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Living in a dorm is a brand new experience for most people. It can be daunting and a bit overwhelming at times, but for the most part it is a very valuable and important part of the college lifestyle. With that being said, it is vital that your dorm room is the most comfortable it can be. After two years of living in a dorm, here are some of my tips to make your room as comfortable as possible.

Have a Fan, or Two

Entering school in early September will mean that the days and nights are going to be hot, really hot. Although the dorms are nice, they do not have air conditioning. So bringing a fan is essential. I recommend one that oscillates, so you can have some air circulation around the entire room. On top of this, having a fan that you can place in front of the window is essential as well, so you can either air out your room or let some of the fresh air in.

Mattress Topper

I will be the first to admit that the mattresses provided by UMass are not the most comfortable. Sure, some students do not have any trouble sleeping on them, but I knew I needed something to go on top of it. Having a mattress topper made sleeping at night much more easier, and it wasn’t even that big of a hassle to bring in.


The desks at UMass have built-in lighting which can be very nice, but having your own lamp doesn’t hurt. Some of the lighting in dorm rooms are different than others, so you really don’t know how it is going to be until you get there. Having adequate lighting is important to get your work done, and it also livens up the room significantly.


Some of the rooms are carpeted, while others have tile flooring. I have had both types of room, but both times I had a rug in each of my dorm rooms. Having a rug gives the room a touch of character and also it actually helps a lot when it comes to dusty floors and such. You can easily clean a rug by smacking it a few times outside, and it will be as good as new.

Air Fresheners

Having an air freshener plugged in or sitting on your desk will definitely be one of those things you didn’t know you needed but are glad to have. Walking into my dorm room and having a pleasant smell in the air made the room seem a lot bigger than it really is. Not many students even think about having some, so your dorm will stand out!



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