7 Ways to Add Hygge to Your Dorm Room

Hygge (hoo-ga) is a word that I have been seeing around a lot lately. It isn’t a new word, but it has certainly been picking up in mainstream popularity. It’s a Dutch word that doesn’t have a direct English translation but refers to the feelings and experience around coziness, togetherness, and relaxation, particularly during the winter months.

Our college dorm rooms can lack in coziness and comfort since we’re only there for less than a year, it isn’t our childhood home, and we don’t have much space. However, I know there are plenty of ways to add comfort to a dorm room. In today’s post, I’m sharing 7 ways to use hygge to add coziness and warmth to your dorm room.

add hygge to your dorm room

add fairy lights to your walls

Fairy lights always add a cozy vibe to the room. It the perfect amount of light to carry on with fun conversation, a good book, or any other activity. You also can find them pretty much anywhere, especially Amazon or TJ Maxx.

keep comfy blankets & pillows

If you’ve ever been to one of my college rooms, then you know I always have a ton of pillows on my bed, as well as extra blankets. I love the warmth that a throw blanket can add, and I can’t go to sleep without being covered in plush, even if it’s blazing outside. Pillows also add so much more softness to your bed, though they can be a pain when you make your bed in the morning (🙄).

use candles or scent diffusers

This is pretty much the OG cozy tip. I love buying cheap candles from TJ Maxx & Marshalls and putting them around my room. However, if you’re school is particularly strict against candles in dorms, scent diffusers are a great alternative.

wear comfy loungewear

I’m the type that will stay in my clothes all day as I go to class, work, and study, despite discomfort. If you’re looking for another way to be comfortable, try switching into softer, looser fabrics after you come home. It’ll help your mind switch off from work.

invite your friends over

Hygge isn’t intended to be a solo activity. Hosting your friends for a night of conversation or music is a great way to cultivate amazing relationships. One of my favorite memories from last semester is having a potluck with all of my close friends and enjoying good food and talks.

enjoy treats and hot drinks

Food and drink are huge elements of hygge, and while you may not be able to create a full three course spread in a dorm room, taking a weekend afternoon to bake cookies or cupcakes is a great way to wind down and relax. Also, a cup of hot chocolate will serve you well.

spend time on a hobby

Unfortunately, in college we tend to lose the leisure activities we enjoyed so much before “busy” became the mood. Spend time doing something that you love, whatever that may be. Personally, I’m going to try to step back into crocheting and creative writing. Comment down below what your favorite hobby is!

in other words…

Did you read any helpful tips? If so, share this post on social media and on Pinterest (using the image below). Comment down below any hygge tips or comments you have!

Talk soon,


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