December, believe it or not, is next week! For many, that means the long-awaited date for early decision or early action letters is just around the corner. Once you know where you're going to college, there are a few things you can do to start planning. First, be sure and connect with the school's Facebook page for your class. Many find their future roommate through this Facebook page. Find out everything you can about the freshmen dorms. The Housing or Residence Life pages provide a lot of great information, including size of beds.
While it may be too early to plan specifics for your dorm room, you can be thinking about things like colors, fabrics, and patterns. Start browsing websites for dorm decor ideas. American Made Dorm & Home has bedding, accent pillows, bed skirts, rugs, and accessories for the dorm (and home bedding as well, in the event you've chosen to live in an apartment) with some great ideas to kick-start your planning. We love this dorm room planning checklist, too. It's free and printable. Here's a shout out to Endless May for publishing all these free printables for the walls (decorating can really add up, so find all you can that's free, or DIY!). Wall Pops makes great peel and stick wall "art" that can really liven up the room (see the cute polka dots in the photo above). Don't forget what a difference a little creative lighting can make, as shown below.
Many schools will allow you to choose your dorm (some ask for 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice) and you'll want to look at the different options and decide your preferences. Do you want substance-free living? A Learning Themed Dorm (Academic, Cultural, or Lifestyle Themes)? An "all girls" or "all guys" dorm? On so many. campuses, you can choose an older building or new construction. We love that the older buildings often offer larger rooms with more character. You can learn a lot about your future-home-to-be online. Things like air conditioning (or not), carpeting or hardwood or laminated floors, what's allowed and what's not can be found in the residential hall sections on the schools' websites. If you can go back and visit, plan a day to revisit the school and freshmen dorms. If you know someone there, see if you can meet up and look at some lived-in rooms for dorm and space planning ideas.
Check out Pinterest for a million more ideas. Above all, take your time and have fun planning!