Most college students have little money for going out and must rely on free entertainment on campus. Going to someone’s room is the typical choice, and a few things are necessary if your room is to become the popular hangout.
Your room will not be much of a hangout if there is not enough space for anyone besides you. Dorms are small, but there are ways to make the most use of the available space. Keep the clutter away by putting items back in their places, keeping dirty laundry in a hamper, and cleaning up the trash. Avoid foul smells by taking out old food, immediately washing sweaty clothes, and occasionally spraying the furniture with Febreze.
Plenty of seating is a must, and foldable chairs or overstuffed floor pillows are good space-saving alternatives. Sturdy storage bins can serve double-duty by providing more seating. Also, make your bed so people can sit on it. Toss a throw over it so others will not get it dirty.
You have space for people to hangout, but now you need a reason for them to stay. A TV with plenty of channels is a good start. Bigger sets attract more people but buy only what you have room for. Invest in a DVD player and TV series or movies on DVD or a game console like a PS3 or Wii. Other fun alternatives to have on hand are games like Catch Phrase or Battle of the Sexes. Make your room known by advertising weekly game nights on the consoles or with board games.
Music makes great entertainment, as it can facilitate a dance party, start a conversation, or just fill in the lulls with karaoke. Turn on your iPod and speakers or pull up the music files on your computer.
In college, good food suddenly becomes a priceless commodity. People will flock to wherever food is available, so keep a supply of junk food such as snack cakes, popcorn, chips, and cookies. Sell them to your guests or have a donation jar out for anyone who wants snacks. Expecting payment from your guests is completely acceptable in college since everyone is aware of how tight money is.
A microwave and small fridge are important as well. Keep a few bottles of water and canned soda in the fridge so you are always ready for thirsty company.
Having enough space, entertainment, and food will make people want to hang out in your room, but you will have to get them there first. The best ways to get people to your room are to have a friendly attitude and an open door. Smile and talk to other students, and leave your door open any time you are in your room and want company. You might be surprised who will stop by. If all else fails, you can always post on Facebook that there are free candy bars in your room.