Tips for Your Residence Room

Posted by Sunera on August 11, 2014

On-board to York

The average room size of an undergraduate residence is 110 square feet at YorkU. The room comes furnished with a single/twin-sized bed, lamp, desk, chair, dresser, closet and garbage bin. Students do supply their own linens. You can rent a refrigerator or you can buy your own. Keeping this framework in mind, generate ideas on how you can create more space, while giving your room the unique touch of style that represents you. Move in date for new students is Septpillows wordember 1st, and for current students; September 2nd. Why not spend some time generating ideas to decorate your dorm room and compiling a list of things that you should bring along. Be sure to also check out the Undergraduate residence FAQ page.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Mirrors: Adding mirrors to a small room can really open up space.  Mirrors give the illusion of a bigger room and add great style.

Decorative pillows: This detail is often over looked but when done properly decorative pillows can really add a whole new dimension to the setting of any space.

Under-the-bed storage bins: Clutter has been proven to add stress. Declutter your living space by using under the bed storages to keep clutter and storage bins out of sight.

Rug: Add a rug to give your room a burst of colour to create a more inviting space.

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Posters: Bring your posters to life by using washi tape. You can coordinate colours to create borders around your posters that will revamp your entire room.

Extra seating: Add a floor cushion or two for a cozy space, and additional seating when you invite friends over.

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Folding chairs: For a more compact option try folding chairs. These chairs take less space, can be neatly folded, and tucked away.

Pencil holders: DIY pencil holders are a creative way to keep your stationery organized while giving your room a spark of creative décor.

Colour scheme: Coordinate with your roommate to avoid inharmonious colours. You can contrast various colour palettes to pull together a uniformed look.

Wall Decal: Wall decals look very elegant and are easy to peel. Best of all, the adhesive doesn’t leave any residue so when you are moving out you can easily take the Decal off. This can be an expensive piece of detail, so be sure to look around for deals!

Tips: Some other helpful things that you may want to bring along.

Spices: You may also want to bring some spices to add to your food to change things up a little bit.

Emergency Kit: How about a first-aid kit with  band-aids and Tylenol and other medicines for emergencies.

Shower Shoes: (Didn’t think of this one, did you?) You wouldn’t want to be going in to the shower bare feet, would you?

Tupperware: For left-overs that you may want to pack.

Umbrella: For some shelter on those rainy days.

Cutlery and Mugs: Some extra forks, spoons, a traveler coffee mug, and some glasses.

Important Documents: University documents you have received to-date (including your residence room  information.)

Are you preparing for your living arrangements? Share your tips below!

Till next time…



Sunera graduated from York University in May, 2016 with an Honours BA in Work and Labour Studies.

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