Dating can be intimidating, maybe it’s your first date, or you’re nervous about going out into the world after over a year of minimal social interaction, or maybe you just feel like you’ve run out of original ideas of how to spend time with that special someone.
Check out these original date ideas for teens that won’t break the bank, but will have a big payoff in fun!
In this post:
- First date ideas for teens
- Fun dates ideas for teens
- Cheap dates ideas for teens
- Cute date ideas for teens
First Date Ideas For Teens
All first dates come with their required amount of awkwardness, but here are some date ideas that may just be able to minimize some of the awkward – or at least make you have enough time to embrace it!
1. Mini Golf
Now, this is one of my personal favorites.
It has the right balance of giving you both something to do and to keep the conversation going, but it’s not too much work – nobody wants to get sweaty on a first date (at least I don’t).
It’s also one of the perfect dates to have a good laugh: bumping into mirrors, completely missing the ball, tripping on the course… you name it.
Mini golf is a great way to relieve some of that teenage first date stress and just have a good time!
Getting a coffee or a quick bite to eat is always a safe bet.
Picking a place you feel comfortable in already or a place you really love (*cough* Starbucks for me) is a good way to take away some of those normal teenage first date jitters.
There’s a reason why going out to eat is such a popular option, and that’s because it’s easy to worry about everything else going into a first date, so you may as well have a good meal too!
Really though, going out in public always helps some of the awkward first date conversations happen more naturally.
Another absolute favorite of mine – but that might just be because I’m competitive.
Going to an arcade means there’s never a dull moment, you’ll always have something to do if the conversation starts to lag and it’s honestly just an awesome time!
Like eating out, every teen movie features a first date that includes going to the movies simply because it’s fun!
For shy people, it’s a great way to spend time with your date and see what they’re like one on one without having to be talking every second.
Tip: try getting to the theater early or staying a bit after it’s over, take a little stroll, or just sit and talk.
Hopefully, conversation sparks itself, but if nothing else at least you have a movie to talk about!
5. Game Night
Whether you choose a board game or Head’s Up! from the app store, a game night at home is a very relaxed way to have fun.
Perhaps going to an arcade isn’t your jam, but you still want to have something to do – BOOM! Game night.
Maybe you’re nervous about other people being around all the teenage first date awkwardness, or maybe you just want to stay comfy at home, it’s all the fun without having to go out and pay for an arcade… and who doesn’t love a good board game?
These skates are perfect for a snowy first date in the winter or an indoor first date year-round, ice skating or rollerblading is bound for some laughs.
If one or both of you are new to skating, it’s a fun way to try something out of your comfort zone and have a good laugh. If you’re both pros, you can race each other. It’s a win-win in my book!
Get your own skates:
This one is kind of like going to the movies, but with a lot more standing.
There is nothing more fun than dancing around at a concert with someone you like, and it’s great for you and your date to bond over a common interest.
As the world starts to open back up more and more every day, keep your eye out for the perfect first date concerts!
8. Try Something Completely New For Both Of You
Going on a first date with someone is enough of an adventure, I know, but you could try going out of your comfort zone together!
This can be something as simple as trying a pottery or cooking class together, bowling for the first time, or going to a haunted house or ghost tour.
It’s easy to get creative with this, just start by asking “what’s something you’ve always wanted to try, but never have?” and go from there! It’s a great way to see what your date is interested in and will be a story you’ll never forget.
The best way to make sure you don’t just sit and stare at one another is by taking a little outdoor adventure like taking a walk, riding a bike, hiking, swimming, anything you want!
Get your own boots:
10. Go To An Escape Room
Now, this is one of my favorite ideas!
As a teenager, I was an absolute sucker for an escape room. They’re super fun, competitive, and a great way to get to know how someone acts under pressure right off the bat.
It makes for a great story whether you escape or not! Maybe even the person who finds the last clue chooses where to go for ice cream after!
Fun Date Ideas For Teens
11. Make Your Own Obstacle Course
Grab anything you can use around the house and put together your own obstacle course! It can be as easy or as hard as you choose, and it’s guaranteed to make you laugh.
If you’re inside, move the furniture around and make a little path, put some signs up throughout with activities like jumping jacks, or maybe you have to throw a ping-pong ball into a cup to pass that obstacle.
Make it super creative with whatever kinds of activities you both enjoy (or hate) and race to see who can finish it first!
For an outdoor obstacle course, it’s pretty much the same thing. You could carry a hard-boiled egg on a spoon to the finish line, or see who can make 20 baskets with a basketball and run to the end of the street the fastest.
Go try to find Nemo! Really, an aquarium is a lot of fun to explore.
Going to the aquarium is like learning, but not really, and it’s a cool way to learn more about something with your date!
To make it more of an adventure, you can research what kinds of cool fish you want to see and have a little self-made scavenger hunt.
You can also try to find fish that look like each other, which is absolutely hilarious!
13. Haunted Places
Research haunted locations in your town that have tours and go on some! If you can, explore them on your own… or if you’re too scared, like me, maybe just stick with the tours.
It’s a super cool way to learn more about places around you and, of course, you can cuddle up together when things get too scary.
14. Go To The Gym
Maybe you’re a super athletic couple or you just want to work on yourself but hate going to the gym alone (like me).
Going to the gym together can give you that little extra motivation to get up and get moving, but it’s also a super fun way to spend time together that’s different from the usual movie night.
Get your own gym clothes:
15. Sports Game
This is a super fun option because it’s a date where you can support your school, a favorite team, or maybe just go enjoy some time out together.
Find a sport or a team you’re both interested in, or just go enjoy some delicious arena food together!
My partner is a huge soccer fan and watching games with him has been a great way to experience something he loves.
Even if you aren’t super into sports, the energy at sports games is bound to be a good time.
16. Amusement Park
What says romance more than riding roller coasters until you feel sick? Really though, amusement parks are so much fun for a date.
If you aren’t into rides, there are plenty of games to play and prizes to win, because what teenager doesn’t want a giant stuffed bear or goldfish?
There’s nothing better than a good adventure date, and kayaking is just that!
Search up some local lakes or rivers you can kayak at together, usually, locations will have kayaks available to rent.
From there, you can take a little lunch to eat together, just make sure you have the right kind of bag like the one above to take with you to make sure your valuables are protected from the water.
18. Stand-up Show
Does your date have the best laugh in the world? Go to a stand-up show so you can hear it all evening!
Whether it’s a well-known comedian or someone trying to get their big break, a local stand-up show is bound to give you and your date a good laugh.
19. State Or National Park
Hike through a state park! There are usually tons of trails for beginners or advanced hikers, and you guys can spend the day at one with nature.
Google the kinds of plants or animals that are common in that area and then you can have a makeshift scavenger hunt along the way.
20. Go To The Fair
If you’re on a budget, fairs tend to be more lowkey and less expensive. Check out when your town is hosting a carnival and enjoy a night of rides, fried food, games and tons of fun.
My personal favorite ride is the Ferriswheel; it’s perfect for a full view of the fair and is absolutely beautiful during sunset!
Also, if you don’t get some kind of fried dessert, did you even go to the fair?
21. Play Video Games
I’m not sure if any other partner enjoys video games as much as mine does, but I can tell you that as soon as I sat down to (try) to learn how to play a game or two, I had a blast.
Whether you’re playing against each other or on the same team, your date will probably love teaching and making fun of you, and you will love learning how to do something they enjoy.
Highly recommend it!
22. 5-minute Crafts
Look up “5-minute crafts” on YouTube and watch people try the most ridiculous life hacks. Then, pick out a few and get the supplies to try them!
A lot of times you have everything you need right at home, and it’s hilarious how they turn out.
Or try your hand at some of the fun and unique craft kits there are on Amazon!
Get your own craft kit:
In my humble opinion, there is nothing cuter than a matching couple.
And no, not completely coordinated outfits or the shirts that say, “I’m with her,” but something a little more subtle.
Here’s a tie-dye kit you can get off Amazon and you can pick certain colors you want to use to make the shirt your own!
Then, once you’re done, you can go out together with your new matching shirt.
Get your own tie-dye kit:
24. Try The Other’s Favorite Hobby
For me, this means learning how to play soccer and my partner either reading or learning how to knit – I’ll let him choose.
Learning something that your partner enjoys can be an incredibly special way to spend time with the person you’re dating.
You can understand what makes them so special, and you might even gain a new hobby!
25. Build Legos
Because every teen has that little kid still in them that loves building Legos, why not do this with your special someone?
This is a Lego kit you could use to build your own little town, or whatever else you desire.
Get your own legos:
Maybe your inner child doesn’t like building Legos but loves the outdoors, head to a park together.
Hold hands while swinging, take turns going down the slide. Let your inner child run free together!
Here are some good couples’ game night packs you can find on Amazon! If none of these floats your boat, card games are another great option.
A game night is a relaxing, yet fun way for you and your date to spend time together… the person with the most consecutive wins picks the movie?
Get your own card game:
28. Hit Up A Local Pool
Mermaids! Just kidding… unless…
But really, going to the pool is another great way to spend time with that special someone.
Whether you’re someone who likes to get in and splash around or sit on the side with a good book, a pool date is a super fun way to get out of the house together.
Pinterest has a bunch of fun scavenger hunt lists, like the one above, for places like Target, Walmart, or the mall.
If you aren’t a fan of these, make your own list and spend the day roaming around a certain store or area in your hometown where the goal is to find everything on the list.
Head to a craft store and have each of you pick out your favorite type of fabric, whether it’s a solid color or a pattern, and get a couple of yards of each (I would ask an attendant how much exactly depending on how big you want the blanket to be).
Cheap Date Ideas For Teens
Odds are, in your teens you don’t have a bunch of money to be spending on special dates all the time.
Luckily, here are some cheaper options for dates that guarantee just as much, if not more, fun than expensive options.
31. Rock-paper-scissors Dinner
This is a super fun and inexpensive way to have a dinner date adventure.
Start each round by playing rock-paper-scissors; first-round winner picks appetizer, second-round winner chooses the main course, third-round winner decides dessert!
You can go as expensive/inexpensive as you want, and still have a fun time driving around and deciding where to go!
32. Paint Together
There are a bunch of cute painting tutorials on the internet, here is one of my personal favorites. Head to a local craft store or Target and pick up supplies.
I love to mess around with different colors as a way to show my personal style.
Make it even more special by giving each other the final product!
Get your own paint set:
33. Mall Fashion Show
Head to the mall and pick out outfits for each other at different stores!
It’s a great way to see if you know your date’s style, or to get them into something completely different, or just downright funny.
34. Thrift Shop
More inexpensive than a mall, a thrift shop! It’s crazy how many good finds there are at a local Goodwill or another thrift store. Go try on items you would’ve never thought you’d like.
Make sure you and your date don’t just look at clothes though, there are plenty of interesting little knick-knacks to sort through, too.
Bonus date: buy something, take it home and turn it into something else together!
35. Plan A Vacation
Let’s face it, while in your teens you probably won’t be going on a cool couple’s European vacation any time soon, but there’s no harm in looking around!
See what places you and your partner have on your to-do list and plan an entire trip.
It’s a super fun way to see what kinds of activities you’re both into when you’re in vacation mode.
Who knows, maybe you can even start saving up little by little until one day you really can go on that vacation!
36. Play “Would You Rather”
I know, this totally sounds like middle school.
But it really is fun! Picking out funny or ridiculous “would you rather” questions is an entertaining way to get to know the weirdest details about the person you’re dating.
You can also do this from anywhere… driving around, eating snacks on the couch, taking a walk. It’s like a date within a date.
I love a good list, and the only thing better than having one list? Having multiple.
Sit down with some fun colored paper, pencils, pens, markers and any other crafting material your heart desires, and start making different bucket lists.
Anything from relationship goals you want, certain dates you want to go on in the future, or even a list of shows you want to watch together.
This can be a great way to both have fun and think about the future together while also getting a bit more personal and sharing your goals with the person you’re seeing.
38. Build A Puzzle
What I love about this date is that it can be as intense or laid back as you want. Do you want to try to tackle a 1,000-piece puzzle, or maybe just stick to 100? Totally up to you!
Pick out a good playlist, break out the snacks and just spend time together.
Bonus points if you put your phones away for as long as it takes to finish it!
Get your own puzzle:
39. Find A New Favorite Show Together
Teens have a lot going on. From school, jobs, sports, family, friends… sometimes when you’re dating someone all you want is time to relax and to spend time with that person.
Finding a show you’re both interested in that you can set aside time to watch together is a great way to spend time with that person and to also just take a beat from your busy life.
Getting out into the great outdoors is a great date when you’re not wanting to spend a lot, or any, money.
Taking the time to get out, decompress and just talk with your date is a good way to just get away for a bit. Also, let’s face it, I’m a sucker for good couples-hiking pictures.
41. Run Errands That You Don’t Want To Do
This one might be a little more practical, but teens are busy! Maybe you have some running around to do but also just want to spend time with that special someone. Do both!
Hop in the car, run your errands, and maybe pick up a bite to eat when you’re done.
It might not seem like the most glamorous date, but who needs glamour when you’re with the person you’re crushin’ on?
Pretty self-explanatory… also pretty darn cute. Pick songs that make you smile, that remind you of them, hype songs, songs you even think they’ll hate to just have a good laugh.
I have a playlist with all the songs my boyfriend has ever shown me, and when we’re apart sometimes I’ll listen to it and remember all the times we listened to them together… it’s the date that keeps on going!
Make your own playlist:
43. Use That Playlist And Drive Around
Going off #12, as soon as you’re done with that playlist, drive around and experience it together!
That way when you listen to it when you’re not together, you can remember how cute or completely ridiculous your date looked while singing all the lyrics wrong.
A bit more general, but just as successful as a date! My go-to that I really want to try is bracelet making.
Amazon has some cute bracelet kits!
The point is, find something you both want to try and it’s a date you can do over and over again: trying something new together and mastering a new skill.
Get your own jewelry making kit:
45. Movie Marathon
Pick a series of movies like Harry Potter or Marvel (my personal favorite) and try to watch as many movies in that series in a day as you can.
A little pre-date can be getting all the necessary snacks to get you through the day.
If you’re not a big series fan, pick 4-5 movies that you either have or haven’t seen and watch them together! Just as much fun, with a little more decision-making.
46. Make A Fort
Want to have a lazy, rainy day? Grab a bunch of pillows, blankets, anything else you can get your hands on, and make a fort.
Cuddle up, tell stories and just laugh!
There’s a popular belief that you have to DO something on a date when sometimes the most fun thing to do with your partner is just with them, all cozied up and forgetting about responsibility for a bit… you might as well do that in a fort.
47. Write Each Other Letters For Future Events
As someone in a long-distance relationship, this is one of my favorite dates. It can be really special in the moment to look up at the person you’re dating and write what you want them to know in the future, whether you’re in person or not.
It also makes for a fun future date when you open the letters and read them… bring tissues.
I don’t know a single teen who doesn’t like to color, and if you say you don’t, you’re lying. What’s there not to like? It’s super fun and relaxing!
Grab some crayons and pick out a coloring book for each other. Maybe turn on that movie you picked to watch together, or that TV series you’re binge-watching, and color while you watch.
Bonus points if you finish the coloring book (eventually, maybe not all in one sitting) and give it to your partner!
Get your own coloring book:
This is another date that keeps on giving. Go to the store and pick out whatever kind of bin you like.
Go through your stuff and pick items that remind you of other dates, of your partner in general, or things about yourself that you want to look back on in the future.
Occasionally, come back to your capsule and spend a few hours adding to it.
Eventually, go through it together! Again, you might want to bring tissues.
We saved the cutest date ideas for last. Cute date. Cute animals.
You may even fall in love with an adorable animal and decide to take one home!
Related: 10 Fun Ideas For Dating In College
Cute Date Ideas For Teens
These are the most Instagram-able dates on this list. The cute dates that make everyone else without a date feel super single.
51. Picnic Date
Put together a photo-worthy charcuterie board, or grab some fast food on the way, and find yourself a cute little spot in a park to set down a blanket and spend time together.
It can be as fancy or as low-key as you want, because at the end of the day, what matters is that you and your date are having a good time.
Have a fun time getting ready together and picking out each other’s outfits. Research some of the cutest places around you to take pictures and have a couple’s photoshoot.
It’s even more fun if you can get a friend to take the pictures of you, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with self-timer pictures, too.
Bonus tip: take a video of you and your person together in different spots, doing different poses.
Once you’re home, go through and screenshot the best poses and BOOM! Couples’ photoshoot complete!
53. Go To An Orchard
This might be more of a seasonal thing, but orchards in the fall are so beautiful. In the fall, go to a pumpkin patch and pick out ones to carve.
Maybe get a nice warm cup of apple cider and go on a hayride. It’s incredibly cute and definitely a memorable time for you and your date.
54. Art Museum
Feeling a bit classy?
Check out an art museum in your city! Also, look out for discounts or free passes for students, some art museums know teens can’t spend a bunch of money on a ticket.
Roam around and explore different kinds of art, maybe even take some pictures of each other imitating some pieces, because if you don’t do that… Did you even go to an art museum?
Channel your inner Great British Baking Show skills and make some cookies, brownies, a cake, a pie, literally anything your heart desires!
Pinterest has some sweet and simple recipes, and you can spend time decorating together, too.
The best part is you get to eat your treats afterward! A cute date and dessert? Can’t get better than that.
Grab a blanket and find somewhere with a good view to watch the sunset. Pick up a pizza on the way and enjoy watching the colors of the sky change right before your eyes.
If you’re feeling bold and aren’t grumpy in the mornings, head out super early, pick up some breakfast and watch the sunrise!
The same beautiful view, and it definitely calls for a nice afternoon nap later on.
57. Tour Guide Of Your Favorite Places
Whether your favorite place is your hometown, a town 10 miles away, or the library down the street, take your date to one of your favorite spots and be their tour guide.
I loved showing my partner around my hometown, saying, “That’s my favorite restaurant, that’s a park where I sat and ate donuts.”
It’s a fun way to show your date a piece of you, and you can take turns being each other’s tour guides!
Bonus point if you walk backward like college tour guides around a campus!
58. Mini Road Trip
While a cross-country road trip sounds like fun, it might not be the most feasible.
Pick out a place an hour or two away from home that the both of you have never been to and go exploring.
Take some snacks, make a cute playlist and jam out the whole way there.
You can make a bucket list of things you want to see or do while you’re there, so you know you aren’t missing anything!
Grab a blanket and just lay down and look at the sky together. It’s incredible the kind of piece you can feel when you’re just looking at the stars.
Take turns finding constellations, and if you’re like me and can never find them, look up a constellations guide to help you out!
60. Botanical Garden
Kind of like the orchards, but a more fun, seasonal spring date. Get dressed up and find flowers that remind you of each other!
61. Drive-in Movie
Find a couple of blankets and some snacks and settle in at a drive-in movie. It’s all the fun of a movie night with a hint of cute-couple-adventure!
Even though most people love a good carry-out pizza favorite, try making your own!
Definitely big bonus points if you try to make your own dough, but you can always pick some up at the store if that’s more your style.
Pick out a bunch of different toppings, experiment with different combinations and have an entire pizza night feast with a good movie!
63. Spa Day/Night
If you can do a spa day at a professional location, that’s incredible! If you’re like me, and most teens, though, that’s a little bit too expensive.
Luckily for us, Amazon has these cute kits you can buy to have an at home spa day!
You can personalize it as much as you want, maybe even pick out some nail polish to paint your nails, or a hair mask if you’re feeling fancy. Just remember, cucumbers on the eyes are a must.
Get your own spa kit:
64. “Reminds You Of Each Other” Shopping Spree
This is one of my favorite ideas. Pick a bunch of different categories like favorite food, color, drink, something soft, something weird, a toy… you choose!
Then, head to the store and split up and buy something that reminds you of your date for each of those categories.
Make sure you check out at different times and hide everything in bags, and then once you get home you can show what you got for each other!
Head to a local plant shop and find something you both think is beautiful- a tree, flower, bush, you decide.
Find a place where you can plant it together, maybe even try to have it be somewhere that is meaningful to you both.
Then, it becomes a place you can always go back to and watch the plant grow.
66. Portraits Of Each Other
Check out this drawing kit and consider having a little friendly drawing competition.
As someone who can’t draw at all, it’s a hilarious way to show off your (perhaps lack of) drawing skills and be silly together.
67. Chopped, At-home Edition
Pick either appetizer or main course and dessert, or all three if you’re really feeling bold, and decide who is going to cook each meal.
Then, head to the store to get ingredients for the other person. That person has an hour (or more if you need it, it really doesn’t have to be intense) to cook their meal for two using those ingredients.
68. Go To A Nice Dinner Together
If you’re able to set some money aside over time, go out to a nice dinner together to relax and treat yourself after a stressful week!
You can share appetizers and/or your meals, and just enjoy some intimate time together doing something special.
Taking time to treat yourself as a couple is a huge part in making sure you have things to look forward to, no matter how big or small the date is.
69. Motorized Scooters
Rent a motorized scooter in your city and ride around on them! It can be super fun to act as a tourist in your own city, especially when you do it on a scooter.
Race each other, make laps around a park and just let loose for a bit.
If you can get your hands on a projector, that’s great! If not, a laptop works perfectly!
Pick a movie, grab some cozy blankets, probably some bug spray and enjoy a movie while out under the stars!
Final Thoughts on Date Ideas for Teens
Dating is hard for everyone, but especially teenagers when you don’t know what to do or don’t have a lot of spending money.
These dates are customizable to fit you and your date in a way that’ll push you to try new things!
Whether it’s a date off this list or a variation of them, what matters is that you’re spending time with someone you care about and having a good time together.
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50 Best College Apartment Decor Ideas – The Ultimate Guide
Are you having trouble thinking of college dorm room decor items to spice up your space? We’ve got you covered! Check out the best college apartment decor ideas.
So, you are moving out of your dorm room or out of your parent’s house for the first time. There is a lot to be excited about, but it can also be an incredibly nerve-wracking experience.
Moving out is a step toward independence; you finally have your own space and the ability to decorate it any way you want. But with so many options it can be difficult to figure out where to start.
First, what is your style? Minimalistic, rustic, bright, dark, rainbow, monochrome? College apartment decor can be overwhelming, but once you get started the fun begins and it all falls into place.
In this article, I have provided 50 of the best college apartment decor ideas. If you pick from these ideas to get started, I am sure that your apartment is going to look amazing!
Do you have multiple roommates? Do you have a tendency to misplace your keys? Are you not sure what to do with mail until you want to go through it?
Then this mail and key organizer wall mount is the perfect college apartment decor item. The mount has several keys for you, your roommates and even guests to hang up their keys upon walking inside.
That way you know exactly where your keys are when you need to leave again. It also has a slot for you to place any mail in.
You can put any mails that are not yours until your roommate gets home, your bills can stay there until you are ready to pay them, or even just a place for the coupons that are sent in the mail that you may or may not use.
This would be perfect right next to the front door, for easy access upon arriving home and leaving. We have a holder with slots for our mail and mail box key right next to our front door at my apartment and it has become very useful. I have no doubt, this wall mount would be just as useful.
Who does not love trying some new cocktail recipes. I know in our apartment, we love finding new drinks to make and try. This next decor idea will help provide you with some go to cocktail recipes.
This art print has recipes to several classic cocktails that you can make at home. This can be hung up in your kitchen for easy access whenever you are in the mood for a drink.
Not only is it decorative, but it is also helpful. You can even create a fun little alcohol section in your kitchen with the poster and any alcohol and cups you may have. It can be your own little cocktail bar in your apartment.
One of the key features in my apartment bedroom is all of the photos I have put up on my walls. I love covering my walls in memories with my friends and family from over the years.
I think it gives a personal touch to the room. This is why these LED color-changing photo clip lights are a fantastic college apartment decor idea.
This next decoration idea goes along with the cocktail recipe sign. This is a simple wooden sign with white lettering. The sign has a statement that many college students can relate to.
It says, “Alcohol because no great story ever started with someone eating a salad”.
You can put this near the drink recipe art print and it will let whoever goes over there that having one of the drinks on the art print that a great story may come out of the night. Wooden signs are a simple common decoration. This one is perfect for your college apartment.
Finally moving into your own place is exciting. However, it is important to keep yourself organized. Stay organized when bills are due, when you need to buy groceries and when you have classes.
Maybe you have people who want to visit, you need to know when they are coming. If you are living with roommates it is important to know when they may have visitors or if they will be gone etc.
This is why this magnetic dry erase calendar is a great addition to any college apartment. You can have one in your room for your own schedule and/or one in your kitchen for you and your roommates to use.
Each person can have a different color, and one for things that affect everyone. Mark when bills are due, when you want to get the cleaning done, if you are going out of town.
I have used something similar in the past and it can be helpful when you are living with multiple people. Plus, each month you just erase and write in new dates. Saves wasting a paper calendar and can be used year after year.
Decorative pillows are a staple in any apartment or home. This is why your apartment cannot be any different. However, you cannot just have any boring decorative pillow.
This pillow has a take on the phrase “home sweet home”, with the phrase, “apartment sweet apartment”. It has a cute floral apartment that will add some color to your apartment.
It also sends a welcoming message to anyone who walks into your apartment. It sends the message that it is a homey and loving place. A place that you can go to feel comfortable. Plus, if you want to take a nap on your couch, it can be used as your nap pillow.
If you are like me, then you have many things that you like to keep in your bathroom and struggle to find the perfect way to keep them organized.
However, with this next college apartment decor idea, you may find the perfect way to keep your bathroom organized. You can get these jars personalized with whatever you want.
You can get your initials, name, the name of what you want to put in the jar. Plus, they are large enough to hold anything you may need them to hold.
You can put hair ties, clips, q-tips, combs, bath bombs, etc. You can use one or multiple, whatever fits your needs. They are simple and cute, the perfect item for helping to organize and decorate your new bathroom.
Do you have several bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, scrubs, loofahs, etc., cluttering your shower? Do you want a better way to keep everything organized?
Then you will love this next college apartment decor idea. This corner shower caddy is the perfect addition to any college apartment shower.
It can be placed in the shower and the shelves can adjust to the height needed based on the size of your items. Easily access what you need when you need it.
You can organize the shelves however you would like as well. I have a smaller caddy in my shower and it is very helpful. I know where everything is and can easily access whatever I need. So, you for sure benefit from this shower caddy.
These aesthetic wall collages are on the rise over the last few years. I will say, I love the idea and think it is a great way to decorate your room.
You can pick whatever color combination or vibe fits you the best. You can for black and white, yellow, rainbow, blue, whatever fits you.
All you need is a free space on your wall. It can be whatever size you want. You can put a small or large collage in whatever space is open.
Plus, the premade kits take away the time-consuming work of finding pictures that fit the aesthetic you want. All you need to do is put up the collage.
This is a simple and creative way of showing off your personality in your brand new room in your brand-new college apartment.
This next college apartment decor idea will go nicely next to the cocktail recipe poster and near the alcohol wooden sign. Many college students have experienced a hangover or two during their college years.
This is why this hangover cure sign will make a great addition to your apartment. This fun poster provides a list of several unique cures for the dreaded hangover.
These cures come from different countries around the world. Many of these cures, you most likely have not heard of before. So put this poster up and try the different cures listed over your time in your apartment. You can even mark the effectiveness.
If you have been in or seen a picture of any college dorm room or bedroom in recent years, then you may have noticed that tapestries are a common decor item. They come in a variety of designs, colors, sizes, patterns, etc.
You can find one that fits your personality. You can find one in your favorite color, the color scheme of your apartment or bedroom, a fun pattern or a design like a sky or flowers.
This is an easy way to decorate several spaces in your apartment. You can put one in your living room, bedroom, hallway, etc. They can be hung up easily with a command strip as well.
They are also inexpensive. Making this an easy, and cost-saving decoration idea.
So, you are moving into your new apartment and you want to get some plants to bring some life into the apartment. However, you have never owned a plant before and fear you may kill it quickly.
Well, then I have the perfect idea for you. Get some succulents. They do not require a lot of water. Just water them every once in a while. They are perfect for those who are not experienced in taking care of plants.
They are simple and low maintenance. They are also good to place around the apartment to bring some green into the place.
13. Welcome Mat
This is a must-have in any home or apartment. This mat not only sends a welcome message to whoever enters our apartment, but it also provides something for you and your guests to wipe off any dirt on their shoes before they walk into your place.
You can have some fun with this welcome mat. You can keep it simple with just welcome, you can personalize it with a fun message, you can have your name on there, make it a bright color, etc.
Whatever direction you choose to take, just make sure it fits your personality. It does not have to be extravagant if that is not what you want. At my apartment, we have a mat that says home with the outline of Ohio as the ‘o’ because we are from Ohio. Just make sure the mat reflects you.
14. Artificial Vines
This next college apartment decor idea is versatile. These artificial vines can be used all over your apartment. You can use it as garland on railings, you can hang it on your walls, place around furniture, twist it together and create cool designs.
The possibilities are endless. This idea will let you use your creativity to do some interior decorating. You can use some of it, or all of it. It is also not expensive. You can get over two hundred feet of the vines for ten dollars.
Allowing for many options for decorations for a low price. It cannot get better than that.
15. CD Wall Poster
If you are obsessed with music like I am, then this is the perfect decoration for you. This poster displays several pink CDs on a pink background. You can hang this up in your apartment to showcase your love of music.
It is generic so anyone who likes music can appreciate it. You can hang it up on your walls or you can place it on a table. Either way, it makes for a great decoration in your apartment.
If you have anything else related to music like a record player or speaker, you can put it near there to create a music corner in your apartment. Alone or with other music items, this poster makes for a fantastic addition to your apartment decor.
Of course, your apartment is going to need lighting. This is why this next suggestion is a great idea for your college apartment decor. This floor lamp doubles as shelves.
Having furniture and decorations that serve multiple purposes is great, especially when you do not have a lot of space. You can place this lamp in a corner or against a wall and use the shelves for storage, to display anything, you can put baskets there for items, books, plants, whatever you want.
This lamp almost serves as an end table as well as a lamp in one. You can keep it simple and make it more decorative with what you have on the shelves, or it can serve as more of a storage item.
Either way, the lamp will provide light for your apartment and the shelves provide extra space for whatever you would like.
I am a big fan of motivational decorations as well as butterflies, so this next college apartment decor decoration combines both of those things.
The poster says, “until you spread your wings you will have no idea how far you can fly”. This poster reminds you that unless you go after what you want, you will have no idea how much you can accomplish, which is a great message.
This poster features a bright-colored butterfly in the middle, so wherever you choose to put the poster, it will add some color to the room. Wherever you choose to put this print, it will for sure stand out.
The bright color of the butterfly and the overall design of the print will grab people’s attention. You will not need to put much around it to fill the space. It fills it all by itself.
You are going to need a desk in your apartment to do your classwork. You are also going to want to make sure to keep that desk organized. This is why this desktop organizer will come in handy.
It has several shelves for you to keep notebooks, pencils, books etc, organized on your desk. The shelves are also adjustable, so you can put them at what height would work best for you.
It is simple and sleek looking so it will look nice no matter what type of desk you have. Trust me, I hate when my desk is disorganized, so I love anything that helps keep my belongings organized.
This is why I would love to have this desktop organizer on my desk.
20. Fluffy Rug
Who does not love something soft and fluffy? This is why this next item is perfect for any college apartment. It is a fluffy rug that will go perfectly in your bedroom. If your bedroom does not have carpet, this rug will be perfect.
You can keep it next to your bed so when you get out of bed in the morning you immediately step on something soft and fluffy. It will warm up your feet when the weather gets cold.
You can get whatever color matches the color scheme of your bedroom. You can also choose what size will work the best. This can also work well in your living room as well.
Wherever you choose to put this rug, it will add to the room and keep your feet warm and comfortable.
Living on your own means that you have to do your own laundry. Doing laundry is definitely one of my least favorite chores. It can be tedious, time-consuming and seem never-ending.
However, with this laundry sorter cart, laundry might become just a bit easier. This laundry cart has four different baskets on it, so you can divide the laundry up depending on what loads you want to do.
Darks, lights, delicates, jeans, etc. However, you divide up your laundry, use those baskets to help keep everything sorted. Plus, the baskets are black, giving them a sleek look.
So, no matter where you place it, it will not stand out or draw attention. You can keep it in your bedroom or if you have space where your washer and dryer are, then you can keep it there.
Have you ever wanted to see your name in lights? Then this next college apartment decor idea will help make this dream a reality. This is a marquee letter light that you can get your first initial, first and last initial, you can spell out your name or word.
The possibilities are endless. Maybe you and your roommates can pick a word and get all the letters to spell it out and have it in your living room or kitchen.
You could even get all your initials and use the lights as decorations. I think all of those ideas would be great decor ideas. It is something that is cute and fun.
Plus, each letter is ten dollars, so it is not super expensive, especially if you only want to get a letter or so.
23. Love Neon Sign
Keeping with the light sign theme, this next decor idea will add some colorful light to any apartment. This light is pink and spells out love in cursive.
It is not too large, meaning you can hang it up or place it in a variety of places. It is also less than fifteen dollars meaning it is another inexpensive decoration you can get for your apartment.
I think neon lights are very cool looking and add to any room that they are placed in. All you need are batteries or a USB adaptor in order to get the sign to work.
24. Floating Shelves
This next college apartment decor idea is versatile and can be used in any area of your apartment. They can work in your bedroom, living room, hallway, bathroom, kitchen, etc.
They are a set of two floating shelves. They are each small, so they do not take up too much wall space. They can also be hung up side by side, one on top of the other, staggered, they can be hung up completely separate from one another.
It all depends on what you need. You can use them for decorations, plants, books, trophies, signs, pictures, etc. You can get multiple sets and use them all over your apartment.
They are cool looking as it looks like it is floating, and they are useful. The perfect combination.
If you are into the sea, fishing, or just like the look of fishnet, then this next decor idea is perfect for you. This is a set of fishnet that can be used as wall decorations.
It can be hung up in a variety of ways. You can hang it up behind a tv, in the corner of a room, behind your bed, etc. There are also different colors that you can get.
You can get the traditional tan color or you could get a blue, black teal, etc. You just have to find the color that you like the best.
You can use it as permanent decor in your apartment or you can use it for a party or get together. Either way, this inexpensive fishnet wall decoration will look great in your apartment.
I find this next apartment decor idea so cool and could be extremely useful. This is a LED desk lamp that doubles as a wireless charger. So, while you are doing work at your desk you can charge your phone.
It also has a USB adaptor so you can charge multiple items at the same time. So you can keep whatever you need to do work charged at all times.
It also has multiple light and dimmer settings, so you can keep the lamp at just the right brightness for what you need. It is also sleek-looking since it is all white, so it will look great on top of whatever you put it on. So not only is it useful, it is also stylish.
27. Scented Candles
Recently, I have been becoming obsessed with candles. I have accumulated several over the last year and they are covering my dresser. With that in mind, it is obvious that scented candles are a perfect college apartment decor item.
There are hundreds of different candle scents available for you to choose from. Ones that are more floral, fruity, woody, minty, some that are strong, some that are more subtle.
Whatever your preference is, there is a candle out there that fits it. You can get a large or small candle. You can get one or multiple. Whichever route you go, scented candles will be perfect for your apartment.
You can have one in your room, one for your living room. That way, whatever room you are in, your apartment will smell amazing.
This next item is just a simple wall art decor item. It is made of woven cotton that adds comfort to whatever space you choose to hang it up.
It is simple and delicate and can be used in a variety of spaces. It is also not a large decoration, meaning it will not take up a large amount of wall space wherever you choose to hang up the wall decor.
There are several different versions of similar wall art decor that you can choose from to fit your apartment. You can even get multiple wall art decor pieces to hang up around your apartment.
You can even hang up multiple in the same space to fill one wall.
String lights are a common choice for decorating in college dorm rooms and apartments. This next college apartment decor item is a twist on the typical Christmas string lights that are used.
These are rose flower string lights. They are roses that have lights in them, making them stand out from the usual string lights. This set of string lights can be used to wrap around a table, basket, railing, bed frame, desk, etc.
They can be used just like regular string lights, these just add a bit of an extra floral accent to the room. They are white roses, which give an elegant look as well.
30. Dresser Tower
You are going to need a place to store all your clothes when you move into your new apartment. This is why this next decor item is going to come in handy. This is a dresser tower that has five different drawers.
Two large drawers and three smaller ones. You can organize your clothing items in the drawers however you would like. You can put pants, jeans in one, shorts in one, shirts in one, etc.
If you do not think you can fit everything in one set, you can get two of the sets, two of the same or maybe two different ones. Just get what fits your needs and fits your style.
If you also have a closet, then you may not need as much drawer space. However, this black/gray and gold dresser set is stylish, sleek and can fit in multiple spaces and can be moved as needed.
This next item doubles as a room decor item and storage item. This is a square ottoman that the lid opens up and you can store various items in. You can store extra blankets, books, sheets, etc. in the ottoman.
No one would know what you have stored there unless they open up the lid. Plus, you can get it black, grey, tan, white, whatever color works best for your apartment.
My roommate has one similar in black and she has used it for storage since our first year in the dorms. She has stored items like shoes, cards, games, etc. in there over the years. It comes in handy when you have items that you need to store, but also need easy access to.
Trying to find the best way to organize your shoes can be a struggle. No matter how you organize it, they get messed up again shortly after you wear a pair and just throw them back in your closet or back where you keep them.
I have struggled to keep my shoes organized for years. This is why this shoe shelf organizer will come in extremely handy. This can be used in your closet to keep your shoes organized.
You can keep the shoes you wear every day on the top and the shoes you wear less on the bottom. Or maybe keep your everyday shoes separate from the ones you do not wear as often.
You can also keep a rack by your front door for you to place your shoes when you get home and for your guests to place their shoes. That way your shoes that you easily slip on and off stay organized as well.
33. Four Tier Shelf
This next college apartment decor item is one that is commonly used in bathrooms but can be used for various purposes in your apartment. It is a metal four-tier shelf with a large open space at the bottom.
This can easily fit behind your toilet and the shelves can be used for towels, baskets of toiletries, extra toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, soap. Maybe you could plant a candle on them as well.
However, you could also put it behind a chair, different furniture items in your apartment and use the shelves for other decor or storage. You could use the space under the shelves for a large basket or trunk or such.
The shelves are meant to save space, so take advantage of that and use the shelves wisely.
34. Bean Bag Chair
You are going to want someone comfy to sit and relax in your new college apartment. This is why this next item will be a huge hit in your apartment.
It is a giant bean bag chair that you can use to sit in but could also be used to sleep in. This will be great for guests to use in case you do not have another space for them to sleep in or they want to sleep somewhere other than a couch to sleep on.
You could also use it for naps or just to sit back and watch tv or relax. This comes in a variety of colors, so you have many options to choose from. This is a more pricey item on the list, but it is worth it.
It has a variety of uses and can be used after moving out of that apartment. It can be used for years and provides comfort and relaxation.
In your new college apartment, you are going to need a space to do all of your classwork. You may want to get a desk for that space. This is why this computer desk with storage may be the perfect item to purchase for your apartment.
It has two large spaces for you to place extra notebooks, textbooks, papers, folders, etc. when you are not using them. Plus the top of the desk is large and gives you plenty of space for your laptop and whatever else you may need to do work.
Plus the marble color makes this desk not only useful but also stylish. Mix the marble with the gold legs, this desk will look great in any college apartment.
The bean bag chair is probably not the only seating option you are going to want in your apartment. This is why this cozy saucer chair is another great option for furniture in your apartment.
It is still comfortable for you to sit in, but it does not take up as much space. It is also not as likely for you to get too comfortable and fall asleep.
Plus, the chair can be moved easily from room to room or around a room where it is needed. It can also be folded up and stored as needed. You can use it to watch tv, read, for guests, to do work, or to just relax.
Plus with the variety of colors, you can not go wrong with this chair.
In my apartment, we have a dish that we use to keep candy on a side table in our living room. It is pretty handy because we just put candy in and refill it as needed.
Then we can have candy when we want some and it is also there for guests if they would like some. Having a jar like that in your apartment is a great idea.
This clear jar can be easily placed on a counter or table and can be filled with whatever you would like. You could put candy, cookies or whatever you would like.
Then once it is empty, you could refill it with the same thing or something different. It is great not only for guests, but also a quick and easy snack for you whenever you need it.
Countertops can get crowded and disorganized easily. They can get filled with spices, oils, salt, sugar, etc. It can be difficult to keep it all organized.
However, this next college apartment decor item may help keep your countertops organized. This device has two shelves for you to place whatever you would like on them.
You can keep common spices on one, maybe some napkins or other items on the other. You can use it in other places than your kitchen.
You could use it for your bathroom counter as well if it is crowded. You could get one for your kitchen and one for your bathroom. It never hurts to have multiple items for organization – it will pay off in the long run.
41. Throw Blanket
There are some items that are just classic decor items that should be in any home or apartment. A throw blanket is one of those items. I have a gray throw blanket in my apartment that lays on a chair in the corner of our living room.
I often use this blanket as I am watching tv or doing work in our living room. It is not too heavy or light and is just right for relaxing. This is why a throw blanket would be great to have in your living room.
It can be draped over a couch or chair until it is needed. It does not have to be an expensive or fancy blanket. Just a simple blanket that goes with the colors of your apartment.
Then when you get cold or want to curl up on the couch with a good book or something, you can easily grab the blanket and snuggle up.
42. Throw Pillows
Another classic item that every home or apartment should have is some throw pillows. We have several on our couches in my apartment.
They stay tucked in the corners of our couches and they are used for us to lay on or move to the floor if we need more space. They are of various sizes and colors.
You can choose what kind would fit best in your apartment. You can have one or multiple. Maybe all the same color and size or maybe various colors and sizes.
Whatever vibe you are going for, there are the perfect throw pillows out there for you. They are a must-have in any college apartment.
In my apartment, we have four wine bottles that we painted to spell out the abbreviation for the name of our college. They are placed on top of our cabinets where we keep all of the alcohol bottles.
I think decorative wine bottles are a great decor item and can serve a variety of purposes. This is why these decorative wine bottles would be great in your apartment.
These matte black bottles can be used for flowers, as a centerpiece, you can write on them with chalk. They are also various sizes, which can help create a creative look wherever you decide to place them.
The matte black look is elegant and sleek, which creates a look of elegance in whatever room they are in.
45. Fun Curtains
Do you want a way to keep the sun out of your apartment, but also keep it stylish, then some fun curtains are the way to go. You can get long or short curtains. They can also be a solid color or a fun pattern.
You can put them up in your bedroom or other windows in your apartment. You can keep them all the same or have different ones in each room. Either way, this is a simple way to decorate and add some color and fun to a room.
You could even get black-out curtains if the sun tends to wake you up early in the morning. Whatever way you go, curtains are a great way to decorate your apartment.
If you have a small apartment, then a futon may be a great idea. It may also be good as an option for your living room. It can be a couch then if you have guests staying over it can be turned into a bed.
It is the best of both worlds. It can be a neutral color like black or gray, or it can be a more fun color like pink or green. It all depends on what style you are going for.
This may be a bit on the pricey side of the items on the list, but it is two furniture items in one. So, in the long run, you may be saving money.
47. Potted Plant
If you want to add some green into your apartment, then getting a potted plant is the way to go. They can come in various sizes. They can be tall, short, flowers, or leafy.
You just have to find one that will work best for you and your apartment. If you are worried about taking care of it, then go for a more low-maintenance plant.
If you have more experience then pick whatever one you want. You can get one or multiple plants. Whatever you choose, adding some green to your apartment is always a good decision.
I dream of traveling the world. This is why this next college apartment decor item would be something I would love to have in my apartment. It is wall art that is a giant map of the world.
You will need a good amount of wall space in order to hang this up. So this may be good for above your couch or bed. You could mark off places you have been or you could leave it be.
Either way, it is a good reminder of all the places you could go. I would look at the map as an inspiration to keep working hard and going after what I want. So, if you also want to travel the world, then this is the perfect wall art option for you.
This next college apartment decor item will give your apartment a rustic feel. These are mason jar sconces. They are mason jars filled with flowers and string lights and are attached to wooden boards.
These can be hung up on your walls and add a rustic feel to the apartment. The lights and wire on the jars can be removed to create a different feel.
They are unique and will most likely not be in other college apartments you may visit. So, these decorations will make your apartment unique and different from your friends.
So, if you want to stand out and add a rustic feel, go for these mason jar sconces.
Having a multifunction vase or vases is always something good to have on hand. These modern vases are perfect for that. They are different from the typical glass vases you will typically see.
Plus they are different sizes, so depending on what you need, then you will have one that fits that need. You can use them for flowers or just for decoration.
They are white and gray and give off a rustic and modern feel. They are essential for every apartment or home, but they are also modern and rustic looking. So you get both useful and stylish in one.
Final Thoughts on College Apartment Decor
I hope these college apartment decor ideas help steer you in the decoration for your own apartment. Trying to find the perfect decorations for your apartment can be a difficult and tedious task.
But once you find your direction, it can be fun, exciting and creative. Do not stress too much, just take a breath and it will all fall into place.
Maybe with one of these ideas, maybe with something completely different. However, as long as the decorations reflect your own personality and design ideas, that is all that matters.
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eBay Who doesn’t love finding a good deal on eBay? At eBay, you know exactly where your money is going as well as the quality of your products. There are millions of options available, and eBay has tons of different deals every day to help you save!
Plus, the site is extremely well organized; you can find tabs for just about anything, including publication year, condition, price, and buying format. Check it out here.
BookScouter is designed so you can do the least amount of work possible. It makes shopping for your used textbooks a stress-free endeavor.
With just one click, you’ll be connected to tons of online companies with the book you need so you can find the best deal.
They’ve also got you covered when it comes to selling your textbooks when the time comes. With their high standards for both the books they sell and the books they take, you know you’ll get your money’s worth with this reliable site! Check it out here.
Thrift Books is so great, it’s been helping me save forever! It has its own site, but Thrift Books also sells through Amazon, eBay, AbeBooks, and other bookselling websites.
They have all kinds of deals and rewards if you create an account, and you can even buy music and video games!
You also get free shipping on any order over $10. That’s a steal! Check it out here.
Powell’s Books has been in business since 1971. They’ve been helping people save for 50 years now! They have tons of used textbooks, and their prices are seriously affordable.
The website is super easy to navigate, and Powell’s Books customer service will make sure you have the best possible experience. Check it out here.
Book Depository is a fantastic international bookseller. They offer millions of books with free worldwide shipping — no minimum spending fee required!
Along with English, Book Depository has books written in French, German, Polish, Italian, Finnish, and Spanish.
And if you’re looking for other books to read, you can check out their Bargain Shop for all of the latest deals! Check it out here.
Goodwill Books is another great and affordable selection of used textbooks. The site doesn’t have a textbook option over $25!
Goodwill Books has booksellers all over the country, and every purchase goes to providing free job services and career development support to the community. It’s always a good idea to shop at Goodwill and help somebody out! Check it out here.
Book Outlet is such a great resource for buying books! Shipping is free after a $35 purchase, and they have deals up to 90% off.
Book Outlet doesn’t have a single textbook that costs above $20, and every book is guaranteed to come in good condition.
You can also look on their website to find all the records of Book Outlet’s book donations. I always feel good knowing I’m supporting an ethical business! Check it out here.
Hopefully, this list gives you an idea of where to get started to find some great deals on used textbooks.
Final Thoughts on Used Texbooks
College bookstores usually drastically inflate their prices, and it really doesn’t make a difference whether or not somebody owned your textbook before. You’re still getting a good education!
Besides, it’s pretty easy to sell your textbooks once you don’t need them anymore, so you’ll likely be getting money back at the end of the semester. Used textbooks have so many financial benefits, you’ll be learning and saving all year long!
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15 Best Websites to Download Free College Textbooks Online
Are you having a hard time finding ways to download college textbooks online for free? We’ve got you covered! Check out these best websites to download free college textbooks online.
To be frank, college is expensive. There are tuition payments, dining plans, dorming, potential health insurance fees, lab fees, and more. On top of these payments, classes are going to require textbooks.
There are many options for saving money on textbooks: buying used books, renting online, or borrowing from a friend. Textbooks can cost upwards of 100 dollars, and with a full course load, that would be 500 dollars per semester!
Obtaining textbooks without having to pay outrageous prices is possible: download free textbooks online.
These are credible resources for downloading textbooks online. Some offer PDF downloads that you can save to your desktop. On my MacBook Pro, I’ve downloaded PDF textbooks and saved them to my iBooks for easy access. You could also save PDFs to the Kindle App.
Check out these best websites to download free college textbooks online!
- Library Genesis
- Open Textbook Library
- Free Book Spot
- PDF Grab
- Project Gutenberg
- Google Scholar
- Textbook Revolution
- Digital Book Index
- Many Books
Bookboon is an online platform for ebooks and online textbooks. Their library includes over a thousand free textbooks for students by leading professors.
This website is best suited for business and professional studies. A lot of their library is dedicated to business, marketing, economics, and finance textbooks.
As a student, you get free access to Bookboon. To sign up, create an account with your university-associated email and create a password.
Select topics of interest, such as the types of courses you’re taking or refine by your major. With the free student subscription, you get access to free textbooks online; however, the site will show you advertisements.
If desired, you can upgrade to the paid subscription plans, where you get ad-free browsing and access to audio learning. Check it out here.
My college friends and I relied on this website throughout our semesters online. Library Genesis is more than one website for downloading free textbooks online; it’s an entire database.
On Library Genesis, you get free access to textbook downloads. This website does not require an account to use. Under the topics header, you can refine your search by subject.
Search not only by title and author but also ISBN, publisher, year and language. Searching by ISBN is the most effective search method because it directly searches for the edition you need.
Library Genesis is my preferred free textbook search engine because I have always been able to find the textbooks that I need.
Another site that offers free textbooks for download is Open Textbook Library. As the site explains, open textbooks are free to use and download.
You can search the site through subjects like humanities, law and mass media. The site has adapted textbooks as ebooks and even features a list of sources in development.
Textbooks are available for download as a PDF or EPUB. Attached to the posting of each textbook are reviews, the table of contents and information about the author.
This site is best suited for textbooks in the social sciences, as there is a larger selection of textbooks for humanities-related fields than STEM-related fields.
Browsing through their library, many textbooks appear to be introductory level to many different topics. Open Textbook Library does not have as wide a library as other sites mentioned throughout this article, but it is worth the search. Check it out here.
Free Book Spot is a typical example of a free textbook download website. When you open the homepage, you may be turned off by the blue links and many ads.
But this source is incredibly reliable. My art history classes tend to use published books instead of textbooks to guide the course, and when I couldn’t find a required book on Amazon, I was able to find it here (Realism by Linda Nochlin, a wonderful read!).
On Free Book Spot, you can search by title, author, ISBN, and language. The search will generate a table of results featuring the cover of the book and the year the file was updated.
Both of these features are greatly appreciated by me as someone who wants to ensure I’m using the correct textbook edition. Free Book Spot is also more than just a free textbook online site; it holds many regular books as well. You can download books on astrology, drawing, and even playing cards. Check it out here.
On PDF Grab, you can search for free textbooks online by title or ISBN. As I mentioned, ISBN will always be my preferred method of search.
If your professor does not provide the ISBN to the textbook, search for the book on Google, and the ISBN will be attached to any site where the book is available for purchase, such as Amazon. When you search your textbook, the results will show the cover of the textbook and a summary of the book.
There will be a download link to click on the PDF. I like this site because the results are very straightforward. The layout is simple and user-friendly.
Another great website that provides free books online is Project Gutenberg. With a focus on ebooks, Project Gutenberg has a massive online library.
Many classes in college will require books written by prominent members of the field of study to guide assignments. Working on research papers, it can be difficult to find certain books or articles pertaining to specific subjects.
Project Gutenberg houses many online books, so you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. At the bottom of the homepage, click the “Search and browse” option to open the advanced search settings.
Project Gutenberg’s search engine is very sensitive to the words you select. Be as specific as you can when searching for a book. Check it out here.
Not only does Stuvera offer access to free textbooks online, but you can also download audiobooks and study. The online learning section offers courses in many different subjects.
For example, they have a course on Ancient Egypt from the University of Pennsylvania. The course breaks down study projects by week and accesses movies and assignments for you to practice on.
Stuvera is a great resource to help you prepare for your courses. You can use the online learning section to get ahead in upcoming classes or use it to test your knowledge as a study tool.
To download from Stuvera, you can register for a free account. My favorite aspect of using Stuvera is the online learning feature because it gives you an edge on new subjects. Check it out here.
A website that many seem to overlook when trying to find free textbooks online is Google Scholar. With Google Scholar, you can access a multitude of academic articles and journals.
Many of my humanities courses will require supplemental readings through academic journals. Websites like JSTOR require a subscription through your university or institution.
If your school does not have access to a certain article, Google Scholar is a great resource to access. You can also save and store your reading material easily with your school-associated Gmail account, which many universities use.
When you search on Google Scholar, there will be an indication next to titles if the result is an article, book, PDF, or another file type. Google is where many searches for free textbooks online start, but it is just as valuable of a resource as any other site mentioned. Check it out here.
OpenStax is a truly advanced site for free textbooks online. With OpenStax, you get access to a multitude of free books. Additionally, you can take notes and highlight them directly on OpenStax’s online textbooks.
OpenStax is a part of Rice University, which is a nonprofit organization for furthering financial access to education.
OpenStax textbooks range from high school level to AP course level to college level. Textbooks are created by OpenStax for free and readily accessible use.
Browse the site by subject and download type. With a subject like math, the calculus textbook that is free on OpenStax will provide the same information as one your professor tells you to purchase.
OpenStax is reliable for learning, however, it is not a search engine for textbooks required by your course (unless your professor is using OpenStax textbooks to teach their course). OpenStax is ideal for that extra support in a subject.
Check it out here.
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Textbook Revolution is a great site for finding textbooks. What I love about this site is that it is student-led. As a site run by students, they understand their audience.
Begin your search in the free books and textbooks section. If you cannot find what you are looking for there, Textbook Revolution has another search bar that shows the least expensive options for purchasing textbooks.
My only critique with the site is that some books are outdated editions. When you search for a book or textbook through the priced option, numerous options for your textbook appear.
Options include books for rental, buying new and buying used books. On Textbook Revolution, you can also submit a book to be posted, contributing to the next student in need of a free textbook online. Check it out here.
Bookyards is another platform whereby you can access free textbooks online. With Bookyards, you can search for your textbook by author, title, subject, and more.
The site also offers browsing by author or category. Their extensive library includes books on cooking, games, languages, culture, and sports.
Bookyards uses ad revenue to pay for the site, keeping their downloads free. On their blog page, Bookyards compiles free links to stories by famous authors.
Some recent posts include pages dedicated to Confucious and Joseph Conrad! You can follow Bookyards on their social media pages for updates to their library. Check it out here.
Unlike other online libraries, eBookLobby does not have a search bar feature. Instead, you can browse their collection by categories.
Next to each category is the number of books available for download. Their library is on the smaller side; however, it can be a helpful resource if you’re struggling to find a book elsewhere.
This website is unique for the way they structure their library. While browsing for your necessary textbook, you can check out their cookbook section! Their largest selections per category would be computers, biographies, and art.
Be sure to check out eBookLobby the next time you wish to download free textbooks.
Exclusively dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, FreeTechBooks is a platform for free access to science resources like textbooks, lecture notes, and other books.
Because this site is dedicated to one area of study, it is a great resource for narrowing down your search for free textbooks online.
You can browse their library by category, author, publisher, and even by popular downloads. If only I knew of this website when I was struggling with my pre-calculus homework.
This platform is extremely organized, with subcategories under each heading. From resources on scripting and programming to operating an iPhone or artificial intelligence, FreeTechBooks has an impressive library to offer.
Check out here.
Digital Book Index is unlike any other platform listed. The website has access to an abundance of free texts. Their subject search is very impressive. To browse this section, you can use ctrl+F to search for keywords on the page.
Under the author/title search, there is a key that teaches the best way to search their site. For example, search authors by their first name (the “begins with” function) or put titles in quotations (to search titles that contain specific keywords).
Digital Book Index is a great resource for historical texts. With an abundance of ebooks and a search section dedicated to classic authors throughout time and across the globe, Digital Book Index is a wonderful source for humanities and history students.
As one myself, I will definitely be returning to this source for future research papers! Check it out here.
Like their branding states, Many Books houses many, many books. Many Books is essentially an online library, housing all genres of texts. From mystery to horror to children’s books, Many Books has it all.
Search for your desired text in the top search bar. If what you’re searching for isn’t on their site, ads are generated with links to other sites that may have it.
Many Books is a great resource for novels. More often than you think, classes will require more than just a textbook.
One of my media classes didn’t require a textbook for class, but every week we would have a new book to read or a movie to watch (and I was not about to buy 15 books and movies).
Sources like Many Books are super helpful! Check it out here.
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How to Get Free College Textbooks
In the video below, you can learn how to download free textbooks online. Following this step-by-step guide, you can download the Tor browser, sign up for ZLibrary, and search your textbook by ISBN for a free download.
As mentioned in this video, “Education shouldn’t be unattainable.”
Helpful Tip When Downloading A Free Book!
- Make sure the textbooks you’re downloading are up to date. Your professors are most likely going to require the latest edition of a textbook, but if you can only find one within the last 5-10 years, I’d say that is a safe enough range.
- Look up textbooks’ chapter study guides on Quizlet if you’re worried about missing information.
Buying or even renting textbooks does not equate to the prices attached to these books. Save yourself money and use these websites to download textbooks for your classes.
Library Genesis is my favorite site to download textbooks because I can always find the book I need. Free Book Spot is another site I often use because it features more than just textbooks.
These websites are free to use and easy to access. Save money, and download free textbooks online.
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