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When traveling to visit friends and relatives during the holiday break, or moving between semesters, many travelers are exposed to other people’s germs, especially in busy areas such as:

  • airports
  • train stations 
  • bus terminals 
  • taxis 
  • …basically any public transit!

So what does that mean for you? When exposed to a widespread of germs, or bacteria, your chances of getting sick are at an all-time high, (and we all know that getting sick is literally the W-O-R-S-T). Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help lower your chances of getting sick while traveling back home for the holidays.

Look, But Don’t Touch

Remember that hard surfaces such as stainless steel or plastic will retain viruses for 48 hours after contact. Airport gate counters, fast food tables, toilet handles, armrests on chairs, kiosk screens, handrails and especially the trays used in TSA security are all hot spots for bacteria, or germs to build up, contracting many illnesses. 

Some tips to prevent catching an illness would be to:

  1. Book an early morning flight, because planes are cleaned more thoroughly. 
  2. Bring your own pillow + blanket, (and make sure to wash them once you’re home)! Check out this neck pillow that’s affordable & machine washable!
  3. Try to avoid touching those hot spots mentioned above.
  4. If you do touch them, wash your hands frequently. 
  5. Always carry a travel safe hand sanitizer (<3.4 oz) or antibacterial wipes. 
  6. Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, or
  7. Wear a mouth mask to protect you from inhaling any bacteria, as inhaling is the main way your body is exposed to germs.
  8. Keep your immune system up while traveling by drinking plenty of H20 + taking your vitamins.

Winter breaks are a perfect time to spend with your loved ones and eat yummy home-cooked meals. If you’re planning to bring back any food from your trip home, read our last blog post on which food items are TSA approved!

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  

Clubs, comic book, door to dorm

  • 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

clubs, acapella, door to dorm

  • 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

clubs, music, meisa, door to dorm

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

clubs, meditation, door to dorm

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


Columbia University

clubs, yarn, door to dorm

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

clubs, step, door to dorm

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!


Enter to win a beach party prize pack!

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.

The 2 lucky runners up will receive a buy one, get one Chipotle burrito card, a Fair Harbor hat, a pool float by Intex and a $100 Gift Card to doortodorm.com!

We wish you luck!

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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. 


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.


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.

October is spooky, and we’re not just talking about Halloween. You know what we’re talking about – it’s midterm season. Most college students dread this part of the semester. Your week might be filled with sleepless nights, followed by upset stomachs from all the junk you’ve been munching on during study hours. Unfortunately, most students mistakenly eat or drink the wrong foods during midterms. Sweet and salty treats will usually lead to stomach issues, especially if over-eaten. We’re here to help you find the best snacks and meals to properly fuel you and your brain up for midterms!

Did you know that certain foods can affect your exam performance? Your brain literally needs vitamin-dense foods to create the energy that will make your work more efficient. Eating the right food for your brain will decrease fogginess and fatigue. According to the BBC, eating a balanced diet can help you focus, which will lead to more efficient studying, and overall academic performance.

Click here to read more from BBC on which foods can have a positive affect on your brain. Aside from food, it’s also important to give your body plenty of rest and hydrate with lots of H20.

So, what foods you should try to stay away from?

  • Sugars
  • Processed foods (chips, fast food, frozen foods, etc.)
  • Caffeine (soda, energy drinks, coffee, etc.)

We know it seems impossible to make gourmet inspired meals in a dorm room, let alone tasty ones. Luckily, with the help of your MicroChill®, you’ll be able to accept the challenge!


If your exam is in the morning, you’ll want a yummy breakfast filled with slow releasing carbs which can be found in whole grains. Our go to would be granola or oatmeal, which can be made right in your microwave! Here’s a tasty recipe for a homemade granola from Real Mom Kitchen. We love this recipe because it can be eaten with milk or yogurt as a breakfast, or eaten by itself as a healthy snack on the go. Perfect for those college students running late to an exam, just toss some in your backpack and snack on the way!


If your exam is at night, we have the perfect pre-exam dinner option for you: Salmon. Fish is jam packed with Omega-3’s and protein which is amazing for brain health and concentration. This recipe from Healthy Aperture should do the trick, complete this tasty dish with some steamed broccoli or carrots and you’ve got yourself a healthy meal filled with iron and fibre. The great thing about all of these dishes is they can all be made right in the comfort of your dorm room!


Here are two great snack you can prep for the week of mid-terms.

Kale Chips 

Don’t be afraid of vegetables! Kale is a super food you’ll want to incorporate into your diet, and this leafy green tastes even better crispy! Here’s a quick and easy recipe you’ve got to try.

Dark Chocolate Bark with cranberry, pistachios and pecans. 

Not only does dark chocolate taste delicious, but it also has many benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. Adding nuts and dried fruit is a great and healthy addition. Here’s the recipe!



Being a college student is a tough job in itself, for some it’s hard to have any time to pick up a part time job on the side. So, what can you do to make some money while in college? We have the perfect solution, an easy and fun way for you to earn some extra cash to fill up your pockets this semester: become a student Ambassador for Door To Dorm.

Nobody can tell the Door To Dorm story better than the students who use our services. Send your friends a 10% off Door To Dorm coupon and earn $20 for each one that signs up to use Door To Dorm’s service.

How it works:

We pick six students per university. We supply you with everything you need – flyers and digital graphics. We’ll even drop off printed promotional material to you so you don’t have to print it out yourself! You become the expert on our services, and encourage your friends to use Door To Dorm.

Feel free to get creative by making YouTube videos, sharing Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram posts, and any other ways you think you’ll be able to connect with your friends. Some of the most creative Ambassadors also have a chance to be featured on our social media pages and/website!

Earn extra cash in three easy steps:

Step 1 – Tell your friends about Door To Dorm. You get credit for all orders coming from your claimed dorm.

Step 2 – Your friend signs up and receives a 10% Door To Dorm coupon.

Step 3 – You earn $20 as soon as your friend spends at least $100. Refer 10 friends & receive your next storage or rental from Door To Dorm for free!

Need extra information? Contact us, we’ll be more than happy to talk you through the process and get you signed up! Call us on our toll free number: 1-800-883-8281 or shoot us an email us at orders@doortodorm.com.

Click here to apply for your student ambassador position.

Brace yourselves: college is coming. So what does that mean for you, an incoming freshman? This means that you should enjoy your summer vacation and current lifestyle. Take in what it’s like to live at home, because sooner or later you’re going to miss it.

Things you’ll miss now that you’re in college:

  1. Mom’s cooking, or direct access to food in general — i.e. the kitchen just down the hall from your room. Enjoy all those warm home cooked meals now, and show gratitude to mom for serving you dinner AND dessert. It may not seem like a big deal now, but dessert in college is a bag of M&M’s you bought from a vending machine with change you managed to scrounge up… Luckily, Collegiate offers combo packages for fridge and microwave rentals. You can make some pretty tasty dorm room meals with these fun recipes. Your new roommate will definitely be impressed!
  2. Fresh Laundry. Now is a good time to learn how to do laundry. Once you go off to college there won’t be VIP laundry services available in your dorm room. No more arriving to your room with freshly folded clothes sitting atop your perfectly made bed. On that same note, you might want to start saving those quarters!
  3. Privacy (if you don’t have siblings, then you know what this word is). For those of us who have any privacy back home, enjoy it while it lasts. Depending on the size of your dorm room, you’re going to have to share all that space with your roommate. You might want to invest in a room divider, or try making one yourself! As for the bathroom situation, don’t get us started…
  4. Multi-Tasking. If you think high school was busy, you haven’t seen anything yet. Between going to class, homework, clubs and organizations, sleep and friends, you’ll definitely have to learn how to prioritize your time. Say goodbye to the days where you could fit everything into one day. We’ll just leave this right here… Obviously you should select the two more important choices.
  5. The sweet, unconditional love you receive from your pet(s). Be sure to soak up all the fuzzy cuddles, sloppy kisses and playtime sessions from your beloved pets now. You might not get any of that for a few solid months, but don’t fret. Your furry pal will be just as happy to see you when winter break comes!

Okay, we realize that you’re probably traumatized by now, and possibly dreading the fall semester.  But it’s not all that bad. In fact, it’s actually going to be one of the BEST experiences of your life. And although you might miss a few things from back home, you’re going to gain a whole lot more than the five listed above. You should probably still go give mom (and pet) a big hug right now anyway!