So friends, I had another little craft post I was working on but life got in the way of finishing the blog post because our son headed off to college on Tuesday. I moved him into his White Hall Temple University dorm room in Philadelphia.
I planned on making this a structured blog post that showed off his room and how I decorated it all in detail. My friend Amie wrote a fabulous blog post about how she decorated her daughter’s dorm room. It’s a must-see. I failed miserably though LOL. I took my big camera, tripod, and all but it ended up being completely different than planned and we rushed around like crazy.
On top of it, it was of course such an emotional day and I’m still struggling daily. This blog post about her son leaving for college sums up my feelings perfectly. It’s a tear-jerker!
Our son’s White Hall Temple University dorm room tour
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So back to the move-in being rushed, you see we only got 30 minutes with the cart. If you don’t return it in time you face a $300 fine. Yup! So we unloaded everything on the sidewalk and my son rushed separate loads inside while the nice police officers watched our pile of stuff so I could park the car.
Then you get a 2-hour parking window, so you can get your room situated and decorated. I set myself a timer for that and this is where all my plans fell apart. I didn’t set up a time-lapse or take photos along the way. The room was stuffed with us all unpacking and rushing and I didn’t really take pictures along the way.
White Hall Temple University dorm room layout
Below is the layout of my son’s White Hall Temple University dorm room and the way that I moved their furniture around.
You can find more information about this residence hall’s pricing, details/options like laundry, and rules and such on the Temple University Housing website. There is no on-site dining in this hall.
I’m not sure why the layout of the rooms provided by Temple Housing shows closet doors because there are actually no closet doors.
Below is a somewhat before photo with the beds on the highest setting. The small fridge we purchased was the perfect fit for under the bed. And so was the small plastic drawer storage unit.
White Hall Temple University bathrooms
The apartment unit entrance door with a half bathroom on each side. I liked this layout a lot since the kids don’t have to wait if someone is showering to use the toilet or vise-versa. The half baths each have a sink too.
I had purchased a shower curtain but was happy to see that we didn’t need it.
The funny thing was that his roommate’s decor coincidentally matched his perfectly and we didn’t plan it at all. He had only exchanged a few short messages with him throughout the summer and it certainly didn’t involve decor decisions.
So here is his White Hall Temple University dorm room the way I left it.
The rug is his roommate’s and is perfect. His roommate also coincidentally has a flag hanging above his bed that matches all of my son’s flags. He also has the same flag banner in his room at home.
The best thing I bought was definitely the dorm bed bedskirt and I got a couple of inquiries about it already. So nice to hide the mess underneath.
My son also loves the triangular bolster headboard pillow or whatever you call it.
I’m not showing his roommate’s side because I want to give him his privacy. Not everyone likes being showcased on a blog, right?
White Hall Temple University dorm closet
I had bought a curtain rod and curtain to cover the closet but he didn’t want it. My plans of making everything look as nice as possible was appreciated but not needed. After all teenage boys care but not that much about the actual overall design. He is appreciative that his bed is cozy and looks similar to his room at home but small details like having curtains on his closet don’t matter to him. After all, he mostly left his closet doors open at home too.
Full list of things we purchased for his White Hall Temple University dorm room
- bed skirt
- mattress topper
- fitted sheet
- desk pad
- triangular bolster headboard pillow
- small pillow
- (his roommate’s) rug (similar blue-striped rug and this rug)
- hanging shoe organizer
- salt lamp
- rolling cart
- two black storage bins for rolling cart
- plastic drawer unit
- small fridge (perfect size for under bed)
- Bayern Munich poster (not available anymore)
- Astroworld flag
- flag banner
- extension cords
- push pins
- poster putty
- soft black blanket
- shower caddy
- cleaning supplies (hope he uses them 🙂
- lamps we had already
I had planned to have lunch with my son after moving him into Whitehall and maybe head to the bookstore but when it was time to move the car to a new spot when the 2-hour parking window had expired we both came to the conclusion that it was easier just to say a quick goodbye.
My son and I were both nauseous from being so sad and not hungry. I know from experience when I leave Germany and my family behind that a quick goodbye is much better than a lingering dragged-out one. So that is what we did and I got a text from my son a bit later saying that he felt much better now that the goodbye was out of the way.
It took me only 1 hour and 25 minutes to get to the campus in the morning which is definitely not too far away and we can visit him when we want once he is all settled. I can’t wait of course!
UPDATE: Check out our son’s Temple Nest apartment tour for his second year of college.
Our daughter is heading into her first year of high school in two weeks and we are happy to be sitting on the soccer sidelines again this fall to see her play. She is so happy that she made the team and her dream is to play in college one day too.
That’s it for today.