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Make your NYC dorm room the cool apartment you wish it was

School's back in session!

You may be just starting out on your NYC campus -- welcome! -- or stuck in a cinderblock dorm for your fourth year in a row.

Before you complain about being confined to a dorm room, know that your prime square footage of NYC real estate is probably better than any apartment within walking distance of your campus.

Stick out another semester in the dorm and transform it into the cool NYC studio apartment you're pretending it is.

1. Get a door mat

Your dorm/apartment starts before you even walk in
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Your dorm/apartment starts before you even walk in the door! Greet your feet after classes and all the awesome guests you have over with a fun doormat outside your room. Try this dual-greeting mat, $29 at Pottery Barn.

2. Color your walls

You're probably not allowed to paint your dorm
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You're probably not allowed to paint your dorm room, and for less than a year of occupancy, we don't recommend it. Instead, consider covering your four walls or creating an accent wall with temporary wall paper! Tempaper makes peel-and-stick wallpaper in plenty of fun colors and patterns that are easy to apply and remove.

3. Frame it

A home looks more home-like with some personal
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A home looks more home-like with some personal touches! Rather than taping a year's worth of Instagram photos in a heart-shape on your wall (#sorrynotsorry), print out a few cherished photos of family, friends and pets and hang a mini-gallery wall. Spend some time at NYC flea markets shopping for unique, cheap frames and hang with removable sticky hooks.

4. Cover your windows

Your dorm probably comes complete with blinds, albeit
Photo Credit: Anthropologie

Your dorm probably comes complete with blinds, albeit ugly ones. But it's nothing a tension rod can't fix! Grab one at your local hardware store and get a curtain panel to correspond with your decor. Featured: Marrakech curtain from Anthropologie, $108

5. Switch up your seating

If you have room to store your provided
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If you have room to store your provided desk chair in a common area or perhaps just add on to your room, do so! Working and relaxing in your own chosen seat will feel so much better. This teal desk chair by CB2 is cute, comfy and should last you through graduation.

6. Chill your food in a mini-fridge

Obviously your studio apartment wouldn't be complete without
Photo Credit: Dorm Co.

Obviously your studio apartment wouldn't be complete without some cold drinks (non-alcoholic if you're under 21, of course) and snacks. Keep your mini-fridge stocked with a selection of treats and healthy options! A mini-fridge will also solve the problem of people taking your string cheese from the communal fridge in the middle of the night. Dorm Co. has mini-fridges with dry erase boards for special snacking notes.

7. Add some mood lighting

You don't want your overhead florescents to be
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You don't want your overhead florescents to be the only lighting option. Pick out a standing lamp, desk lamp and some string lights for a variety of lighting choices.

8. Commit to a stylish towel set

Your bathroom may be down the hall, but
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Your bathroom may be down the hall, but your towels will hang in your room! Keep the aesthetic with towel sets that are cozy and classy. Kassatex's luxury bath towels are both affordable and attractive -- for $9.99 to $34.99, you can be lounging in Turkish cotton right after that dorm shower.

9. Contain your clutter

You're a New Yorker now, which means you
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You're a New Yorker now, which means you really need to get a handle on creative storage solutions. Every square inch is valuable! Invest in a desk organizer, under-the-bed containers, baskets, bins and anything else you can find to hide your clutter and make your small room more livable. A trip to one of NYC's The Container Store locations can transform your room; and swing by Staples to check out the Cynthia Rowley collection for high-style storage solutions.

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