Residence Hall Style Tips

Meredith College Move-In Day is Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. This week, to help the incoming Class of 2016 prepare, our summer series of student advice will feature topics related to residence life.

Meredith’s Office of Admissions asked a group of rising sophomores, juniors and seniors share insights on Move-In Day, what to pack, and how to decorate in a residence hall.

Today’s question is: “What are some of your best residence hall style tips?”

•“You and your roommates bedspreads do not have to match, but you should talk to see if they at least coordinate. Also, command strips are your best friend. They hang everything from posters to frames to hooks to hold all of your stuff. Also, just make your room your own. You will living there for almost a year, but remember you can change it.”—Elizabeth Oates, '13

•“Do what makes you happy. For me, it was brights, history, and yellow! You can try again, and keep adding to the walls as you go along. FYI: there is a poster sale the first couple of days of school that has great stuff!”—Hannah Thornton, ’14

•“I really liked the storage ottomans that people had. People kept dishes/snacks in them and it was really convenient for extra seating as well. Bring pictures from home as well as it can help you adjust.”—Mary Rawls, ’13

•“Make it your own! It does not matter if your roommate’s stuff and your stuff do not match. My side of the room was yellow and gray and my roommate’s was turquoise and purple, and we loved it! It was nice being able to look at each other’s side and see our personality showing through it. Why not show everyone that walks into your room exactly who you are? Don’t focus on making both sides of the room match, unless of course it is by accident or if it is exactly what you wanted to do.”—Melissa de Leon, '14

•“If you know your roommate beforehand try to color coordinate. If not, you can color coordinate your side of the room. Bring posters and pictures to brighten up your side and make it feel homier. Don’t be afraid to bring touches of home.”—Angel Jackson, ’13

•“A lot of students in Poteat bought cute colored fabric to hang up on the giant cork board over their beds. Monograms are very popular among Meredith students. Coordinating colors with your roommate also helps make the room inviting. I wouldn’t necessarily choose the same colors, but colors that complement one another.”--Chloë Williams, ’13

•“Bring things that will make the room special for you. The last thing you want is a room that doesn’t make you feel at home.”--Shelby Wilson, ’14

•“Bring things to put on your wall; you want it to be homey. Team up with your roommate, and bring the fridge, and she can bring the TV. You don’t need as much stuff as you think you do. Also, those clear, rolling drawers will be your best friends. You can keep everything organized in them.”—Sara Owens, ’15

•“Bring stuff you love and are familiar with. New stuff can be great and fun but you are living in that room and it makes it feel more like home if you bring things from home.” –Rebecca Jernigan, ‘13

•“Add your personal touch to your room, making your side unique and distinct from your roommate's. Don't worry about compromising over color schemes and designs if you aren't privy to your roommate's style. You will end up having to spend more money for the following year buying items to fit a different design. With that in mind, pick a color scheme and design that will grow with you so that you won't have to buy all new dorm accessories in a few years when your taste has changed.” --Christa Allen, ’15

Next question: “What is one thing you wish you had brought to college that you didn’t when you moved in at Meredith?”

Contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-MEREDITH.

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