Mark Rodriguez

Home decor on a college budget

For many students, finally getting a room of their own is one of the most exciting aspects of college life. Though free of parental input, students off- and on-campus face the challenge of decorating their new digs in a way that is mindful of both money and space.

There are many ways for students to maximize space without spending any money, said Diana Cruz, assistant community director for Townwood apartments.

 Lofting beds, both in a dorm and an apartment, instantly opens up extra floor space and creates room for desks, dressers and mini-fridges, Cruz said.

There are several options for the money-minded student to make a new dorm or empty apartment truly feel like home.

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