How to Stay Warm in the Dorms This Winter

Christmas is way over, but the cold temperatures are still here. And, if you’re like me, your dorm room does NOT give you enough heat in these sub-zero temperatures. After living on campus for almost three years, I’ve learned a few things about how to stay warm when your heater just isn’t enough. Here are a few tips!

Photo courtesy of Kristina Paukshtite

Electric blankets

This is something I was finally able to purchase this school year, and I absolutely love it! It keeps me so warm, especially at night when it’s the coldest. My specific blanket has an automatic shut-off after 10 hours, so there’s no danger of leaving it on too long. I highly recommend investing in one, like this blanket from Amazon with an automatic shut-off.

Socks. Lots of socks.

Warm, fuzzy and wool crew socks are my favorite thing to put on when I get back to my room after class. If you’re anything like me, your feet always seem to feel cold, no matter what. Socks are great when your feet feel like they’ll never be warm again. Not only do they keep your feet warm, but they’re also a great way to make a lounging outfit look cute! H&M online has a ton of options for packs of nice socks for a good price!  

When in doubt, add more blankets!

Before I had an electric blanket, I layered myself in lots of blankets. Currently, I have about five. Layering myself up made me feel warm and cozy, whether I was watching Netflix in bed or about to go to sleep.

Space heaters

If you want to fully invest in warmth, go for a space heater. It not only keeps you warm, but your roommate too! I had a neighbor my sophomore year who used one and said it helped so much, especially when the windows became unbearably drafty.


I’ve added many lounging sweaters and crewnecks to my clothes collection since I’ve been at Carthage. They’re great at keeping me warm, while also being comfortable and stylish. Not only can I wear them in my room, but I can easily go out to the Student Union or to class with it on!

However you choose to keep yourself warm, know how important it is to do so. Living in Wisconsin, it’s inevitable that we’re going to endure the cold for a majority of our school year, so why suffer? Keeping these tips in mind will help you make your winter more bearable. Plus, before we know it, we’ll be enjoying warm weather and the ability to stay outside for more than a minute!

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