Real Dorm Style: Hannah’s Minimalist Bohemian Bedroom
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Real Dorm Style: Hannah’s Minimalist Bohemian Bedroom

Meet Hannah! She’s a sophomore at Miami University who comes from a small town and has always dreamed about living in New York. She snagged an internship with Dormify, and got to try out that NYC life for the summer! We caught up with Hannah to talk all things dorm, college, and city life, plus get a tour of her boho dorm room and hear her ideas for styling a minimalist bohemian bedroom. Head to Dormify to explore more inspo on boho dorm ideas, including our favorite products such as boho dorm bedding, boho dorm decor, and boho minimalist art! 

Real NYU Dorm Tour


City Life

Where are you living this summer and how did you find out about it?

I’m staying at NYU summer housing! I had no idea where to begin finding a place to stay in the city, so I just searched around on Google for the best options for students with internships in NYC.

Tell us about your dorm location.

My dorm is in an amazing location, right between Greenwich Village and East Village, and an easy 10-minute walk from some of the best shopping you will ever experience in SoHo! It seriously could not get any better.

 What is it like to intern for Dormify?

Working for Dormify was an unreal experience and I loved every second of it, but my favorite part was definitely the photoshoots! 

If someone was coming to NYC for only a weekend, what would you tell them to do?

My biggest word of advice is to not do too much! As amazing as the city is, if you try to squeeze absolutely every attraction into two days, you will be way too exhausted to actually enjoy yourself. My top picks for things to do here include: shopping in SoHo, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, having a picnic in Central Park, and exploring the Whitney Museum.

Real Dorm Tour NYU

Dorm Life

Any tips on easy ways to make your space feel like home?

I definitely tried to incorporate a good amount of decor from both my dorm room and my room at home to make it feel more comforting and homey!

How did you make your bed and your section of the room feel like your own when sharing with roommates? 

I would say my personal style is minimalist and boho, and I really tried to incorporate that through the use of muted and neutral colors, as well as plenty of texture! I think a good tip for incorporating your own style while still keeping it cohesive with your roommates’ style is by including a few matching throw pillows or decor pieces. This way, you can be totally unique, but the room still feels tied together.

Real Dorm Tour NYU

What was your favorite part of your dorm room?

Definitely my bed! There is nothing I love more than falling into a million throw pillows and snuggling up in my cozy blanket after a long day of exploring the city.

What advice would you give to future students planning on living in NYC for the summer?

The biggest downside of my dorm is that there is no kitchen or fridge available. NYU requires you to have a partial meal plan in this situation, but I still have to pay for the majority of my meals out of pocket, and that has added up quickly. I would suggest trying to find housing with a kitchen because it will totally save you money in the long run!

College Life

Is your dorm decor at Miami University similar or different?

My rooms were pretty similar! I think my room at Miami definitely had a beachier, more Cali-inspired vibe, whereas my room here is more boho. But I tried to incorporate a lot of decor from my previous room here, too.

NYU Summer Housing Dorm

Tips for living with roommates in small spaces?

It can be hard living with multiple other people, but I think the best tip is to be respectful and considerate of each other and accept that compromises will have to be made. 

What is your favorite part about living in a dorm in college?

It’s so nice always having people around! Back at Miami, the girls on my floor had a huge group chat and we would constantly text each other funny things we saw around campus, or to check if anyone wanted to go grab food somewhere. This coming year, all the girls in my sorority are living on the same floor, so I’m really excited to see how that goes!

NYU Dorm Tour

What pillow best matches your personality?

I would have to say my knit pillow! It has such a cool, boho, laidback vibe, and I think that exemplifies my personality.