THE ESSENTIALS NEEDED FOR AN ON-CAMPUS LIFESTYLE:​ ROOM DECOR FOR YOUR DORM

Hey guys! As I’m starting to write more and more about home decor and we’re getting close to that particular time of year when the majority of you all go back to school/university, I thought an on-campus essentials post would be perfect to help you all out with starting the school season right! The fall time can be a stressful time, especially if it includes moving to a new space or living in a new environment… So I thought ‘even though I don’t go to school anymore (read my story on why I left HERE), how can I be helpful to those that do’? And that’s where the idea for this list came about. By the way, I won’t include furniture, only decor, and basic essentials. There are a lot of other things I would have loved to include but it would make the post too long so let me know if you would be interested in reading the second part of this selection. Without further ado, here are the items I chose!
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To start off my list here’s something practical and very useful that I adore: thermos bottles! They’re the best to keep a drink cold for the longest time. Whether you’re in class, at work or on a long car ride it will save your life. It’s an absolute essential to me and steel/metal thermos are much better for your health than plastic bottles (and they last longer too). So invest in a good one you love, to ensure that you’ll be using it for years! Here are my two favorite bottles, a pastel purple and a marine aesthetic one to remind you of the summer and seaside all year long!
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1. S’well Thermos – Purple Garnet – $35.00
2. S’well Thermos – Marine – $35.00 (SOLD OUT)
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On to some of my favorite mugs! I included different styles of mugs to try and accommodate to all your different styles! After scrolling through the internet and finding my personal favorite ones, I found even more cute ones and loads of adorable and cozy-looking ones! Mugs are essential and are such a cute way to decorate your room, for example, I always store my makeup brushes in them! If you don’t want to use them for decorative purposes, remember that a tea can solve any heartache and a coffee can aid any a headache!
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3. Urban Outfitters – Elephant Tea Mug – $16.00
4. Urban Outfitters – Graphic Mug Sloth – $10.00
5. John Lewis- Bunny Mug 330ml Pink – £6.00
6. John Lewis – Sara Miller Chelsea Collection Birds Mug, 340ml, Green – £15.00
7. John Lewis – Alice Scott Yellow Pineapple Mug, Yellow/Multi, 400ml – £12.00
8. John Lewis – Alice Scott Pink Palms Mug, Green/Pink, 400ml – £12.00
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Now onto polaroids! Polaroids are the best and honestly the most aesthetic means of putting your friends and family into your bedroom. They’re so much more original and cuter than regular pictures. To me, these two ways are the best way to show or hang them; with firefly string lights or in an album photo frame. You can turn your pictures into polaroids with a tiny portable printer made by Fujifilm called Instax Share Polaroid printer. A lot of online websites fabricate similar machine as well!
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9. Urban Outfitters – Photo Clip Firefly String Lights – $20.00
10. Urban Outfitters – Mini Instax Acrylic Album Photo Frame – $16.00
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As mentioned in my last Home Deco post, posters are essential to me. They can turn a white boring room into something edgy, bohemian or even feminine -posters are also the only big decorations which don’t involve a lot of commitment to a particular vibe, as you can always easily change or take down a poster! Vibes that might be interesting for your dorm room could be beachy and Californian-loon or rocker-chic! You can find posters really anywhere you look (your local newspaper store should even have some cheaper ones) but here are two posters that I personally adore, one of Lady Gaga and another one of the Rolling Stones. These two both come from Urban Outfitters but Society6 also has a ton of beautiful ones.
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11. Urban Outfitters – Lady Gaga Poster – $10.00
12. Urban Outfitters – The Rolling Stones Poster – $10.00
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Another thing that I included in my last home deco post (FIVE URBAN OUTFITTERS HOME DECOR ITEMS UNDER $20 link HERE), are faux cactus which make for the perfect finish to a desk or a bedside table! Also as they are fake, they can supply you with all the appearance benefits but won’t tie you down to any sort of long-term commitment, in other words, you won’t have to take care of it! My favorite one that I’ve seen so far is from Urban Outfitters but I’m sure your local gardening store will have similar options!
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13. Urban Outfitters – 6” Concrete Potted Faux Cactus – $14.00
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As a student, you obviously need an agenda, but whether you prefer having it on your phone or in a classic paper notebook (like me) is up to you. Regardless of which option you choose, you are going to need a place to write down your schedule and upcoming assignments. Here are my three favorite agendas that I found in Indigo (where I always buy my agendas in August in Montreal). From $5 to $26 here are my favorite aesthetically-pleasing and practical agendas that will keep you company all year long!
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14. Kate Spade New York – Month Kate Spade New York Large Planner Floral – $5.00
15. Pierre Belvedere – Academic Agenda Black Marble – $22.99
16. Ban. Do – Academic Ban. Do Classic Agenda Very Busy Black – $26.00
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Moving on, pillows are only inevitably essentials for a new room, especially if you want to use this practical item as a decoration… Why not kill two birds with one stone and buy items that look amazing and that are so comfy? I found two really cute white soft pillows from Urban Outfitters but I’m sure you’re all capable of finding many, many more options! Choose a style that feels nice to lie on and get shopping! If you manage to match the pillows with some colors in your room, you’re on the right path for some beautiful uses of symmetry!
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17. Urban Outfitters Pillow- Marisa Tipped Faux Fur Pillow in Cream – $59.00
18. Urban Outfitters Pillow – More Love Crochet Throw Pillow – $59.00
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And there you go, that brings me to the end of my list! Of course, you’ll need a lot more stuff to fully complete your room including basic furniture etc but at least I thought these items would help with creating some sort of basis, some sort of starting point! If you want to wait a while before investing in some of the above, refer to them as fancy finishing touches! Trust me, they will help create a comfortable environment in your new home and will set a good vibe for you and your potential room-mate. Remember, the easiest and probably most private way to express your personality on a large scale is through your room!
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Hope you enjoyed this post!
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As always, sending you all lots of LOVE,
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Tiffany Lea x
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Remember to leave a comment down below if you would like to see more home decor posts! Also, should I establish the on-campus decoration post into a mini-series? Do you want to see more of this specific post? Let me know!

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Hi, my name is Tiffany Lea. I'm a globetrotter and blogger. I posted every 2 to 3 days about everything ranging from events to travel to movies & tv shows to fashion...! Join me on all my adventures around the world! Instagram: @tiffanyzimmy

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