The college experience should include safe spaces where students can live, learn and find a sense of community. Though this is usually the case, it’s exceedingly important to remain vigilant and keep your safety in mind at all times. With the new semester starting, we at Door To Dorm want to provide a few tips on how to avoid putting yourself in vulnerable positions:

Look up from your phone

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It’s easy to put your earbuds in, stare down at your phone, and zone out, but with so much going on around you (traffic, bikers, skateboarders, etc.) it’s important to remember to look up and be present.

Never walk alone at night

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During the day, college campuses are usually teeming with students and faculty, but at night, it empties out quite a bit. If you find yourself studying late on campus, be sure you have a walking buddy when it’s time to walk back to your car or dorm. Many universities offer security escort services for this precise situation, so check with your campus to see if they offer this service.

Utilize campus safety apps

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Most colleges and universities can be found on different campus safety apps like CampusSafe. These apps feature a button that immediately notifies your campus police department when pushed. This saves the time of dialing 911 and notifies the police of your location.

Party safely

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There’s a high chance you’ll attend some college parties from time to time, but it’s important that you party responsibly.

First off, don’t attend any party alone. This is because you want someone to know where you are and NOTICE if you suddenly disappear throughout the evening. Also, it’s nice to have a buffer when you meet a bunch of strangers so you don’t feel awkward. The best party partner is someone you know well and trust to have your back.

That said, whether you go with one other person or a small friend group to a party, make sure one of you is the DD (Designated Driver). You can switch off for different parties to make it fair, but there should always be someone sober and alert that can gauge when you need to get out of an unsolicited or bad situation.

Watch your beverage. Whatever beverage you drink (alcoholic for 21+ or non-alcoholic ), make sure you never put your cup down. If you have to put your cup down to go to the bathroom, or somewhere else, make sure you grab a new drink after (that you pour yourself). It’s unfortunate, but people have been known to add things to other people’s drinks that they never wanted or requested. The safest beverage you can drink at a party is one that comes from a can or bottle that is sealed—don’t drink concoctions out of a tub, punch bowl or any variation of a pre-mixed shared source. It’s not safe, and it’s also gross.

Don’t be afraid to leave. When something feels not so right, trust your gut. It’s no big deal to leave if you’re not comfortable. There will be other parties. If your friends are good friends, they’ll understand, support, trust, and leave with you. If they don’t, they’re not good friends, but you should still grab a cab, uber, or call someone you trust to pick you up. Many universities offer free pickup services off-campus for college students. Check with your campus to see if you have this resource and save the number for the pickup service in your phone before you go out.

Carry a self-defense device

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Whether it’s pepper spray, a whistle, or a taser—it’s always wise to carry something you can use quickly and efficiently to defend yourself. All three of these devices are compact and easy to transport.

Lock your doors

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This may seem obvious, but it’s very easy to become relaxed in your living space (especially if you live on campus). Just remember that no matter how safe you feel in your home, it’s extremely important that you always keep your doors locked—better safe than sorry!

No one wants to live a life full of worry and distrust—relax and enjoy your college experience. Just remember to always have your safety in mind so you don’t end up like this guy:

Are you feeling the brash heat of summer yet? Though we’d all love to blast the AC 24/7 and put a fan in every room, you might regret doing so once you see your electric bill. Here are eight ways to stay cool this summer without breaking the bank:

1. Drink Water

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Drinking ice cold water will help maintain a low core temperature and will keep you nice and hydrated! Also, keep in mind that eating light foods such as raw veggies, fruit and fish will help to keep you cool as well. You can keep your produce and water chilled to perfection in your very own Door To Dorm fridge rental. There are several options to suit your space.

2. Catch a movie

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Movie theaters are usually well air-conditioned, and serve as a nice escape from the sun for a couple hours.

3. Go the beach, lake, river, springs, etc.

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In short, find a natural body of water and get in it (if it’s safe and legal to do so). Days like these are a great opportunity to pack a lunch and a cooler full of cold drinks and hang out with friends.

4. Wear light fabric and light colors

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Cotton and linen are your best bet when it comes to staying cool and avoiding sweat stains. Light colors will reflect the sun rather than absorb it they way dark colors do.

6. Freeze your pillowcase

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If you find that your home is still uncomfortably hot around bedtime, stick your pillowcase in your Door To Dorm refrigerator freezer for a few minutes. Never underestimate the power of sleeping on a nice, cool pillow.

7. Avoid using the oven

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A hot oven will heat up your home—summer is for grilling anyways. Have you ever tried grilled watermelon? It’s great, try it.

8. Keep your curtains closed

We know it sounds grim, but try to keep as much sunlight out of your living space as possible. The darker your home stays, the cooler it will be. Blackout curtains work best for keeping your home cool, while conserving energy.

When you’re a college student, summers can be a time to relax, adventure, and be with friends and family. On the other hand, summers can also be used as opportunities for hard work and saving up some cash. No matter how you choose to spend your summer, here are a few solid tips to make it the best one yet!

  1. Apply for a summer job/internship early in the summer

Some great job-hunting sites you may consider using, as you search for the perfect internship or job are Indeed, LinkedIn and ZipRecruiter—all of which have a mobile app as well. Before you start applying, make sure you have an updated and polished résumé as well as a neat and organized website showcasing projects you’ve done in the past. Wix and WordPress are great website building tools.

     2. The sooner you buy those plane tickets, the cheaper they’ll be

If you’re planning on going on a trip this summer, it’s best to choose the destination and buy tickets as soon as possible.  Once the tickets are purchased, you can start to plan the details of your trip (lodging, activities, etc.). Buying plane tickets as early in advance as possible is always a good idea, because the closer you get to the date of departure, the higher the price of the tickets will be. Also, be sure to conduct a thorough search of different airline sites to compare prices.

     3. Know what goes on in the hotel world

Even if you aren’t planning a trip anytime soon, staying up to date with hotel deals is always a good practice—why? Many prominent businesses in the travel industry host  flash sales throughout the year. These offer up a perfect opportunity to score discounted hotel rooms. Websites such as Expedia, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and Andrew Harper Travel all have periodic flash sales—all of which, on average, offer up to 35% off usual prices. Download one or each of these company’s apps and sign up for their newsletters! Do keep in mind that if you plan to take advantage of one of these sales, call the hotel you intend to book with beforehand and confirm that the deal is still valid.

     4. Make sure your belongings are stored somewhere safe, clean and secure

If you’re moving out of a dorm or apartment for the summer, you’ll want to store your furniture and other belongings in a facility that you can trust. Door To Dorm is a storage, shipping, and refrigerator rental company with affordable pricing and outstanding customer service. We serve over twenty universities in the northeast and provide students with the services they need. Here’s how it works: you pick your box sizes and we send them straight to your dorm or dorm hall along with all the necessary packing materials. Once you’re packed, Door To Dorm picks up your boxes and stores them in a centrally-located storage facility in New York. If you’re lucky enough to be graduating this semester, Door To Dorm will also ship your packed belongings to wherever you are going next!  

Independence Day in the states is full of cookouts, food trucks, music, and fireworks! On this day, families come together to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and our country’s freedom. You may already have plans for the fourth, but if you don’t and are going to be on the East Coast, it’s not to early to make some, listen up! Here are just a few things that will be going on:

1. Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Find a great view of the East River, get comfy, and watch the fireworks! The show lasts 30 minutes and over 60,000 fireworks are launched. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy the holiday the patriotic way!

2. NYC 4th of July Boat Party

If you’re looking for a more lively experience, you can watch the fireworks from a party boat! The Liberty Belle boat party will include an open bar, delicious food and a live DJ! You and your friends can get a perfect view of the fireworks as well as the beautiful New York skyline.

3. Sterling National Bank July 4th Fireworks Show

If you’re in Long Island, you may consider heading to Jones Beach with a few friends to watch a spectacular firework show set to an array of patriotic songs! The show begins at 9:30 PM, be sure to arrive early to ensure a good seat and avoid traffic delays.

4. Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Looking for some amusement and good food? Head to Coney Island to watch the annual hot dog eating contest hosted by Nathan’s Famous. The event will be held in front of Nathan’s Famous on the corner of Surf Avenue and Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island.

5. Cornwall 4th of July Celebration

This celebration will be a full day of festivities including a pie eating contest, pet show, crafts show, parade and (of course) fireworks! Get outside and join the community in celebrating our country and Cornwall’s 69th Annual Fourth of July Celebration. No matter how you choose to celebrate, the most important thing is to have fun, eat lots of watermelon (or hot dogs) and remember what it is to be an American!

Door To Dorm, owned and operated by Collegiate Storage and Rental, is celebrating 10 years of providing east coast students with a better on-campus living experience. We are proud to serve over twenty universities and colleges throughout the northeast, giving students access to affordable storage, shipping and rental services.

Alongside storage and shipping services, we also provide refrigerator rentals that are delivered directly to colleges as well as moving bin rental programs, dorm furniture installation, exhibition hall management, move in-move out logistics, and many other university-specialized services.

It has always been our philosophy that living away from home (most likely for the first time) shouldn’t be an unpleasant experience for students. Rather, it should be a fun and thrilling one. It is our mission here at Door to Dorm to make dorm life as easy as possible.

We are thrilled to be celebrating this 10 year mark, and we look forward to many more years of making students’ lives easier by providing them with the services they need.

To celebrate, we’re providing new, even more affordable pricing for storage products! Just pick your storage, place your order, pack up your stuff in the box(es) we provide and we’ll do the rest! You literally don’t even have to leave your room!

Studying can be the ultimate source of dread in a student’s life. Sitting down to focus on school work can be quite the challenge. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of ways you can make your studying experience more enjoyable.  Before you begin studying, it’s important to know the environment in which you work best, and try to create it.

Establish an award  

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Figure out an appropriate award to grant yourself once you’ve completed all your studying. This will implement a good source of motivation from the beginning, and give you something to look forward to. You can promise yourself video games, time with friends or maybe a yummy dinner from your favorite restaurant.   

Create a comfortable study space  

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Whether it be your bed, your desk, or the floor. Find the space where you would like to work and make it yours. Some students find they have an easier time focusing when they’re sitting at a desk or table, but others have no problem putting some pillows and blankets on the floor and studying that way. Whatever you choose, make sure it is comfortable space that you can spend long periods of time in.  

Put on some classical music

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Okay, it doesn’t have to be classical music, but it has been known to help listeners relax and create a meditative atmosphere. Another benefit of classical music is that it doesn’t have lyrics, which helps you focus on your studying materials instead of what the music is saying. If Mozart and Bach are not your cup of tea, pick another genre that you know won’t distract you while you study and puts you in a good mood. Maybe lyricless trap beats?

Take breaks

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Be sure to take a fifteen-minute break every hour or so. Let your brain decompress. Take a power nap or grab a snack from your mini fridge. Take your snack outside and get some fresh air, call your parent and tell them you love them, do some stretching and let your mind be completely clear for a few minutes. You’ll find that once you return to your studying, you will feel refreshed and ready to take in even more knowledge.  

Keep the benefits in mind

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If you start to get agitated or discouraged as you’re studying, try to keep in mind that you’re learning something new, and that’s fantastic! All knowledge is power in the long run, and even if you don’t realize it now, you’ll be better off in the future for having taken the time to understand the subject you’re studying, or at the least learning how to persevere when you find a subject less than exciting.  Plus, you’re going to pass that exam!

You realize you need some help paying your rent while you go to school. Where do you start?

Inner Circle

To find a college roommate, start off by asking anyone you know if they need a place a to stay, or if they know anyone else that needs a place to stay. It is easier to deal with people who are already a part of your social circle. A social media post prompting interested parties to private message you for details is a great way to get this done- just make sure not to post pictures or your address publically.

Low-key marketing

If noone you know is currently looking for a place to stay, try reaching out to fellow students on your college campus. You can do this by printing out flyers with the necessary information for potential renters, and posting them on cork boards in different buildings. Microsoft Word has a template called “flyer with tear-off tabs” which is perfect for this purpose. Be sure to contact your Campus Activities department to find out where you are allowed to post flyers, otherwise they may be taken down by cleaning staff.

While you’re posting flyers, keep an eye out for other people seeking a new roommate. You may find their flyers on the same cork boards.  People seeking roommates can also post an ad on Craigslist. It is easier to hide your personal information this way, but it also means that your advertisement can be seen by people outside of your campus—it can be seen by anyone.

What To Look For

So, you found someone who is interested in being your roommate. It’s time to vet them and vise versa. Set up an interview to get to know each other more and discuss expectations. When it comes to favorable qualities in a roommate, it is important to find someone who is cooperative, easy for you to get along with and can communicate effectively to avoid misunderstandings.

It is not necessary to find a roommate who is currently attending college, but a fellow student or someone who has been to college will understand the weird schedule you’re dealing with and how you’ll need quiet time to study and do course work.

Get The Logistics Right

Having your roommate sign a leasing agreement with you and your landlord is 100% necessary. This will help you avoid dealing with eviction issues with your landlord in case your roommate is being disruptive and/or not helping pay for their half of the rent. Roommates who are not on a lease are potentially dangerous, because if something goes wrong and your landlord gets dragged into it, everyone could be evicted, instead of just your troublesome roommate.


Becoming Sympatico

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Now that you’ve found a roommate who signed the necessary paperwork, here are three important tips for getting along with them:

  1. Keep shared spaces clean. Try your best to keep your belongings secluded to your space and respect your roommate’s space. This is where that interview discussion comes into play. You should have discussed expectations for cleanliness in your shared spaces- maybe you have mapped out a chore schedule and now it’s all about sticking to it.
  2. If you find yourself having to take an early morning class, make sure you wake up to your alarm and turn it off. Don’t make your roommate suffer through your perpetual hitting of the snooze button.
  3. Don’t stay up with the lights on studying all night. If you absolutely have to pull an all-nighter, there are usually study spaces in the lobbies of dorm halls and there’s a good chance you can access your campus library at any hour of the night with a student ID. Let your roommate sleep in peace.

Resolving Conflict

Try your best to be a shining example of a good roommate at all times. Hopefully, this will encourage your bad roommate into being better.

When it comes to addressing a difficult roommate, it is important to communicate clearly and early. Voice your expectations of behavior and establish boundaries from the very beginning, that way everyone understands what is expected of them and they are not surprised or indignant about any incidents.  Do not assume your roommate already knows what bothers you and what doesn’t- they won’t unless you tell them.

Make sure to explain to your roommate how certain behaviors affect you in order to demonstrate why it is important for them to adhere to your requests—but always be open to compromisation. Never conduct conversations in a passive aggressive manner and always refrain from any form of abuse.


College is expensive, which is why it’s important to find easy ways to save or make a little extra cash. In the age of the internet it is easier than ever to find opportunities to grow your savings fund, or what we like to call, your “fun money” fund.

Ibotta

Ibotta is a smart phone application that allows users to make a grocery shopping list and match it to rebates offered by stores near them, they can then make a list of rebate offers and go shopping with that list. Once users finish shopping, they can upload their receipt using the ibotta app and are rewarded with either money on PayPal, Venmo or a gift card. Users can make back hundreds of dollars a year with ibotta.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a website that prompts users to create an account and then complete tasks such as filling out online surveys, watching videos and shopping online. They get paid back in points on the site that can be redeemed for gift cards to retail outlets.

Door To Dorm Ambassador Program

Get paid to refer your friends to Door To Dorm. Here is how it works:

You can apply to be an ambassador by clicking here.

Wrapify

Wrapify is a good application for car owners, especially those working as drivers for a ride sharing application like Lyft or Uber. To use Wrapify,  users sign up through the app and give details about where they drive and how long they drive for. Wrapify then offers drivers car decals for companies that want to advertise on your car. Payment is processed through direct deposit and increases the more you drive in specific locations and the more decals are on your car.

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Amazon Mechanical Turk offers online gigs for users to complete in exchange for money. While most gigs don’t pay a lot and their payment is not guaranteed, it is an easy way to get spare cash for filling out surveys and transcribing audio.

We hope you enjoy these hacks. Go forth and make it rain!!!!

Whisper has some pretty crazy confessions from people posting anonymously. Here are a few we found on their website about college life.

1. The Matchmaking Professor
If you ever wanted a real-life cupid, this professor has your back.

2. lim ax = a lim x=?
“College is hard,” said every student ever. This student found a hack, that we don’t condone, but it worked out for them.

3. Unprofessional Professor
Um…… We’ll just let you read it.

4. Chemicals Are Dangerous
This science professor might have  seemed a little out there, but who would have guessed that this was why?

5. Breakups Are Tough
We’ve all secretly been there…

6. Shy Guy Problems 
You’re supposed to learn stuff and flirt? Navigating college is a journey.

7. Resident Advisor
Wow, that took an unexpected turn!

8. It’s Like Watching a Dog Walk On Its Hind Legs!
Janis Ian from Mean Girls described the situation favorably, but have you ever stopped to think what it’s like for professors when you run into them outside of class?

9. The Introvert’s Secret Weapon
This is a nifty trick when you’re trying to get to class and not feeling particularly loquacious on the way there.

10. Watch out for that…
This may have cost a pretty penny, but it seems like it turned out to be worth it! We wonder how it turned out for the pole.