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How to decorate a ‘white box’ apartment

Although the most obvious response to designing a white box is to add large amounts of color, there is a better way to make the space livable and all your own without looking tacky. By following the rules below, turning your white box apartment into a livable one will be easier than ever.

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Five items to help you get the most use out of your space

When living in an apartment that is undoubtedly too small, the task of using your limited space efficiently is daunting to say the least. Each square foot of space must be maximized to accommodate all of your various books, furniture and more.

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Personalizing your place never looked so good

Despite their differences in living situations, the four students profiled for this article share one thing in common: they have taken their respective homes and personalized them. Be it in decoration or overall vibe, they have managed to turn their “college houses” into homes. And no matter where you live, it’s possible for you to do the same.

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Decorating with booze

As the sun streamed through Ross Arce’s bedroom window, it could not help but take on a different color. The books, clothes and musical instruments scattered across his floor shone a deep sepia, a product of the sunlight traveling through the dark brown 22-ounce Rogue beer bottles lining his windowsill.

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Making your manor a man cave

It is a shrine to all that is brave and manful. A place where, yes, that stack of pizza boxes would make an excellent side table. Where a man can speak in exaggeration, without fear of being corrected. It is a day spa with chest hair. Where strange smells aren’t shunned, they’re celebrated.

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Moving out: Where to dump your junk

When you were preparing to move into your current dorm, apartment or house, everything fit like a glove into your four-door Honda Accord. A couple of trips back and forth to the car and you were ready to start your next year of college. Now, the time has come to pull out the boxes and move out. Somehow, you have twice as much as you did nine months ago, and it seems impossible that it’s all going make its way back home.

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Ocker: Next year’s move all about your neighborhood atmosphere

The trick to finding a place to live in Eugene isn’t so much finding the specific house you want to live in, but finding the neighborhood that fits your lifestyle. It’s pretty well known that West University is where you go to party, but as the Emerald has documented recently, it’s also where you go if you want all of your stuff stolen. Thankfully, in my four years in Eugene, I’ve managed to avoid living in West University, but my housing experience can hopefully help you find the area that’s right for you.

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Location, utility bills are important factors when finding a four-bedroom house

Students face many trade-offs when it comes to choosing a house that won’t break the bank but also fits their needs. Fortunately for students, there are many four-bedroom houses in a range of prices, from low to high.

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What you get for a two-bedroom apartment

As the alarm clock strikes 7:45 a.m., University senior Rachelle Cochran is just waking up for her 8 a.m. class. For most students, the realization that class starts in 15 minutes and you’re still in your pajamas would result in panic and, let’s be honest, a lot of cursing. Not …

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Roommate roulette: Who you live with can change everything

Whether you’re thinking about moving into a two-bedroom apartment, six-bedroom house, a nice garage, a cavernous studio, or a refurbished meth kitchen, you’ll have a chance to choose who you’ll live with next year. But be warned: beautiful friendships have withered and died because taking out the trash became a matter of principle.

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Campus neighborhood profiles: Which neighborhood is right for you?

Spring time is approaching, and it’s surprisingly stressful. Don’t be fooled by the sunshine and the always-looming summer break — for many students, spring is the time to apply for jobs, finish up those scholarship applications you’ve been putting off and to finally start looking for housing for next year.

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You live where? Finding the right bus to get to class

University senior Chelsea Fung stands on an EmX platform in West Eugene, waiting for the bus to take her to the University, something she does every day. “I like the EmX transportation,” Fung said. “If I didn’t have it, I don’t know what I would do. I can get across …

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Q&A: Understanding landlord and tenant laws can help you avoid legal pitfalls

The Emerald interviewed attorney Tori Klein, who works for Access the Law, a Eugene nonprofit that provides legal services. Klein gives her opinion on things to keep in mind while renting an apartment or house. This is not legal advice, just tips for renters.

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Six necessities for any college house

As the school year inches closer and more students are moving back into their apartments, duplexes and houses, a few items remain necessary wherever you lay your head.

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10 signs that your house might be a party house

Living in a party houses is an endless noise complaint: Here are 10 signs that your house just might be one of them.

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A guide to finding food for freshmen on campus

From early-morning coffee to brunch sandwiches, from dinner specials to midnight munchies, residents can enjoy the various foods the University dining halls have to offer. And if a quiet study area, a meal on the go or a late-night hangout is preferred, the venues also offer these settings.

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Students on the move consider off-campus transportation options

The majority of students try to remain within walking distance to campus, but for many who live farther away, transportation is an important detail to consider.

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10 ways to make the best out of a small dorm room

You may only be living in your dorm room for nine months, but make sure to personalize and maximize your space. Here are some cheap and easy tips for arranging and decorating your room.

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Roommate rules make living together easier

It may be easier said than done, but you’ll need to set ground rules with your roommates to have a rewarding — or at least conflict-free — living situation.

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Living west of campus: 10 things you'll need to survive

The popularity of the West University neighborhood for college students necessitates adapting to your environment. These items will make your next year go just that much smoother.

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A good dorm experience depends on how you approach it

With this year’s incoming freshman class being the largest in University’s history, the fresh faces moving into the residence halls could potentially have the hardest time trying not to get lost in the crowd.

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