A Guide to Understanding Qualifications Listed on Job Applications

Job postings can be intimidating due to the large number of skills and qualifications they tend to require. If you haven’t yet finished your degree and want to start working while you’re still at university or you’ve already started your job search for post-graduation but don’t yet have any experience in your field, you may feel hesitant about applying for some positions.

However, it’s important to realize that requirements on a job post are often no more than guidelines — they’re what hiring managers would like to see in a candidate, but they’re not all essential. To figure out if it’s worth applying, you need to determine whether you’d be able to offer employers what they want.

Demonstrate Transferable Skills

Job posts often specify that they want candidates with experience, which can leave you feeling like you have limited options. However, you almost certainly have transferable skills that could make up for your lack of experience.

It’s important to consider all the skills you’ve gained — through part-time jobs, internships, your studies, participation in extracurriculars, volunteer positions, and other areas of your life. Consider how these skills relate to the qualifications mentioned in the job post.

Show Your Motivation

Another way to demonstrate that you could be an ideal candidate even when you don’t meet all the requirements of a job post is to show a willingness to learn. In your application and at the interview, mention what you’ve learned at university, why you chose your major, and what ambitions you have for the future. It’s better still if you can talk about ideas you have that would enable you to excel in the position and would help the company see results.

Learn About the Company

To do both the above, it helps to know as much about the company as possible. Not only will the hiring manager be impressed by your knowledge, this will also show you have a genuine interest in the position. In particular, you should discuss how the mission of the company aligns with your own values.

Contacts Are Everything

You’re more likely to receive an interview — or even find out about positions that are not publicly listed — if you have contacts within the company. Take advantage of networking opportunities at university, such as job fairs and other campus events. You should also use your LinkedIn network to see if you can connect with someone who may be able to give you a referral. Finally, talk to your professors and previous employers to see if they know anyone, both at companies you’d like to work for and at businesses in your field that you hadn’t considered.

Using your connections will improve your chances of landing an interview for a job where you lack some of the qualifications.
You may be able to avoid needing a part-time job while you’re still a student if you move into a more affordable apartment. You can find Brock University off-campus housing at Parkway Lofts. Our stylish apartments are just across the street from campus, fully furnished, and equipped with all the necessities. Book a tour to see the suites for yourself before you sign a lease.


5 Unique Spots to Study or Work on Assignments

Whereas the desk in your bedroom is the most logical place to study and work on assignments, sometimes you may need a change of scenery. Studying in different places can help you find inspiration, give you the chance to be around other people (which can make studying a less solitary activity), and keep you motivated. Try the following unique spots and decide which you like best.

1. Your Local Coffee Shop

Treat yourself to your favourite beverage while you study by heading to your local coffee shop. You’ll typically have free WiFi and will be able to stay there as long as you want. You may find that other students and people who work from home are also using the coffee shop, meaning you’ll have the chance to make friends with the regulars if you go often enough.

2. Restaurants

If you have no time to fit preparing a meal, eating, and doing homework into your schedule, head to a restaurant. Pick somewhere that serves delicious food to reward yourself for your hard work. If you eat slowly and the restaurant is not too busy, you should find you’re able to get plenty done.

3. A Public Library

Your campus library is a popular place to study, but there’s also likely to be a public library in your college town that you can use. This is ideal if you’re looking for somewhere quiet where no one will disturb you. If you need to settle down and finish an assignment, this could be a better option than working at home, where all sorts of things could distract you. Plus, you’ll be around books and can ask the librarians for help if you need extra resources to complete your assignment.

4. A Bookstore

Another way to surround yourself with books while you study is to go to a bookstore. Many large bookstores have dedicated areas where you can sit with a laptop to study. They typically have free WiFi and you may be able to grab a cup of coffee while you’re there.

5. The Park

When the weather is pleasant, you can study in the park. This is also a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin D and some fresh air. You could even bring a flask of coffee or snacks to have a picnic when you need a break from studying. Just bear in mind that you may need to stick to tasks that don’t require WiFi.

6. Coworking Spaces

If you’re working on a group project, need to meet with someone in a professional capacity (such as a potential mentor), or want to network with people in your area outside of just students, consider going to a coworking space. If you won’t be going often, look for somewhere that allows you to pay by the hour without requiring you to sign up for a membership.

When you live at Parkway Lofts, it’s easy to mix up where you study. Whenever you want a change from the desk in your fully-furnished bedroom, bring your assignments to one of the study rooms, the common area lounge, or the multipurpose room. There are also restaurants and coffee shops nearby. Pay us a visit to see our Niagara College student housing for yourself.


Your University Self-Care Guide

The time you spend at university can be some of the most exciting years of your life. However, many students also experience a great deal of stress, whether due to academics, homesickness, financial worries, or something else. To stay healthy and happy at university, it’s important to practice self-care. Here are some strategies to consider.

1. Sleep Enough

You need at least seven hours of sleep a night. You may think you can cope with less — it may even be tempting to try when you have an assignment to finish right before the deadline or an event is happening late in the evening — but the effects will soon catch up on you. When you’re sleep deprived, it becomes more difficult to focus and you’ll feel tired during the day. However, if you prioritize sleeping enough each night, you may be able to improve your grades.

2. Exercise Regularly

You should exercise for at least two and a half hours each week. The best way to achieve this is by having a workout of 20 minutes or longer every day. Exercising has benefits to both your physical and mental health. For instance, it lowers your risk of certain diseases, decreases anxiety, and improves your mood. The huge number of options available to you means university is the ideal time to find activities you enjoy, whether that involves going to the gym, joining a fitness class, or playing a sport.

3. Eat Healthy Meals

The other key way to take care of your body is to focus on nutrition. University can be tough in regard to eating well because you’re suddenly responsible for all your own meals. Some students turn to processed foods, which are bad for both their health and their budget. Instead, you should try to cook healthy meals at home as often as possible. You’ll find that improving your diet keeps your mind clear, prevents unhealthy weight gain or weight loss, and reduces inflammation.

4. Have a Routine

Include all the above healthy habits in your routine. Although it may be difficult to have exactly the same routine each day (due to classes taking place at different times and extracurriculars happening only on certain days), you should still be able to fit these important things into your schedule at around the same time each day. For instance, try to have a regular bedtime, wake-up time, and mealtimes. You’ll find this reduces your levels of stress and makes you feel more productive, focused, and in control.

5. Use Mindfulness Exercises

Something extra to include in your daily routine is mindfulness practice. Mindfulness involves paying attention to your thoughts and sensations, which helps you manage stress, improves your patience, and enhances your self-awareness. You can practice mindfulness in several ways, including by following guided meditations, using breathing exercises, or spending a minute or so to think about what you’re grateful for.

6. Clean Your Apartment

A clean home will reduce the risk you fall sick and will make you feel more comfortable in your home. In addition to creating a weekly cleaning schedule, find time on a regular basis for a deep clean and declutter.

7. Stay Hydrated

Low energy levels and difficulty concentrating are often due to dehydration. Stay hydrated by carrying a bottle of water with you throughout the day.

Living in your own apartment, rather than in student residence, is crucial for self-care. You can find Brock University off-campus housing at Parkway Lofts. Here, you can have a private bedroom in a shared suite or your own studio apartment. Plus, we have great amenities to make it easier for you to focus on self-care, such as a fitness center, commercial-style kitchen, and study rooms. Contact us to learn about our limited-time offers.


7 Tips for Overcoming Anxiety About Presentations

If you’re anxious about giving presentations at college, you’re not alone: a fear of public speaking is more common than any other phobia. If one or more of your classes require you to give a presentation, don’t spend the weeks leading up to the big day feeling stressed. Here are some simple things you can do to overcome your anxiety.

1. Increase Your Self-Confidence

Most often, professors allow their students to choose a presentation topic from a broad range of options. Make sure you pick something that you find interesting and understand well. Your passion for the topic will be obvious when you speak and a thorough understanding will mean you’ll feel less anxious.

2. Take the Attention Away from Yourself

If your source of anxiety is having all your classmates’ eyes on you, prepare a presentation that means your audience will be looking at other things. For instance, you could change PowerPoint slides frequently, incorporate clips from videos, or have physical objects you can hand out. An added benefit is this will make the presentation more interesting and engaging.

3. Expect the Best

Stop thinking about the worse case scenario; instead, imagine the best possible outcome. Remember, since the other people in your class are feeling much the same as you, they’re likely to be supportive.

4. Prepare Yourself Physically

Incorporate aerobic activity into your day to reduce your anxiety. If possible, have a workout at times when you start to worry as well as shortly before your presentation. You will also feel better physically if you eat well. Complex carbohydrates and foods that contain tryptophan (like salmon, turkey, and dairy products) have a calming effect. Sugary foods and caffeine, though, will only add to your anxiety. Avoid any food at all in the hours leading up to your presentation to avoid nausea.

5. Use Relaxation Techniques

Whenever you’re feeling anxious about the presentation, use relaxation techniques. Some useful ones to try include deep muscle relaxation, visualization, and deep breathing.

6. Sleep Enough

You may find it difficult to fall asleep at night before your presentation, but it’s important to at least try to sleep enough. Put away screens at least an hour before bedtime to prevent stimulating your brain and meditate to clear your mind.

7. Choose the Right Clothes

On the day of your presentation, wear an outfit that gives you confidence. You may want to dress a little smarter than you usually do for class, but make sure whatever you wear is comfortable.

Overcoming anxiety about presentations often comes down to practice. This doesn’t just mean finding more opportunities to give presentations, such as in classes and clubs — it can also help if you speak your presentation out loud to yourself. Next, progress to giving the presentation to a group of friends. You can easily do both of these things in your Niagara College student housing if you live at Parkway Lofts. You’ll be able to prepare on your own in your private bedroom and then to a small group in one of our study rooms. Practicing like this will mean you’re prepared to give your presentation to the whole class without feeling overwhelmed by anxiety. Turn your college life around by applying for a lease at Parkway Lofts today.


How to Decide Between Two Career Paths

A difficult thing for many university students is figuring out what career path to pursue after graduation. It’s common to have a couple careers in mind and to be uncertain about which to choose. For instance, one may be a relatively safe choice, whereas the other may be a better fit for your passions. Alternatively, it may be that two careers sound appealing and you’re finding it hard to decide which you like more. Luckily, there are several possible solutions to your dilemma.

1. Take a Career Aptitude Test

It may be helpful to find out what kind of work best suits your personality by taking a career aptitude test. The useful thing about career aptitude tests is they often reveal options you were unaware existed. As well as looking for free tests online, ask your campus career services if your university offers any.

2. Try Out Your Options Through Internships

You can gain a sense of what it would be like to work in both your potential careers by taking internships while you’re still a student. Taking at least one internship should be something you’re considering anyway because it will provide you with valuable experience to include on your resume and help you gain contacts in the industry. In fact, an internship may be a graduation requirement.

For certain types of careers, an internship may not be feasible. An alternative is to contact companies about job shadowing. Bear in mind, some companies don’t advertise formal internship programs but may be willing to set something up for you if they see that you’re enthusiastic.

3. Opt for a Main Career and a Side Hustle

If one of your career options is riskier than the other, a possibility could be to turn this career into a side hustle. You can then use the other career to pay your bills. If you’re successful enough with your side hustle, it could even become your main career in the future. If not, you’ll at least know you tried and have no regrets.

4. Declare a Double Major or a Minor

If you’re worried about committing to a particular career before you’ve had a proper chance to explore all your options, consider a double major. Again, this could be ideal if you’re concerned about your job prospects with a particular career, but it is also a good option if you need more time to figure out what you’ll enjoy more. If your majors are complementary in some way, you could even find a career that combines the two.

The disadvantage of a double major is the heavy course load, especially if you decide on this path late during your time at university. An alternative solution is to pick a minor instead. Although it will hold less weight than a major, it will be great for showing you have broad interests and skills. Plus, it could make you a more favourable candidate than someone who has a single major and no minor.

You’ll open up more possibilities after you graduate if you gain a high GPA. This requires studying hard in your own time. You’ll have a quiet place to study in peace if you move into Parkway Lofts. Our Brock University off-campus housing provides you with either a private bedroom in a shared suite or your own studio apartment.

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7 College-Themed Scary Movies to Watch Before Halloween

A big part of Halloween is watching scary movies, but since there are so many to choose from, it helps to settle on a theme. The perfect theme for students is, of course, college! That way, you’ll be able to relate to the main characters and feel right at home in the story’s setting.

Hold a movie night to watch a few flicks with friends — you may want to turn it into a slumber party afterward to avoid needing to be alone when the lights go out.

1. Flatliners

Worth watching for the all-star cast alone, the 1990 movie “Flatliners” is a psychological horror. A group of medical students who want to find out what happens after death use their medical skills to take it in turns to have near-death experiences. However, they soon get caught up in the experience — with disturbing consequences.

There is also a 2017 remake of the movie with the same name, which has a similar story, but the plot goes in a different direction.

2. Scream 2

Any of the “Scream” movies are essential Halloween classics, but Scream 2 is particularly perfect because it’s set on a college campus. It’s best if everyone has seen the original first because the movie follows on from where the other left off — although with a new, copycat killer.

3. Truth or Dare

A creepy, rather than scary, movie to add to your list is “Truth or Dare.” It’s about some friends at college who want to have one last vacation together before they graduate. They head to Mexico, where they meet a stranger who invites them to play truth or dare. However, as soon as the game starts, they learn it will have a new set of rules: if they don’t complete their truth or dare, they may perish.

4. Happy Death Day

If you’ve always wished “Groundhog Day” was a slasher, look no further than “Happy Death Day.” The movie follows a college student who meets her untimely demise on her birthday — in multiple different ways as she keeps reliving the day. The only way to break free from the loop is to figure out the identity of her killer.

5. Sorority House Massacre

Another slasher, “Sorority House Massacre” begins with a murderous scene and is therefore not for the faint of heart. The story then cuts to years later, when the lone survivor has started an entirely new life and is heading off to college. She ends up joining a sorority that happens to be located in her childhood home, exactly where the murders took place — but she doesn’t remember the house. Her brother, who is now living in a mental facility, senses her presence in their old home. What follows next will have you on the edge of your seat.

6. The House on Sorority Row

A second option if you want a scary movie about a sorority is “The House of Sorority Row.” This cult classic is about a group of sorority sisters who attempt to pull a prank — but it goes horribly wrong and results in a crime they must cover up. However, things turn from bad to worse as each of the sorority sisters is targeted by someone else.

7. The Dorm That Dripped Blood

The original title of this movie is “Pranks,” which does not do it justice at all. “The Dorm That Dripped Blood” gives you a much better idea of what to expect from the movie: it’s one of the goriest on this list. The story is about a group of college kids who are being stalked. Although it’s a low-budget movie, it has a surprise ending that may make it worth watching.

To host a Halloween movie night at your place, you’ll need a spacious apartment near campus. You can find Niagara College student housing that meets your needs at Parkway Lofts. You’ll have a shared or studio apartment, fully furnished with premium finishes. Apply now for the lowest rates of the year.


5 Social Media Trends for Young Professionals to Be Aware Of

Social media is a great tool to market yourself as an up-and-coming professional. However, social media platforms are constantly changing, which means strategies that worked in the past may no longer be effective. Keeping up with trends will help you improve your visibility online to appear to prospective employers and show that you’re social media savvy. Good knowledge of social media could even be enough to put you ahead of other candidates that have more experience than you. Here are some trends to bear in mind as you enter the workforce.

1. Trust Is on the Decline

Users are reporting less trust in social media platforms. The platform with the second largest decline in trust is LinkedIn (beaten only by Instagram). This may be driving the shift toward more personal posts and posts that are free of links.

2. Short-Form Video Reigns

The most consumed type of content on social media is short-form video. Users love pieces of content that provide them with value or entertainment in just a few minutes or seconds. Particularly popular are explainer videos. Whatever the video is about, though, it needs to have a purpose, which usually comes in the form of a call-to-action at the end.

3. Social SEO Is Crucial

For a social media strategy to be effective, the posts need to reach users. This is dependent on search engine optimization (SEO). Although SEO has always mattered, it has become even more important because of how younger people are using social media — namely, for everything. Unlike older generations, Gen Z turns to social media rather than search engines to find information. This has led platforms to put greater emphasis on search algorithms.

4. AI-Generated Content Is Becoming Commonplace

To speed up the content creation process, marketers are using AI. Tools today are powerful enough to create written copy, images, and even videos. However, AI-generated content is not without its disadvantages. For instance, it tends to be more generic, there is a greater risk of errors, and there are sometimes ethical concerns. It’s necessary to balance the benefits of using AI with the drawbacks to decide when it’s appropriate.

5. New Social Media Platforms Are Emerging

It’s too early to say if any of the new social media platforms will be the next big thing or if they’ll all fade out of existence in a few years. However, it’s best to work with the assumption that at least one will be the new TikTok and to learn the ins and outs to become an expert. The main platforms to be aware of are:

Instagram Threads — Immediately after Instagram Threads launched, it gained millions of users. An emerging alternative to Twitter, it allows Instagram users to interact with each other in communities.
Lemon8 — Although Lemon8 has been around for a while, it has taken off recently due to the platform becoming available in the U.S. and UK (users in Canada are still unable to download the app). It features curated video content and images on topics like fashion, beauty, and food.

BeReal — Going against the trends of the rest of the social media world, BeReal is all about posting unfiltered photos. The app prompts users to take and upload an image during a random two-minute interval each day.

Mastodon Social — Many users are leaving Twitter and heading over to Mastodon Social. The decentralized platform is ideal for microblogging on a range of topics and interests.

Just as important to your success as a young professional as being able to use social media is who you know. There are all sorts of ways to expand your network, including by meeting more people in your everyday life, such as in your student housing. For Brock University off-campus housing, there’s Parkway Lofts. Our luxury student apartments are a great way to meet other young professionals attending schools nearby. You can network in the multiple common areas, including the multipurpose room, fitness centre, commercial-style kitchen, and lounge. Book a tour to check out our floor plans and facilities before you move in.


How to Find & Pursue Your Passions at College

Discovering your passions and pursuing them is no easy task. It means stepping out of your comfort zone, pushing yourself through difficult situations, and spending time reflecting. Ultimately, though, it’s worthwhile because it will put you on a path to self-fulfillment.

1. Understand What Passions Are

Before anything else, let’s talk about what “passions” truly mean. For starters, they are related to your interests — the activities you most enjoy doing and talking about. Next, it’s necessary to consider your values. These are the principles that guide your life and matter most to you. Explore organizations on campus to see if there are any that reflect your values (the likelihood is there’s at least one). Finally, your passions should relate to your strengths. You may be naturally good at a skill or be willing to learn it. In addition to hard skills, think about what soft skills you excel in, such as creativity, teamwork, conflict resolution, or problem solving.

2. Think About Why

If you already know what career path you want to take, it’s useful to think about why you want to pursue this career. Identify the aspects of the career you’re passionate about. These will often be the impact of the work. Understanding your underlying passions could reveal alternative career opportunities you hadn’t considered.

3. Network with Professionals

Once you’ve discovered your passions, it’s time to find ways to pursue them. Connections in your industry are invaluable for this purpose. Whereas you’ll meet some people organically (such as on campus and during your internships), you also need an active approach. Search online or use LinkedIn to find professionals you can reach out to and ask them for advice. Specifically, find out how they arrived where they are today and whether they have any tips for you. You’ll likely find that many people are happy to help students who are just starting out in their careers.

4. Believe in Yourself

People often give up on their passions because they believe they won’t succeed. It’s important to acknowledge that difficulties along the way are inevitable. You may struggle to pass a class that’s a requirement for your major, be rejected for your dream internship or graduate program, or discover that certain skills are harder to learn than you expected.

The important thing is to not give up entirely. In some cases, you may need to rethink your career path. However, if you do this with your passions in mind, you’ll still feel fulfilled.

5. Keep Your Options Open

If your passions could lead to a number of careers, keep your options open from the start to improve your chances of success. This is also a good idea if you’re still unsure about your passions and want to spend more time exploring ideas before you commit to anything in particular.
One way to do this is to choose a broad major. However, you could also declare a minor or even pursue a double major. In addition, you can gain plenty of valuable skills and experience through volunteer work, extracurriculars, and diverse electives.

Don’t make college into too much of a chore — finding your passions, meeting other people, and even engaging with your schoolwork should be enjoyable. This is more likely to be the case when you improve your living situation. Upgrade your Niagara College student housing by moving into Parkway Lofts. You’ll have your own room or studio apartment located just a short drive from campus in a building packed with great amenities, ranging from a fitness center and study rooms to a common area lounge and commercial-style kitchen. Apply now to take advantage of the lowest rates all year.


8 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Hometown Friends This Summer

You’ve been away from your hometown friends for at least one semester, perhaps for almost an entire year. Now summer is finally here, you need to think of some creative ways to spend time together to have the most fun possible. Here are a few ideas to consider.

1. Attend an Outdoor Concert

There are always outdoor concerts happening over the summer. Check if any of your favourite bands are playing — perhaps you could even go to a festival to see several bands.

2. Spend the Time at the Beach from Sunset to Sunrise

Organize a fun-packed afternoon at the beach doing all your favourite activities, whether that’s swimming, cliff diving, volleyball, or just lying back on the sand and listening to the sounds of the waves. Stay at least until dusk and watch the sunset. If possible, camp overnight on the beach to sleep under the stars and wake up to the sunrise.

3. Go to a Waterpark

Another way to enjoy the water is to go to your local waterpark. Pick a day that’s likely to be hot and use the opportunity to cool off.

4. Take a Drive Around Your Hometown

If you’ve been away from your hometown for some time, rediscover all your old hangout spots and other top sites with a drive. You could also do some exploring to see if there are any interesting places you’ve neglected to visit in the past, perhaps in nearby towns.

5. Find a Drive-In Movie

Check if there are any drive-in movies screening near you over the summer. It’s ideal to watch a movie you’ve already seen, since you may be distracted at times if you’re with several friends. To make the evening a success, bring plenty of snacks.

6. Play Outdoors

You’re still close enough to being a kid that you get summer breaks from school. Connect with your inner child by playing games outdoors with your friends. You could set up your own games or head to a miniature golf course.

7. Watch an Entire Series

Choose a series neither you nor your friends have watched yet (and is likely to be good) and watch it from start to finish. Depending on how long the series is, this may take several days — which just gives you more excuse to keep meeting up.

8. Take a Photo a Day

Create a collage for your student apartment by taking pictures of you and your friends every day over the summer. If there are some days you’re unable to meet your friends, you can always take a picture with a family member or pet instead. In either case, you’ll have a piece of artwork full of memories at the end of the summer.

Before your summer is over, start thinking about where you’ll live next semester. Parkway Lofts has Brock University off-campus housing — we still have spots available for the fall. When you have one of our spacious shared suites or a studio apartment to yourself, you’ll have plenty of room to invite your hometown friends over for a weekend. Book a tour to visit us before you sign a lease.


6 Dollar Store Hacks for Student Apartments

It’s expensive being a student — what with tuition, books, housing, and living costs. You also need to decorate your apartment to make it feel like home and express your personal style. Whereas this could cost you a lot, it’s possible to create decor using nothing more than items from the dollar store. In fact, you have numerous options, meaning you can achieve the look you want. Here are some low-cost items to try for yourself.

1. Bohemian Mirror

You may have seen Bohemian mirrors for sale and wanted one for yourself but found them too expensive. The good news is you can easily make one using dollar store materials. Attach raffia or even strips of cardboard from an old box to a wreath ring the same size as your mirror using a lark’s head knot. Once the entire wreath is covered, glue it to the rim of your mirror, being careful to keep the front of the mirror clear of glue drips. Hang the mirror on your wall to instantly give your bedroom a Bohemian look.

2. Picture Frame Message Board

You can create an attractive message out of nothing more than a basic picture frame and some paint. Simply paint the backing for the frame with streaks and swirls in a couple colours, then place the glass on the front. Use whiteboard markers to write notes. You can use your message board to communicate with your roommates, write a to-do list, or come up with a daily affirmation to inspire you.

3. Inflatable Chair

For more seating on a tight budget, look for an inflatable chair or couch. A clear or transparent one will look great in photo shoots.

4. Pencil Holder Propagation Station

Your apartment may not feel complete without some plants, but full-size houseplants can be expensive. Save money by sharing cuttings with friends — it’s also more satisfying to know you grew the plant yourself from since it was tiny. Create a propagation station using a pencil holder, putting plant cuttings into the tubes. You can then attach the pencil holder to the wall or keep it on your desk where you’ll remember to refresh the water regularly.

5. Adhesive Tile

Jazz up your bathroom or kitchen with some adhesive tile. This is ideal for above the sink or towel rack on top of the tile that’s already there. It won’t cause any damage (you can just peel it off when you move out) and it’s a great way of expressing your personal style in more of the rooms in your apartment.

6. Wooden Box Shelves

To add more shelving, purchase some wooden boxes and glue them together. They may look fine as plain wood or you may like to paint them a colour to complement the rest of your room. They’re ideal for adding some extra storage in your bedroom or living room.

You can also reduce housing expenses by moving into a more affordable apartment. Parkway Lofts offers Niagara College student housing to suit your budget. Choose between one-bedroom studios and two- to four-bedroom suites. All come fully furnished and give you access to great amenities like a fitness center, study rooms, and common kitchen. Book a tour to be one of the first to see our brand-new housing.