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Showing posts with label Dorm Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dorm Tips. Show all posts

June 3, 2017

Be Safe! Always use surge protectors with overload protection in your dorm room...


Because college students operate or charge many small appliances and electronics in their dorm rooms such as a laptop, iPad, cell phone, mp4 player, TV/DVD combo, blow dryer, coffee maker, iron, vacuum... on a limited number of circuits, it's important to invest in quality UL listed surge protectors that provide 2-way protection:
  1. Protects their valuables from power surges; and
  2. Prevents students from overloading their circuits with an internal 15 Amp circuit breaker.
With overload protection, if a student operates too many small electronics or appliances at the same time, the surge protector will trip its internal 15 Amp circuit breaker letting them know they need to unplug something from the unit... turn something off. Once they reduce the overload, they just reset the surge protector and are good to go again!

University or college housing staff will love students who use surge protectors with overload protection because they didn’t trip the main circuit to their dorm room requiring a maintenance call or cause a fire resulting in property damage or loss of life by overloading a circuit.

Students will love surge protectors with overload protection because they won't have to go to class or out on date with wet hair or wrinkled clothes because maintenance couldn't get there on time! Live Dorm Smart!

Note: Always check the product manual and specifications before plugging a product into a surge protector or electrical outlet. Also, check your university or housing regulations regarding the use of surge protectors.

May 25, 2017

Shopping for Dorm Appliances Tip...

LIVE DORM SMART TIP:  The general rule of thumb students should use when buying appliances for their dorm room is this:

DO BUY appliances for your dorm room that are small in scale and can operate on a 110/120v plug. This information should be available on the products' packaging. Bottom line, buy dorm sized appliances.

DO NOT BUY any appliances with an open flame or open coil for your dorm room. Meaning, leave your hot plates and toasters at home. The majority of colleges and universities do not allow these appliances on campus as they consider them fire hazards. Additionally, electric skillets are generally frowned upon, anything where a piece of paper could touch it and catch fire. As for irons and coffeemakers, stick with quality auto shutoff products.

Always check your university or college housing regulations before buying dorm appliances. If you are confused, call DormSmart at 1-877-616-DORM and we'll contact them for you! You can also check our Housing Connector to see your school's policies.

Live Dorm Smart!

November 25, 2014

How to Prepare Your Dorm Room for Winter Break…

"...Fall semester is coming to an end and winter break is just around the corner so be sure to prepare your dorm room for winter break before heading home for the holidays, read on..."

10 Things College Students Should Do to Prepare Their Dorm Room for Winter Break
  1. Lock Up Your Valuables… If you cannot take them home with you, it is important to remember to lock up your valuables in a secure place such as your dorm safe or college trunk.

  2. Insurance… Make sure your insurance policy is up to date to cover potential theft and prepare an itemized list including serial numbers of your valuables, snap a photo or two. Take this information with you.

  3. Defrost & Clean Your Dorm Room Micro fridge... before leaving campus for winter break. Dispose of all perishable items. Unplug your unit from the wall, leaving the door slightly ajar to prevent moisture buildup and smells. Hopefully, you have an auto defrost unit. However, if your mini fridge freezer is manual defrost, be sure to check your manufacturer's user manual about how to defrost your freezer; or has a great mini fridge defrosting guide to assist you.

  4. Unplug All Electrical Appliances

  5. Clean & Organize Your Dorm Room… You will be busy with Spring Semester upon your return to campus so get your dorm room in order before you leave for winter break. Clean and organize your desk, closet… your entire room.

  6. Wash Your Laundry… Wash your clothes and dorm bedding prior to leaving campus, unless of course, you are taking your laundry home to mom. You will be tired from all the excitement and travel when you return to campus so a clean bed will be welcome.

  7. Take Out Your Trash… Do not leave a future science experiment in your dorm room! No one enjoys returning to a smelly moldy dorm room after winter break.

  8. Lower Your Thermostat... Your housing office should have a recommended temperature to save on heating costs without damaging your valuables while you are away.

  9. Secure Your Windows

  10. Lock Your Dorm Room Door

Just a few tips to live Dorm Smart! Happy Holidays!

March 31, 2012

Need To Know What To Bring & What NOT To Bring To Your College Campus... Get The Dorm 411!

New Campus Housing Connector Tool From 

Did you know Team DormSmart reviews more than 2000 university and college housing websites annually to stay current with their housing requirements and improve product offerings to students?

It is because DormSmart knows that obtaining housing information directly from your school is the best way to know exactly WHAT TO BRING and WHAT NOT TO BRING into your campus dorm room. The Campus Housing Connector for college bound students is meant to encourage students to check their housing policy and avoid costly shopping mistakes.

So if you find it difficult to locate housing information on your school website and want to avoid costly mistakes, give DormSmart's new tool a try.

Just another way to live Dorm Smart!

August 15, 2011

How to Ship Dorm Room Supplies Direct to Campus

Take advantage of Dormsmart's Free Campus Ship Program... just enter your student's campus shipping address provided by their University Housing Department as the "Delivery Address" during checkout!

Need more reasons to use DormSmart's Free Campus Shipping Program...


If you are in a hurry, DormSmart can ship your purchases direct to your college campus instead of having to move them to campus.


No additional charges apply at DormSmart when shipping purchases direct to your college campus within the 48 Contiguous US States, it is free. Additionally, students won't have to incur the additional cost of moving their dorm room supplies from home to campus.


Your dorm room supplies only ship once ... reducing your carbon footprint and saving trees (no additional packaging required).


Students don't have to pack, transport, and unpack their dorm room supplies multiple times!

*Free shipping only applies to campuses within the 48 US Contiguous States

April 23, 2011

Shop Smart for Dorm Supplies...

Did you know that according to the  National Fire Protection Association... historically, cooking equipment has been involved in 75% of dormitory fires and those fires accounted for 62% of civilian deaths and 26% of civilian fire injuries?

LIVE DORM SMART TIP: Choose to be smart when you shop for dorm supplies, especially dorm appliances. Purchase smart dorm safe appliances that comply with your university's housing regulations versus non compliant appliances just because they're cheap in price.

Do & Do Not

Do check with your university housing office before purchasing appliances for your dorm room. Obviously you want to purchase appliances that your college considers dorm safe instead of confiscated contraband. How much money will you save if your cheap dorm appliance, meaning of lower quality or non compliant with your campus housing regulations, is confiscated and you have to buy another one?

Do not be swayed by any retailer or dorm supplies store that promotes dorm appliances by spreading propaganda "not facts" about your school (i.e. saying that schools are only pushing certain regulations or dorm appliances to make a buck for themselves...). The retailer should be focused on selling the features of their products versus selling assumptions about your school. At DormSmart, we consider this to be a desperate and unethical approach by a retailer to unload their inventory... sell non compliant dorm appliances to unsuspecting college students. Remember, your school is the final authority on what dorm appliances may be operated on their campus not the retailer.

Safety & Costs

Colleges and universities are responsible for their students' safety first and foremost. It only makes sense that they want to minimize the potential for loss of life or property damage. Building codes change over time and vary from state to state so your school housing officials probably know best what appliances will operate safely in their dorm rooms. In addition, if you purchase non compliant dorm appliances that continually trip your circuit breaker or cause damage to your building, then it only stands to reason that university maintenance costs will increase which ultimately results in increased tuition costs.

At DormSmart

At DormSmart, we would be the first to admit that we are big proponents of colleges and universities setting standards for students to apply when purchasing dorm appliances rather than setting brands that students must purchase. Doing so allows student shoppers to choose from a broader selection of appliances at different price points. (We've blogged about this topic a lot.) However, we are not proponents of retailers encouraging students to buy dorm appliances... any dorm supplies that they cannot legally use on "their" college campus (this varies from school to school). Exactly the reason we offer to contact your housing office for you, why we freely provide detailed information to you about the appliances we sell in our online dorm store, and also directly provide you with your school's dorm living guidelines through our Housing Connector.

We hope you will choose to shop smart & live Dorm Smart!,

April 1, 2011

Dorm Living Tip: Avoid Circuit Overloads...

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Avoid circuit overloads in your dorm room... DO NOT plug high wattage appliances such as a blow dryer, iron, flat iron, or power strip into the same outlet as your dorm microwave refrigerator freezer combo appliance, even if you have an appliance that is manufactured to work on a standard 15 Amp Circuit.

It's best not to use the second plug at all. However, if you must use the second plug... use it only for low wattage electronics such as an alarm clock or small desk lamp. Your university housing office will appreciate it and everyone will be a little safer!

Live Dorm Smart!

November 6, 2010

It’s too noisy in my residence hall to study or sleep! What can I do? Get the Dorm 411!

by Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of
Creator of


Let’s face it! Unless your family is the size of the Duggar family, it’s probably a whole lot noisier in your residence hall than at home, making it difficult to study or get a good night’s sleep.

Consider investing in a quality set of noise cancelling headphones or ear buds to reduce the noise.

Other options to consider:
  • Use ear plugs.
  • Take cat naps during the day (not during class).
  • Consider studying in the library or if weather permits, a quiet place on the campus grounds.
Live Dorm Smart!

September 17, 2010

Dorm Rugs Shopping Tip?

by Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of
Creator of Dorm Smart Living 

Fo Flor Dorm Area Rug Barnboard Blue 46" x 66"
LIVE DORM SMART TIP: If your dorm room has cold hard tiled floors or ugly carpeting, consider purchasing a dorm area rug to cover as much floor space as possible, adding that much needed layer of comfort and style.

Choosing the right dorm rug will create an anchor for your dorm room decor. Whether your decorating style is that of a sports enthusiast, trendy fashionista, contemporary artisan, old world collector, or beachcomber, the perfect rug will set the stage.

Be sure to check with your college dorm mate and choose an easy to clean dorm room rug that works for both of you before investing your dollars! Live DormSmart!