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Is dorm life right for you? Before choosing student residence, consider your options. Sometimes moving to college is the only decision, but there are ways to save money -- even in on-campus housing.

  • Picking a College

    Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on June 29, 2010

    Choosing a college is a big decision. The school you go to could have a significant impact on the rest of your life. It's also a major investment of time and money. Just as with any investment, this is one you shouldn't enter into lightly. Before committing, you should do a...

  • Choosing a Dorm

    Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on June 29, 2010

    You may not get the chance to choose your dorm if you live on campus, but if you do here is some helpful advice on how to choose the right dorm for you.

  • Connecting With Your Roommate

    Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on June 29, 2010

    It may be tough to bond with your college roommate during your first semester. Here are some tips on how to connect with your roommate to make it a great experience for you both.

  • Student Housing Options

    Jenna Farmer  Posted by Jenna Farmer on April 9, 2013

    Are you looking for a place to live while you're at college? Whether home or away, this guide will tell you what options are available to you so you can find the right fit for you.

  • Making Sure Everything is in Order

    Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on June 29, 2010

    College might be the first time you're living on your own. Read on for tips on making sure that everything you'll need for school is squared away from bills, meal plans, housing and registering for classes!

  • Dorms vs. Off-Campus Housing

    Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on June 29, 2010

    If you go away to college you might have the option to choose on-campus or off-campus housing. Read on for more information about the differences between them.

  • Finding Off-Campus Housing

    Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on June 29, 2010

    Off-campus living: for many, it's a big step toward adulthood. You'll be living on your own and responsible for rent, utilities, and cleaning. Along with those responsibilities comes a great deal of freedom, but before you can take advantage of that freedom, you've actually got...

  • Living in a Fraternity or Sorority

    Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on June 29, 2010

    Thinking of living in a fraternity or sorority? This guide will help prepare you for what you can expect if you choose to live in a fraternity or sorority.

  • Finding a Moving Company

    Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on June 29, 2010

    Need help finding a moving company for your college move? This guide has all the information you'll need to help you leave the nest and to the college of your choice.

  • What to Bring to College

    Sean McClain  Posted by Sean McClain on June 29, 2010

    In all the excitement of moving to college you might not realized everything you'll need to bring with you. This guide will help you figure out what essentials you'll need while at school.

  • What Not to Bring to College

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 29, 2010

    Moving to college? You won't want to bring your entire bedroom with you. This guide will help you avoid the added clutter in your dorm room and tell you what you should be able to do without.

  • Dorm-Safe Appliances

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 29, 2010

    While not all colleges allow the same items, some appliances are approved for dorm rooms. This guide will detail which items are generally allowed and which ones are not.

  • Money and College

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 29, 2010

    Heading off to college can be a big change. For a lot of people, it's the closest they've ever been to living on their own and having to be self-sufficient. One of the things required to be self-sufficient in this world is, of course, money. Before you get to school,...

  • Preparing for College Life

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 29, 2010

    College life is different from almost any other kind of life. There is structure, to be sure, but not in the way you have experienced in the past or are likely to experience in the future. In a way, you are given a lot of "free time," but it is up to you to use it wisely...

  • Grad Vs. Undergrad Moving

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 29, 2010

    There are many differences between moving as an undergraduate student and as a graduate student. This guide will explain the differences between them and what you should expect.

  • Move-In Day

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 29, 2010

    Moving day is stressful no matter where you're moving to and from. This guide will give you information on how to make it easier to move in to college.

  • How Students Can Save Money When Moving to College

    Jodie Andrefski  Posted by Jodie Andrefski on January 24, 2013

    Students have enough things to worry about—passing Organic Chemistry, pledging the right sorority, figuring out how to fit all their super-awesome stuff into a dorm room that must have been designed for elves. Confused thoughts about how to get their belongings from home to...

  • Apartment Hunting Tips for College Students

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on February 20, 2013

    Get all the tips and advice you'll need for your next apartment hunt as a college student including finding one in your budget, finding movers and other tips.

  • Should You Go Away to College?

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on June 20, 2013

    This question lingers on the minds of all potential college students throughout their later high school years-- should I go away to college? There are a variety of factors that can contribute to your decision, including money, family, friends and a burning desire for...

  • Finding Housing for Grad School

    Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on August 13, 2013

    Graduate student housing isn't the same as when you're an undergraduate. This guide will help you figure out what to expect when trying to find housing as a graduate student.

  • How to Deal With Anxiety When Going Away to College

    Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on August 14, 2013

    Moving to college is intimidating and can cause panic in many people. Learn how to cope with the anxiety of moving away to college with the tips in this guide.

  • Things You Shouldn't Forget to Bring to College

    Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on November 19, 2013

    When moving to college it can be easy to get swept up in the entire affair and forget important things behind. Read on for the most important things you'll need to remember!

  • Essential Items to Pack for Your Dorm

    Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on August 19, 2014

    Moving into a do rm is exciting--leaving your parents' home and living on your own comes with newfound independence and freedom. It also means packing the right stuff to ensure your transition is smooth and comfortable. Check out this checklist of essential items to pack for...

  • Thoughts You Have About Spring Break

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on March 10, 2015

    After a couple months of hitting the books, acing exams and sleepless nights, spring break is welcomed with open arms by all students. A week of fun in the sun (if you're lucky enough to go somewhere) or a week on the couch with Netflix is often well-deserved. It doesn't matter...

  • Gifts for Every College Freshman

    Ana M. Ferrer  Posted by Ana M. Ferrer on June 18, 2015

    Whether its your sibling, friend or even yourself, there's going to be someone in your life that is headed off to college for the first time. If you're headed to any graduation parties this year and at a loss for what to give, try one of these gifts that every college freshman...

  • Dorm Essentials Checklist

    Monica DuFour  Posted by Monica DuFour on May 18, 2016

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