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15 essentials every student accommodation needs

by Jillian CariolaPublished: May 4, 2017Updated: May 4, 2017

With these 15 must-have furniture and accessories, a student condo, apartment, or dorm can easily feel like home.

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines roommates

Many college students find it more convenient to rent apartments, condos or dorms close to the college or university they plan on attending. For provincial students who have chosen to attend a college in Metro Manila, for instance, the decision to move is a no-brainer. But even some who are living in the Greater Manila Area whose schools are located along the University Belt or Katipunan Avenue opt to say goodbye to Mom and Dad and call a dorm “home” because of the undeniable convenience. You save money on transportation, there is no need to spend hours on the road everyday (which can be especially torturous during rush hour) and you can make it to class on time even after hitting the “snooze” button a couple of times.

But convenience is only part of the things being considered in choosing a place to live in. Price is another factor. If working on a limited budget, chances are you will end up renting a unit that is on the smaller side. Plus, there is the possibility of living with a roommate, which can save you money but will also require a bit of sacrifice in terms of comfort and privacy.

Then, there is the thought of being away from home for a long time and settling into a new dwelling. You may not want to admit it, but you are going to miss your parents’ constant nagging, the home-cooked meals, and the general feeling of being surrounded by the people and things you have grown up with.

Fortunately, decorating your new digs is one way of solving these issues. Choosing the right furniture and accessories will do wonders not only in aesthetically improving your unit or room, but will also enhance its overall comfort.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines ottoman storage chair
Ottoman with storage. Photo via Shutterstock

Ottoman

There is no doubt you will be inviting classmates and friends over from time to time, so you will need a lot of seating. But what do you do if you do not want your unit to get cramped? Ottomans are the answer. Not only are they small enough to occupy just a small portion of your precious floor space, they also offer extra storage you will most likely need.

This ottoman with storage at Mandaue Foam costs Php2,350.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines sofa bed sofabed
Sofa bed. Photo via Shutterstock

Sofa bed

College means a lot of late nights finishing papers and proposals, and if you are working with a classmate, you do not want them to risk their safety on the road if your school work takes until midnight or beyond to finish. They will not have to if your living room is furnished with a couch that converts into a bed. This will also come in handy if you have family members that might visit from out of town on occasion. In a small condo unit, it can even be your actual bed so you do not have to purchase two separate pieces of furniture.

This sofa bed at Uratex costs Php5,099.75.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines bed with storage
Bed with drawers. Photo via Shutterstock

Bed with storage

Some units already come furnished with a cabinet, but what if one is not enough to hold all of your things? Get a bed that doubles as storage. Some beds are built with drawers, and others are even designed to have storage space underneath the mattress. If you can afford it, get a loft bed that has a bed above and space underneath for things like a study table and cabinets for your clothes. If the room comes with a bed, store your things in large dry boxes that you can easily stow underneath it.

This single bedframe with drawer at Home Plus costs Php7,998.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines study table desk
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Study desk

Instead of studying on a plain table, it would be better to have a desk specifically designed for students, one with drawers for your books and other personal items. This will ensure that all of your school materials are organized and easy to find (and will also dispel the myth that college accommodations are always messy).

This computer table at Lazada costs Php3,000.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines table desk lamp light
Desk lamp. Photo via Shutterstock

Desk lamp

If you are planning to live with a roommate in a studio unit and you prefer studying at night or the early morning hours, keeping the main light on may bother him or her while trying to sleep. Having a lamp on your desk will ensure that you get the right amount of light for reading your notes without disturbing your roommate’s slumber.

This table lamp at AllHome costs Php595.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines folding table desk
Folding table. Photo via Shutterstock

Folding table

In a studio apartment or condo, the kitchen usually doubles as the dining area, so it would be better to get a table that folds up when not in use. This clears up space so people can move around easily in the kitchen while preparing meals. You can also take the table to different parts of the apartment or condo for other purposes, like using it while studying.

The sale price of this folding table at Cost U Less is Php1,999.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines power strip extension cord cables wiring
Power strip. Photo via Shutterstock

Power strip

Have you ever been in a situation wherein you have a television, a laptop, an electric fan and a phone charger but only one electric socket? Power strips were invented for exactly this purpose: to allow you to plug in multiple appliances at the same time. This is not to condone octopus wiring (which you must never do), but a power strip will at least give you some additional sockets so you do not have to choose between reviving a dying phone battery or catching up on your favorite TV show.

This three-socket power strip with four USB ports at Lazada costs Php649.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines battery rechargeable lamp light

Battery-operated/rechargeable emergency lamps

You never know when a power outage will take place, so it is safer to always have one of these in any place you move into. Aside from being convenient and providing sufficient light to brighten up a small unit, it is also much safer than candles, which you can never leave unattended.

This rechargeable emergency lamp at Wilcon Depot costs Php499.75.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines induction oven electric stove cooking appliance kitchen
Induction oven. Photo via Shuttertock

Electric cooking appliances

There are some cases wherein a landlord will not allow renters to cook in their unit, but if you are permitted to do so, choose a single electric stove because it is safer than a gas-powered one. If cooking is too much of a chore for you, you might be better off having a microwave oven.

At Abenson, the current price of this induction cooker is Php1,798, while the current price of this microwave oven is Php2,898.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines cookware pot cooking casserole kitchen
Casserole. Photo via Shutterstock

Cookware

Do you really want to crowd the limited counter or cabinet space you have with a frying pan, a sauté pan, three different-size pots and  sauce pan, not to mention the lids that go on each one? As a student, it is not likely that you will be preparing elaborate full meals for parties, so in terms of versatility and smart space use, nothing beats a good quality pot: you can use it to boil water, sauté garlic, make soup, fry an egg, cook rice and accomplish pretty much any simple culinary task.

This stainless steel casserole at The SM Store costs Php1,275, while this slotted wooden turner at Gourdo’s costs Php155.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines dinnerware eating utensils plates
Dinnerware. Photo via Shutterstock

Dinnerware

Clutter happens when you hang things that you barely use or do not use at all. Keep things simple in your kitchen: buy plates, utensils, cups and glasses that are only enough for the number of people in the rental. Same goes for food prep materials; one good knife (instead of an entire cutlery set) and a chopping block will suffice.

This set of plastic dinnerware with utensils (good for four) at Lazada costs Php699. At SM Home, this wooden chopping board costs Php549.75, while this multi-purpose serrated knife at Gourdo’s costs Php150.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines shower curtain bathroom
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Shower curtain

When you take a bath, it would be nice if the entire bathroom—the toilet, the door, the toilet paper, your get the picture—does not get drenched too. Aside from it being annoying when you walk into a bathroom that looks like a waterpark, it would also be dangerous if anyone wanting to use the bathroom after you were to step on a puddle and slip. Get a shower curtain to so that only the actual bath area gets wet and everything else stays dry.

At MC Home Depot, this shower curtain costs Php260, while this tension rod costs Php889.75.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines shower caddy basket bathroom
Shower caddy. Photo via Shutterstock

Shower caddy

If the bathroom is not equipped with shelves or even a small cabinet for toiletries, the best solution is hanging a multi-tier caddy that will hold your soap, shampoo, conditioner, and everything else. And since it will be suspended from the shower or suctioned to the wall, it will take up absolutely no floor space.  But if you are living with other people and you want to keep your toiletries private, a portable bath caddy (or any plastic or stainless steel basket) is your best friend. It will keep all of your essentials together so you can easily travel to and from the bathroom without leaving anything behind.

This hanging bath caddy at MC Home Depot costs Php879.75, while a plastic bath basket at TCAT costs Php88.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines cleaning supplies bucket sanitation sponge scrub brush rug
Cleaning supplies. Photo via Shutterstock

Cleaning supplies

Gone are the days when you have other people (like your mom or house helper) to pick up after you. You have to do all of the cleaning from now on, so you need to have a set of cleaning supplies, such as a broom, mop, bucket, brush, sponge, cleaning agents, and trash cans and bags.

At Lazada, this broom-and-dustpan set costs Php690 and this mop costs Php399, but you can buy them for a much lower price at wet markets.

 

Essential furniture and accessories for a student apartment, condo, or dorm room MyProperty Philippines Polaroid photo collage photographs memories
Photographs. Photo via Shutterstock

Personal touches

Sometimes, little things can really transform a cold, impersonal dorm room into your own version of home. Framed photos of your family and friends, as well as your beloved pet, will help lift your spirits when you are feeling homesick or when the pressure of school work is getting to you. Instead of displaying several separate frames and knick-knacks, put all of the photos in a collage-style frame or create a shadow box for your memorable trinkets.

This four-window photo frame at SM Home costs Php299.

 

Additional tips

Bringing some of your personal furniture and accessories from home benefits you two ways: it is a budget-friendly move and it increases the homey feel of your new place. Another way to help you feel secure in your rental is by installing additional locks to your door, but ask your landlord for permission first before doing so.

Before buying anything, scout malls, scour online shops and look at second-hand stores for cheap options and watch out for sales to get the most out of your money. However, always make sure that what you purchase in the end is also of good quality despite its low cost and be wary of products with too-good-to-be-true prices. Remember: a sturdy piece of furniture and high-grade cookware will not just benefit you now, but will also help you start furnishing the home you will eventually move into once you enter the workforce after you graduate.

Also, if you are renting a condo or apartment with friends to share monthly bills (rent, electricity, water, etc.), you can save money by figuring out a way to split the costs on groceries. Prepare meals at home that are enough for everyone so you do not have to constantly eat out or buy lunch at school.

 

All photos are via Shutterstock and are not items being sold by MyProperty.ph. The items in the photos are also not the exact items being sold by merchants mentioned in the article. 

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