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How often should you dust your dorm room?

Dust is made up of dead skin cells, pollen, mold, bacteria, lead, arsenic, pesticides and decomposing fibers from the things around us. It's gross, and you shouldn't let it go unchecked. But how often do you really need to dust your dorm?

Dorms: Can you get athlete’s foot from the dorm shower?

You're not going to like the answer. You're also not going to like what can happen if this creeping crud goes untreated.

How often should you clean your dorm room?

You know you need to free your messy dorm room of laundry monsters and really old pizza boxes. But you haven't. So instead we will ask this more pressing question: How long can you get away with not cleaning your room?

10 Spots in the Dorm Bathroom Everyone Forgets to Clean

The toilet handle. The light switch. These are places in the bathroom we forget to clean. And in a dorm bathroom used by lots of people, leaving these forgotten areas dirty can be damaging to your health. What else should be added to the list?

How to Keep Your Dorm Room Clean (Without Annoying Your Roommate)

In college you might be unlucky enough to live with him or her – the slobby roommate. Or you might be the "relaxed" one, forced to live with an annoying neat freak. How can the two of you coexist happily?

10 Tips for Surviving Communal Bathrooms

It's a jungle in there. Especially when sharing a bathroom with a bunch of people. Follow these basic etiquette and personal hygiene tips and you just might live to tell the tale of your shared bathroom experience.

Should you worry about getting sick from the dorm bathroom?

Sure, it's nausea-inducing to imagine the insidious germs that slink around a communal shower or crowd the toilet handle of a shared bathroom. But as far as germs go, is a dorm bathroom really any worse than your computer keyboard?

Should you keep your toiletries in your dorm room?

You know the mantra for the Navy SEALs that says, "Leave no man behind"? When you're heading for the showers in your dorm, leave no flip-flop behind.

How to Keep Your Dorm Bathroom from Becoming a Biohazard

Ready for college? You have your laptop and backpack. How about your hazmat suit? Oh, no one told you about the dorm bathroom? Read on to get prepared for this toxic environment!

5 Reasons to Love Dorm Life

Living in the dorms is one of the hallmarks of the college life, but is it the best part of the university experience? We outline five good reasons to love dorm life.

10 Privacy Tips for Dorm Living

Really? You're supposed to live in this tiny room with two other people? Is there any way to create some personal time and space in an area this cramped?

5 House Rules to Set with Your Dorm Roommate

You're really excited for college, but nothing can bring you down to earth faster than the idea of sharing your space with a stranger. Here are five rules to set with your new roomie before things get awkward.

5 Tips for Making the Most of Dorm Storage Space

If you learn to organize, you can transform your crowded dorm room into a vibrant, comfortably tricked-out cave of coziness. These tips will help you make good use of the limited space.

5 Ways to Adjust to Dorm Life

Depending on your personality, you may be thrilled with the idea of college dorm life -- or you may be on the verge of a panic attack. Try to relax. This is going to be fun.

5 Tips for Staying Healthy While Living in a Dorm

College dorm life usually doesn't equate to a healthy lifestyle. In fact, living in a college dorm can make staying healthy seem like an uphill battle; but it doesn't have to be that way.

5 Dorm Tips for First-time Roommates

If you really want to get along with your college dorm roommate, you'll need to take a few simple steps that will make living together much more bearable -- and maybe even fun.

How to Get the Most Out of a Studio Apartment

Studio apartments aren't big on space, so good organization is a must. Keep reading to learn How to Get the Most Out of a Studio Apartment.

5 Ways to Make Your Dorm Room Look Bigger

Making the transition from living at home to living in a college dorm room can be difficult, especially if you don't have much space to work with. But with a little planning, you can make your dorm feel a little bigger.

Should you live in an apartment or a dorm?

Going to college is a rite of passage that requires lots of decisions, including where to stay. Should you try out dorm life or settle down in an apartment with roommates? We'll give you some food for thought.

Surviving Residence Hall Infestations

Dorm life can be fun, but all that communal living can sometimes invite infestations. From bedbugs to roaches, we'll tell you how to survive the invasion.

5 Ways to Keep Pests Out of Your Dorm Room

It's much easier to prevent an infestation than it is to cope with one that's already underway. Follow these tips to keep your dorm room pest free.

10 Habits That Prevent Pests in Your Dorm Room

Unfortunately, the sloppy lives many students lead attract critters to residence halls. If you don't want bugs and other pests in your dorm room, you'll have to be careful.

5 Dorm Room Accessories You Really Do Need

When you leave for college, there may be many things you want to take, but there some that you simply can't live without. You may be surprised what you find necessary.

10 Tips for Decorating Studio Apartments

Studio apartments can pose a big challenge when it comes to decorating. How do you fit the living room, bedroom, dining room, kitchen and office in one space, but keep them separate at the same time? Easy! We'll show you.

How to Make the Most of a Studio Apartment

A studio apartment can be cramped or cozy, intimate or ugly. It's all how you look at it or, rather, how you make it look.