage and return delivery to your desired location.

See? Packing and storing with Door To Dorm is seriously so easy!

Packing 101

Take it from the pro’s, one of the most common mistakes when getting ready to leave for break is rushing during the packing process. We get it, you’ve been there for a few months and are ready to go home, but you don’t want anything to get lost or broken right?

A few things to remember when packing is to be mindful of what you’re putting inside of each box. You want to make sure everything is secure..

*Quick Tip*

You can use other items of yours as “fillers” such as clothing, towels, blankets, or even just some crushed newspaper or bubble wrap to ensure your things don’t shift around. This is perfect for your fragile belongings, and boxes with these items should be labeled as so!

Click here to order extra packing materials to keep your belongings safe and secure. 

Secondly, when are you returning? If you’ll be back by spring, you might just need our 30-day storage option. Otherwise, we offer long-term storage for those who might be studying abroad for the semester, or aren’t returning until a later date.

We all know that East Coast weather can be brutal during winter. But rest easy knowing your belongings are safe and sound in our climate controlled warehouse, waiting patiently for your return.

Click here to order your storage for the winter break. 

Moving In? Moving Out?

If you’re done with school, (Whoo hoo! You’re done!) you’ll probably want to get your stuff back home or even to your new home. We can get your belongings to your desired location without you having to lift a finger – you’ve worked hard enough!

Our shipping services are also great for new students starting in the spring. We’ll get your stuff right up to your dorm room, so you can focus on other things when you arrive.

Click here to check out our shipping services for both moving in and out of your dorm room or apartment. The bottom line is Door To Dorm has all of the bases covered when it comes to packing, storing and shipping. Learn more about our services and don’t be afraid to get in touch with any questions you may have for us!