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60 Amazing Hobbies for Women in their 30s

Are you a woman in your 30s and you are not sure which hobbies to try next? We’ve got you covered! Check out this list of the best hobbies for women in their 30s.



Woman in her 30s hiking as a hobby

It’s no secret that life is incredibly overwhelming at times, especially in your 30s. Suddenly it feels like life is moving a million miles a minute, and you just need a second to breathe.

Well, if you’re one of those women that struggle to take time for yourself and relax, I’m here to tell you that it’s time to get a hobby!

Finding a hobby, big or small, can have great benefits to both your physical and mental health, especially when you incorporate the activity into your everyday routine.

When you’re doing something you enjoy, those few minutes or hours can become the most memorable part of your day.

Picking a hobby can be incredibly daunting, though, when you aren’t quite sure what you want to try.

That’s why I’ve put together a list of the best hobbies for women in their 30s, with everything from getting active activities to not having to leave your bed.

In this post:

5 Most Life-Changing Hobbies

 1. Meditation

A lot of people think that meditation is just sitting with your legs crossed and saying “aum.” It’s way more than that, though, especially when you take the time to do it correctly.

Meditation as a daily hobby can be a terrific way to reset yourself throughout different points of your day. Are you super stressed after a meeting?

Bad phone call with your mom? Take a few minutes at your desk or even an empty spot on the floor to center yourself.

There are great meditation apps that offer guided meditations, as well as tutorials on YouTube, or you can just practice your breathing until you feel you can continue with your day.

Taking up meditation as a hobby has the power to change your mood in seconds, and in the long run, it can have long-lasting benefits to your mental health if you take the time to stick with it.

2. Learning a new language

Not only is learning a new language a great hobby because it exercises your brain, but it also is an amazing way to introduce yourself to new perspectives, cultures, and people.

Maybe you want to speak the language in a country you wish to visit someday, or perhaps you just want to be able to watch a foreign movie without subtitles.

Learning a new language as a woman in your 30s can really revamp your life and open new doors.

It’s so easy for life to start to feel stagnant, but learning a new language means that you can visit new places and try a world of new foods, music, movies, literature, and more.

It isn’t just a hobby that passes the time, it’s also a skill that can enrich your life in ways you previously didn’t think possible.

3. Journaling

When life starts to overwhelm me, I like to take some time out of my day to just write. While I prefer to do this on the computer, picking out a cute notebook, a nice pen, and just sitting down is incredibly cathartic.

If you’re a woman like me, we both struggle to keep up with our thoughts while writing.

Journaling and getting out as many thoughts as I can, even if they make no sense, is a great way to slow down and acknowledge your feelings.

Much like meditation, journaling can have benefits that extend beyond just passing the time. Journaling has improved my ability to explain my emotions in difficult situations or recognize the root of a problem.

It’s a hobby that makes you feel better in the moment, but also provides effective self-care skills in the long run.

4. Blogging

Maybe from all the journaling you’re doing, you realize you have some interesting advice or a unique perspective to offer.

Blogging as a side hobby can be a super exciting way to share things you’re passionate about with the world. Maybe you happen to love knitting… consider starting a blog with different tutorials and patterns.

Or maybe you’re a professional in a certain field. Women are always looking for other inspirational women to share information with, so starting a blog giving tips in your area of expertise could end up helping so many other women in their 30s.

5.  Cooking

My roommate would always take the time out of her day to cook dinner, because even if her day was awful, she knew she could go home and make herself a good meal… it gave her something to look forward to.

It’s also a super fun way to learn a new skill; even if you’re super advanced in the kitchen, there are always new dishes or techniques to try.

Sometimes, cooking can seem like a chore, but finding ways to try new things in the kitchen is a great way to turn a seemingly annoying task into a fun and interesting hobby.

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 Active Hobbies For Women

If you’re anything like me, you hate feeling lazy, but sometimes it’s hard to encourage yourself to get out and get active.

Taking up a more active hobby can be wonderful for your physical and mental health, but it can also just be a great way to let yourself escape from life for a bit.

6. Running

I know, I know… what woman in their 30s wants to suddenly take up running as a hobby? Hear me out! I’m not saying run a marathon (unless you want to!) but going even for a half-mile light jog can help relieve so much stress from your body.

Running is also a great hobby because you can set milestones to push yourself, so you don’t get complacent. Try running a certain mile one week, or maybe for 5 minutes straight, and then the next week add a half-mile or another 5 minutes.

Having a hobby that you can keep improving upon will help keep it from seeming like the same task every day. Runners’ high is a real thing, I promise, you just have to stick with it long enough to find it.

7. Biking

While I am very pro-running for other people, it just isn’t for me- biking is way more my style. When quarantine began in March of 2020, I started biking every day to get out of my house and out of my head.

It was a great way to explore areas I hadn’t been to before, but also made the world slip away for a little while. I understand that as a woman in your 30s you may want to escape for a bit, but maybe after a long day of work you don’t want to go home and throw on running shoes.

Biking is a super great hobby to get active, but you can also take it easy with a stroll down the sidewalk.

8. Hiking

Hiking as a hobby is great for the body, and even better for the soul. It’s great exercise, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also healing to be out in nature, surrounded by trees, animals, streams, lakes, etc.

If you’re lucky enough to have beautiful hiking trails near you, I really do encourage you to take up hiking as a hobby.

It can be as long or as short as you choose, but just remember that paying attention to the great outdoors can help distract you from how far you’re walking!

9. Dancing

Who doesn’t love a good dance party? Dancing for fun can be super freeing and also helps bring out your creative side!

I personally really love to play Just Dance on my Xbox, but I also look up easy dance tutorials on YouTube to try out from time to time.

If you’re feeling particularly outgoing, sign up for a dance class! I promise you that other women in their 30s also want to dance, and forming a group to learn a new skill can be challenging and therapeutic at the same time.

10. Martial arts

Martial arts is an awesome hobby to try out because as a woman you can never be too safe, even in your 30s.

Not only are martial arts an excellent way to get physical exercise as a hobby, but it’s also a great way to learn self-defense.

As women, I think it’s great for us to learn how to defend ourselves, but also understand the strength we have in our bodies. Martial arts is tough on the mind and body, but it’s a hobby that will make you feel as strong as you are within.

11. Walking

For an entire summer, my mom and I would go on walks every night. Not only is walking a super great exercise, but it’s also very relaxing.

It’s so fun to go explore different areas you haven’t seen before, and all places look different on foot than when you’re driving past.

Walking is also a great hobby for your mental health just as much as your physical health.

When I feel like the world is getting to be too much, I like to throw on some headphones and clear my head on a walk. It’s a great hobby to do by yourself or with a friend.

12. Weightlifting

I actually just started going to the gym and lifting weights. Granted, they’re very light weights, but they’re weights!

Weightlifting is honestly one of the hardest mental and physical challenges I’ve given myself in a long time, and as I said, they’re not even that heavy!

Really though, weightlifting has become such a great hobby for me because it makes me feel so much stronger – and I don’t just mean physically.

Pushing myself to squat more and more weight from one week to the next has helped me gain confidence in myself as a young woman, and what woman in their 30s doesn’t deserve a little extra confidence boost?

If you’re looking for a hobby to push yourself both mentally and physically, well, I sincerely suggest you give this a try.

13. Joining a recreational league for a certain sport

Playing volleyball in high school did wonders for me. It gave me a routine that pushed me physically and was also just a super fun way to be with friends.

Joining a recreational team for a sport you used to play, or even a sport you want to play is a super exciting hobby to try out.

I know it can be a little nerve-wracking, but everyone has to start somewhere! Do some research into women’s leagues in your area that you can try, and I bet you’ll find a group of women searching for a new hobby or community just like you!

14. Skiing

Skiing could be either outside in the snow or on water, it just depends on where you are and the climate you live in! Skiing, however, is super fun either way.

I know women who swear by water skiing, and love the feeling of being in the water. I remember seeing my mom being pulled behind our boat on skis and thinking she looked so cool and strong.

With snow skiing, you’re also bound to see some of the most beautiful views you’ve ever encountered.

When you make skiing a hobby, in either environment, you’re able to push yourself to try new tricks or go down a different slope, or you can just go out in the great outdoors and enjoy being outside and active. It’s a hobby that’s built to fit the person.

15. Surfing

I find surfing to be one of the most impressive hobbies because I just do not understand how people surf… I wouldn’t be able to stay up!

If you live in a place where you can make surfing a hobby, I highly suggest giving it a try. Every day and every wave would be different, and you could always try to challenge yourself with new tricks or new areas, but honestly, I think staying up would be challenging enough.

It’s also a hobby where you can get a decent tan if you do it often enough, so win-win!

16. Swimming

Whether you take swimming to mean doing laps in a pool at the gym or floating in the pool in your community/backyard, swimming is an incredibly relaxing yet active hobby.

It’s an amazing workout but isn’t too hard on the muscles. Even if you aren’t looking for a super intense workout, just swimming around can be a great way to mindfully move your body. Also like surfing, if it’s outside you get tan… need I say more?

17. Rock climbing

What I love about this hobby is it can be as adventurous or laid back as you please. As you’re getting started, I obviously recommend going to an indoor climbing place, but if you get more comfortable and stronger, this is a hobby that has promise to take you places you’ve never been before.

You could get a group together and compete in competitions, you could go rock climbing in the mountains (safety first, of course) or you could challenge yourself with super difficult indoor courses.

It is a hobby that will allow you to progress at your own pace, but also be able to track your progress as you try different courses.

18. Kickboxing or boxing

One word for women who kickbox or box: badass. The power you’re able to feel from your body is absolutely insane, and I think it’s a great way for women in their 30s to be able to feel how strong they are, especially if they may be feeling stuck in the everyday routine of their lives.

From women I know that have tried kickboxing, they all say that it gives them a rush like no other, and that it also makes them more comfortable knowing how strong they truly are.

If you pick this up as a hobby and stick with it, I bet you’re also bound to find a good community of women around you who also love the sport.

19. Fencing

I put this on the list for the women, like me, who think sword fighting looks cool in moves and have always wanted to try it. I know it’s not the same, but I’ve always thought it looked really cool.

On a serious note, fencing is a super-challenging sport, and I can only imagine how long it must take to get the technique down. But it’s also something super different and adventurous to try.

I highly recommend giving it a shot and turning it into a hobby that is 1) super cool and 2) super demanding physically.

20. Horseback riding

Now, I personally am terrified of horses, but I have a friend who swears that horseback riding is one of the most freeing activities she does.

I can imagine that it would be super incredible, though, to be going through nature and feeling connected to both the world and the horse.

I also think that it’s a super unique hobby for a woman in her 30s to have… so you could always flex a little bit that you have a skill not many people around you might have. Who doesn’t love a hobby and a pat on the back moment?

It’s a hobby I definitely wish I was outgoing enough to try, and while I’ll keep hyping myself up to do it, I really hope you give it a shot!

21. Jump rope

Jump rope is one of the most challenging exercises I’ve done in a long time. When I was little, I absolutely loved jump roping, but since I’ve grown up a little, it’s become a lot harder.

However, it is a hobby that makes me feel like I’ve truly accomplished something. I love how I feel when I ride a bike or go on a good walk, but the feeling after you finish that last set of jumps to your favorite hype song really is unmatched.

Like a lot of physical hobbies, it’s just as tough mentally as it is on the body, but I promise if you just give it a shot and stick with it, you might just fall in love with it.

22. Pilates

I’ve heard a lot of people say that Pilates isn’t challenging, and to that I ask, what kind of Pilates were you doing?? The Pilates exercise videos I’ve tried just by searching them on YouTube had me pausing halfway through and re-contemplating my life.

For a woman in her 30s, I think that Pilates is a great hobby to take up because even if you can’t make it to a studio, there are plenty of videos and programs available online to help you keep up with it. Sometimes as women, we just want to stay home in our pj’s but also want to feel strong and like we’ve accomplished something.

Well, I did Pilates for the first time on a whim in my pj’s on my bedroom floor and had to shower afterwards because I was so sweaty. I did feel accomplished, though, and I bet you will too!

23. Barre

While I’ve never tried barre, I’ve only ever heard amazing things, and that it’s TOUGH. It’s a kind of exercise that incorporates movements from ballet, so I can only imagine the physical exertion doing it.

If you’re a woman who enjoys dancing but is maybe looking for something different to try or something a little bit more out of your comfort zone, check out a studio.

Or if you’re a woman, like me, who has absolutely no idea what they’re doing but wants to find a group of other women to feel powerful with, then I say give it a shot. It’s a hobby guaranteed to push you to your limit, but also enjoy your time doing it.

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Relaxing Hobbies For Women

As important as it is to make sure you’re nurturing your body with exercise, sometimes as women, we just want to relax – especially in your 30s when it feels like everything is happening so fast.

These are some hobbies that aren’t all about getting up and getting out, most of them can even be done from your bed! The point is, nurturing your mind with some relaxation and creativity in your hobbies is just as important as physical activity.

24. Reading

Since I’m an English major, I’m a little biased towards books – everyone should read, in my humble opinion.

Even though reading isn’t much of a hobby for me anymore, because so much of my schooling revolves around reading, I promise it’s such a relaxing hobby. There are so many authors to read, so many characters to fall in love with, so many plots to love and hate.

Starting to read can be daunting because there are so many kinds of books to choose from. My advice if you’re going to pick up reading as a hobby is to pick some that are on the bestseller lists in a genre you think you’d like and start compiling a list of ones you liked and even the ones you hated or couldn’t get through.

From there, you can start finding authors that have similar styles or maybe you realize you love sci-fi novels and just want to explore a particular genre. Please, though, I’m begging you… fall in love with books!

25. Sewing

Making sewing a hobby and taking the time to perfect it is not only super relaxing once you get the hang of it, but also a practical hobby in the long run for a woman in her 30s.

Being able to sew up clothes for yourself or make alterations is a great way to save a little extra money when you can just do it on your own!

More than this, sewing is a great way to be creative and feel accomplished. Every time you master a new skill that will only improve your technique or finish a piece entirely, you can look at what you’ve created and say, “I did that,” and it’s a great feeling.

26. Knitting

This is another hobby that I can personally attest to being very relaxing. This past winter, I decided to start knitting scarfs.

It took some time, and a lot of mistakes (still), but after I got the hang of it, I sat in bed for days (I was sick at the time) binge-watching Netflix and counting stitches.

When I was overwhelmed at school with a lot of assignments but also needed to just shut my brain off, counting stitches and trying new patterns was a super helpful way to channel my anxious energy into something else, without having to be active.

Like sewing, it was also such an amazing feeling every time I would finish a different project knowing that it was something I did all on my own.

27. Gardening

Gardening is a great hobby for a woman in her 30s because what’s better than flexing some nice flowers in your house/apartment?

Having something to take care of and look after is a great way to focus built-up energy into something that still feels productive without having to always feel like energy needs to be put towards work or other responsibilities.

It’s also a great hobby because there is so much to learn! Having a vegetable garden, flower garden, or herb garden, all take different products or care to help thrive.

Learning how to best maintain your garden is a fun way to learn things you never knew before while also giving your brain some time to focus on something more low stress.

28. Painting

When I say painting is a great hobby, I in no way mean that you’re trying to be the next Picasso. Painting can be anything from abstract to paint by numbers, and it doesn’t even have to be on a canvas!

I’m currently working on a little project for a house I’m moving into where I’m painting the class from frames and then I’ll be able to hang those frames with what I’ve painted.

It isn’t anything intense, but it has been so relaxing and brought me so much joy to think about this project, find pictures I want to paint, and to actually paint.

Even just thinking about going to work on it as I type this makes me happy. A hobby isn’t just about feeling relaxed in the moment when you’re actively doing the hobby, it’s also about being your sense of peace and hope in your day. Painting is a great option for that!

29. Yoga

While this is probably one of the most active hobbies for women in this “relaxing hobbies” section, I think it falls more into relaxing than active because yoga is all about releasing energy.

There are certainly some intense yoga programs, but for me, I’ve used yoga in the past as a hobby I go in and out of when I’m feeling stressed to help me center myself and release bad energy.

For a woman in your 30s, I imagine you’re feeling stress from a lot of different directions, and maybe you just have a hard time unwinding.

Building yoga into your routine as a hobby can help you refocus at different points of the day, so you can just let go and remind yourself to be present. It’s a great hobby to have saved in your back pocket, like I do, for when times get hard, or it’s a great hobby to do all the time as a stress-reliever!

30. Candle making

Another one of my roommates works at a candle shop where you can go in and make your own candles! She’s always talking about how much fun it is to make your own scents.

I think this could be a super relaxing hobby because you can make the scents your own and be creative.

A bonus tip to make this extra relaxing is to find scents that calm you and just have an endless array of calming candles… that way even if you can’t always find time for your hobby to go make a candle, you can have an added hobby of just burning the candles you make!

31. Coloring

This is one of my favorite hobbies in this category for women in their 30s because I feel like it lets them bring out their inner child.

During my freshman year of college, my best friend bought me a female empowerment coloring book. Not only was it super cathartic to just color and watch TV when I was feeling stressed, but having a coloring book full of inspiring sayings, reminding me to keep my head up, was also super special.

I think coloring as a hobby can be as intense or laid back as you want it to be. This is why it’s the perfect thing to do at the end of a rough day or at your desk during a small work break as a way to free your mind and focus on creating something pretty.

32. Embroidery

My best friend embroiders as a hobby, and she loves it!

When I asked her why she finds it relaxing she told me that she can focus her energy on the details, because it is a bit more precise than knitting.

Being able to focus anxious energy on making sure that each stitch is correct helps her relax her mind for a bit.

She’s also able to express a lot of creativity and being able to embroider also makes for awesome gifts for friends! So, not only is it a relaxing hobby, but it’s also a practical one as well!

33. Scrapbooking

I know for a lot of women, scrapbooking can seem more like a task. Maybe you need to make a scrapbook for a baby, of you and your partner, for a gift for a friend.

In reality, when kept up with, it’s a terrific hobby to take up for a woman in her 30s! Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be about stressing out on creating something perfect, it can be a great way to capture memories from important times in your life and reflect on times you never want to forget.

I recommend starting with just a small period of time, maybe a trip you took with friends or a special birthday. Once you have all the pictures printed, just enjoy looking back on those times and feeling grateful for the time spent with special people!

34. Puzzles

Puzzles are a great hobby because you can keep coming back to them whenever you have the time. It’s also so much fun working your way up to huge and elaborate puzzles and seeing how long it takes to put them together. I love puzzles because at the end of each time, you can see how much farther you’ve come. I feel so accomplished every time I stand up from the table, and see another part of the picture or have the entire outside finished. It’s super relaxing and also a great brain break!

35. Bullet journaling

Bullet journals are super popular right now and not only are they super practical for your day-to-day life as a busy woman, they’re also great at holding you accountable.

More than this, though, they’re super relaxing to put together and fill out every day!

If you’re new to the whole bullet journaling concept, it’s essentially a journal that works as a planner, tracks workout progress, keeps up on to-do lists, and really anything else in-between! Bullet journals are incredibly flexible to fit your life.

For me, a bullet journal would probably include my everyday school schedule, additional outside of school plans, a log to track my workouts and progress, a log to track how many pages of books I read every day, books I read every month, and maybe my mood throughout the day.

The thing that’s great about them is that they help you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of every day, and you can relax every night and set your intentions for the next day as you see how much you were able to do during your day.

36. Baking

Baking was 100% my relaxing hobby during quarantine. When I was feeling so trapped and overwhelmed, I would find a recipe I already had the ingredients to and just make it!

While I was only outgoing enough to try to make cookies, I was able to master a terrific peanut butter cookie – and even dabble in changing up the recipe and adding Nutella!

The point is, during that hour and a half or so of baking, I felt so peaceful. I wasn’t worried about this responsibility or that task I needed to do, I was just focused on doing something with the ingredients in front of me. Oh! And you get to eat the end result… It’s a great hobby to take up if you ask me.

37. Flipping clothes

While I have absolutely no ability to look at an article of clothing and picture it as something else, some women just do! One of my good friends spends her free time thrifting and flipping clothes into items she wants.

She told me she finds it super relaxing because you get so lost in what you’re doing that eventually your mind and body are just working without even realizing what you’re doing. You also get super cute clothes out of it!

38. Bird watching

I know what you’re thinking… bird watching? Really? Yes! Just picture it, walking in nature, looking up at the sky and trees above you, a book in hand, and your eyes peeled above you. I know it might sound lame, but bird watching is actually incredibly relaxing.

Even if you just find a nice spot to sit and plop down for a while, being focused on finding birds is a great way to distract and relax your mind.

Being that close to nature also does wonders for your mental health when you prioritize getting out, and what 30-year-old woman doesn’t need a hobby that benefits her mental health just a little?

39. Listen to podcasts

I’ve just recently hopped on the podcast train, and let me tell you, I’m obsessed. I absolutely love listening to crime podcasts, and while I know that might not seem like the most relaxing thing to listen to, it really does just let my brain get lost in the story.

I’ve also tried my hand at listening to some empowerment and self-care-focused podcasts and I love listening to other women share their stories and experiences.

For a woman in your 30s, you may want a hobby that both relaxes you but also inspires you. There are so many women out there with podcasts just waiting to share their stories with you, you just need to listen.

40. Learn calligraphy

Calligraphy is definitely a hobby that would be fun to flex. Imagine handing out birthday cards to friends and family with the most beautiful handwriting on them, and when they ask who it was, you can say that you made it.

Calligraphy can help you to aesthetically express your creativity while learning a new skill.  It’s also a hobby that will allow you to grow as you learn how to work with different kinds of tools!

41. Fishing

Just like bird watching, I’m sure your initial reaction is a flat-out “no.” What woman in her 30s wants to take up fishing as a hobby? Well, maybe you!

Being out in the water and shutting your brain off is SO relaxing, there’s a reason so many people fish for hours!

Even if you don’t catch anything, being silent and still will naturally relax your body to the point that it just becomes second nature. There’s also that pure adrenaline rush when you get a bite that makes you feel on top of the world.

42. Pottery

This is probably next up on my list of hobbies to try. I’ve always found it so impressive when friends of mine who have tried pottery would come home with their own mugs or vases.

It’s a great way to express your creativity and channel that energy into something productive, but it’s also very relaxing as you focus on molding the clay between your hands, only really focusing on what you’re doing.

You can also then customize your product with paints and that just adds to the fun and relaxation!

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Exciting Hobbies For Women

For a lot of women in their 30s, they really just want a hobby that is going to excite them and give them something to look forward to at the end of their day.

This list is a mix of hobbies that you may not have thought of that will excite that passion in you to keep coming back.

43. Learn a new instrument

With learning any new skill, deciding to learn how to play an instrument will come with its own set of challenges. As a woman in her 30s, you may find yourself dreading having to learn something from the very start.

Learning an instrument, however, is actually so exciting and fun. When you start to get the hang of it, you’ll find yourself wanting to come back and try a new chord, or even try your hand at a whole song.

The sense of accomplishment and pride you’ll feel after you master a new part of the instrument will hopefully give you that excitement you’re looking for until all you can think about is picking up that instrument again.

44. Video games

If there’s anything I’ve learned from dating someone who loves video games, it’s that they’re actually so entertaining.

They give you a massive adrenaline rush when you’re in the moment and they can be so easy to lose yourself in trying to get to the next level, or get that next medal, etc.

I know a lot of women may turn up their noses to trying video games, but I really do think it’s an easy way to try something new and just have a lot of fun!

45. Try getting into makeup

I’m no master of makeup, but I do find it super fun to go on YouTube and watch makeup reviews for certain products.

I love trying new shades, even if I have nowhere to go, and experimenting with different techniques that I see on social media.

I think makeup can be a super exciting hobby to have because you can let your creativity rein free. Seeing your vision come to life with just a few products and brushes can give you such a rush!

46. Make your own bath bombs

What woman in her 30s doesn’t need to relax with a nice bubble bath? If you’re like me, though, the price of bath bombs is enough to make you walk the other way.

Making your own bath bomb can be a very new and unique hobby to take up. It’s especially great because you can see what scents you like and don’t like to make them best suited for you.

They also make for a great homemade gift for friends and family for special occasions, especially if you know what scents they like!

47. Start writing poetry

Again, as an English major, I’m a bit partial to anything to do with writing. Writing poetry is an amazing hobby because it allows you to be so creative and expressive.

You’re able to mess around with form, punctuation, rhyme, and can just really make it your own. It’s an amazing hobby that can help you build a deeper connection with yourself and the way you tell stories or express emotions.

Whether you choose to share them, post them anonymously, or just keep them to yourself, writing poetry is definitely something worth trying.

48. Learn archery

Kind of like fencing, archery is one of those fighting skills I would see in movies and always be super impressed by.

When I was younger, I took an archery course as part of a school extracurricular, and although I don’t remember much about it, I do remember feeling super cool.

As a woman in your 30s, I imagine you may want a hobby that helps with a little bit of stress relief.

Archery is a great hobby to help blow off some steam because as you pull back the arrow, you can imagine everything that is weighing on your shoulders, and as you let go you can picture that stress leaving your body. Not to mention you’ll seem pretty cool when you tell your friends you do archery as a hobby.

49. Learn how to make your own wine

My parents used to make their own wine and it’s such a cool process to see take place! It’s super adventurous to try and you can really get to know so much about the process as you go along.

It takes a lot of trial and error but getting to the final product feels so rewarding. If you can’t tell by now, I’m also someone who likes their hobbies to be practical.

For years, my parents used the wine they’d make as gifts for people, so it really is another hobby that keeps on giving.

50. Camping

It may sound cheesy, but camping is a very relaxing way to become more in touch with the world around you and your inner self.

Taking the time out of a busy month to unplug for the weekend is super refreshing. I understand, though, that at 30 it may be difficult to stick with a hobby that you can do so seldomly.

However, camping is also a super flexible hobby, so consider making a trip out of it with some friends or family!

51. Restore furniture

Restoring and flipping furniture is super popular right now. If you’re like a lot of women, you may have a vision in your head of something you want but maybe you can’t find anything like it, or you’re just not willing to spend a bunch of money to buy it.

Going to thrift stores or garage sales, or even taking a look at your own furniture, and seeing what else you can do with it is bound to keep you entertained. Once you have a vision for something, it’s so easy to get caught up trying to create that vision, and it’s so rewarding when you finish it.

52. Write a book

Here we go again with the writing… I know! If poetry isn’t your thing, dabble with fiction! It doesn’t have to start big, but I find myself creating stories or characters in my head all the time.

Some women in their 30s want a hobby that is going to help them escape a little bit and writing a book can be a great way to get lost in an entirely different world for a little while.

There also is bound to be a point where you hit writer’s block, but there will also probably be a time when writing is all you can think about, and the words are just pouring out of you. It’s a feeling that can’t really be described but you won’t want to let go of it once you find it.

53. Paintball

Now, this is a hobby that will give you a major adrenaline rush! Whether you go with people you know, or even use it as a hobby that opens you up to new people, paintball is an incredibly fun and challenging hobby.

Not only do you have to think on your feet, but you also have to be super aware of your surroundings. It can be hard to get the hang of it at first, but paintball can become a really addicting hobby if you stick with it.

54. Start a YouTube channel

This is a hobby that requires you to be a little more outgoing, and also not hate the sound of listening to your own voice on recording! So many women in their 30s are taking to YouTube as a hobby to share their lives.

Whether it’s about parenting, their job, shopping, cooking, whatever the case may be, there’s an audience for it! Starting a YouTube channel is also a hobby that will let you be super flexible depending on your everyday life.

You can film when you want, edit when you want, post when you want. Making a little community around what you’re interested in is also super fun to see come alive.

55. Start a podcast

Now, if you hate looking at yourself to edit videos, maybe try starting a podcast! Just like with YouTube, women in their 30s have a bunch of stuff to say!

There’s a bunch of crime podcasts that I listen to where women use it as a side hobby in addition to what they do as their full-time career.

Even if it isn’t about your life, you can research literally any topic that you’re interested in, and I guarantee that someone else will be interested in it too.

It’s also a super great hobby to do with a friend! Finding someone you can talk to and have a good time with just chatting about something you’re interested in is bound to be a fun time.

56. Stand-up comedy

Are you like me and think you’re super funny? Do you have a bunch of stories to share about yourself or your friends that you tell people, and they just crack up? Try stand-up! I know it’s super intimidating, but it’ll give you such an adrenaline rush!

There are a bunch of comedy clubs in cities where first-timers can go and try out their content, or maybe find a group of friends that are brutally honest and won’t just tell you you’re funny if you’re not and try a routine out on them!

57. Improv

This is another hobby that can help women in their 30s really escape their lives for a little bit. Improv is incredibly challenging but can be such a great way to go outside your comfort zone and try something completely new.

Kind of like with stand-up, there are improv classes where beginners can go to try it out. If there’s one thing I know about improv is “yes, and…” which is a technique used in improv to make you continue with the scenario and think on your feet.

The great part about “yes, and” is that you can learn to use it in your everyday life to help you face challenges and look at tough situations through a more problem-solving lens.

58. Mixology

If wine making really isn’t your thing, try making other drinks! It isn’t all about just throwing different liquids in the same glass, and you really do have to pay attention to what kinds of flavors go together.

Mixology is a super unique hobby that can help you figure out what you like, try flavors outside of what you’re used to, and just have a good time!

Kind of like with cooking or baking, it’s so easy to get lost in what you’re doing that it becomes what you look forward to at the end of your day.

59. Glass blowing

This is probably one of the most challenging creative hobbies you can take up, and not just for a woman in your 30s but just in general.

You would definitely need to find someone who can teach you how to be safe, but just a quick Google search for places in your area should help!

I think this is also one of the most impressive hobbies since this is a great way to learn something completely new and different that not many people can say they ever thought about trying. Also, super beautiful pieces you can use to decorate… pretty practical hobby if you ask me!

60. Photography

Now, this… probably one of my favorite hobbies that I used to have. While I’m more into writing at the moment, I went through a huge photography page and found it so exciting.

Going around and seeing life through a lens really helps you put things into perspective. My favorite part about this hobby is that I would try to take beautiful photos out of less-than-beautiful landscapes or places.

It really forces you to be creative and can be such a cathartic way to see life outside of just your eyes.

If there’s anything you get from this list, I hope it’s that there are so many different hobbies for women in their 30s. Life doesn’t have to solely revolve around work, family, friends, repeat.

It’s extremely important to take time for yourself, whether that’s being active, relaxing, practicing creativity, or trying something completely out of your comfort zone- it could end up being your new favorite activity.

Use this guide to try different hobbies, even if you end up hating them! It may take some time to find where your heart thrives most, but eventually you’ll find it, you just have to be open to making time for yourself!

If you want to hear it from someone else, Hannah Cheung has a YouTube video here about the importance of hobbies!




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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.



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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!

1. Mail and Key organizer Wall Mount

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.

2. Cocktail Mixology Art Print

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.

3. LED Color Changing Photo Clip Lights

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.

4. Alcohol Wooden Sign

Primitives by Kathy 19416 Classic Box Sign, 10 x 6-Inches, Alcohol

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.


5. Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar

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.

6. “Apartment Sweet Apartment” Pillow 

Apartment Sweet Apartment 14x20 Throw Pillow

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.


7. Engraved Glass Bathroom Jar

Classic Celebrations Engraved Glass Bathroom Jar

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.


8. Corner Shower Caddy

iDesign® Rain Tension Corner Shower Caddy in Silver

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.


9. Aesthetic Wall Collage Kit

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.

10. Hangovers Cure Sign

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.

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11. Tapestry

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.

12. Succulents

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

Records for Wall Aesthetic Pink CDs - By Haus and Hues | Poster for Room Aesthetic 90s Blush Pink Room Decor Pink Posters for Room Aesthetic VSCO Posters for College Dorms | UNFRAMED 12” x 16”

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.


16. Floor Lamp with Shelves

CO-Z Floor Lamp, Etagere Lamp with Shelves, Standing Lamp with 3 Wood Display Storage Shelves for Bedroom Bedside Corner Living Room, Simple Modern Floor Lights with LED Bulb

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.


17. Butterfly Motivational Wall Decor

Butterfly Wall Decor - Motivational Wall Art Poster - Positive Quote Home Decor - Uplifting Encouragement Gift for Women, Girls, Teens - Inspirational Decorations for Bedroom, Office, Living Room

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.


18. Moon Phases Glass Metal Mirror Set

Real Glass Metal Frame Moon Phases Decorative Mirror Set

Why have a boring mirror when you can have a set that creates the different phases of the moon! That is exactly what this next college apartment decor idea is.

This set of mirrors would make a great addition to your bedroom or even a hallway. They can be used as decorative and be useful for quick checks as you walk by.

You can look at your appearance several times as you walk by to make sure everything looks good. You can hang them all up together or separate, depending on what look you are going for.

So, if you enjoy the moon or want some cool lunar apartment decor, then this is just the decoration for you.


19. Desktop Organizer

Jerry & Maggie - Desktop Organizer Office Storage Rack

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.

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21. Laundry Sorter Cart

ROMOON 4 Bag Laundry Sorter Cart, Laundry Hamper Sorter with Heavy Duty Rolling Wheels for Clothes Storage, Black

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.


22. Marquee Letter Lights

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

Neon Love Signs Light LED Love Art Dorm Decor Sign-Wall Decor-Table Decor for Valentine's Gift Girls Room Kids Room Living Room House Bar Pub Hotel Beach Recreational Battery or USB Powered Light

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

TIMEYARD Floating Shelves Wall Mounted Set of 2 Rustic Arrow Design Wood Storage for Bedroom, Living Room, Bathroom, Kitchen, Office, etc

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.


25. Fishnet Wall decoration

CoZroom Fish Net Wall Decoration Pack with Seashells for Party Home Living Room Bedroom Mediterranean Style Medium Size 4ft 11 X 6ft6

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.


26. LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger

LED Desk Lamp, FFTONG Office Lamp with Wireless Charger & Adapter, USB Charging Port, Touch Control, 5 Lighting Modes & 5 Brightness Levels, Auto Timer, Dimmable Eye-Caring Table Light, Silver

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.

28. Woven Wall Art Decor

Wall Hanging Decor Woven Wall Art Macrame Tary Boho Chic Home Decoration For Apartment Bedroom Nursery Gallery,13" W×19" L

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.


29. LED Rose Flower String Lights

Fantasee LED Rose Flower String Lights Battery Operated for Wedding Home Party Birthday Festival Indoor Outdoor Decorations (16.4ft 50LED, White Rose Warm LED Lights)

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.

31. Ottoman

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.

32. Shoe Shelf Organizer

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

Honey-Can-Do 4-Tier Space Saver Shelf, Chrome, 24.02" L x 11.02" W x 67.72" H

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.

35. Metal Mesh Wire Grid Panel

Ecjiuyi 4 Pcs Multifunction Metal Mesh Wire Grid Panel with 30 Clips,Wall Decor/Photo Wall/Ins Art Display & Organizer for Room & Office (Black)

As I mentioned before, I love hanging up pictures in my apartment as decoration. This is why this next college apartment decor item would be perfect for doing just that.

These metal mesh wire grid panels help keep your pictures organized in one area and then hung easily. You can clip all of your pictures on the metal grids then hang up the grids on the wall or place them on a shelf or wherever you would like to put them.

These make hanging up pictures much easier than just putting them on the wall. You can put all four together to create a collage, or you could hang up each one in a different spot.

Whatever you choose, these grid panels help bring a personal touch and showcase your memories in your new college apartment.


36. Computer Desk with Storage

Novogratz Computer Desk with Storage, White Marble

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.


37. Cozy Saucer Chair

Milliard Cozy Chair/Faux Fur Saucer Chair for Bedroom/X-Large (Grey)

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.


38. Candy and Cookie Jar

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.

39. Countertop Organizer

EKNITEY Spice Rack Organizer for Countertop - Bathroom counter Organizer, 2 Tier Small Spice Shelf, Standing Seasoning Rack, Wooden Tabletop Storage Shelves for Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom and Office (...

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.


40. Three Tier Wood/Metal Cart

Mind Reader Charm 3 Tier Wood/Metal Utility Cart, Black/Brown

Remember the alcohol section I mentioned previously, well this cart may be perfect for just that. This three-tier cart is on wheels and would make for a great alcohol cart.

You could keep cups on one shelf, alcohol on another shelf. You can keep it tucked away and bring it out when needed or you could keep it on display at all times.

You could also use the cart to store snacks, pots and pans, shoes, whatever you want. It is a three-tier shelf on wheels that has many possibilities.

It can be tucked away in a closet or out and on display. It is also a nice dark wood, allowing for it to go great in your apartment.


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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.

43. Decorative Wine Bottles

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.

44. Round Marble Table

mDesign Round Metal & Marble in-Lay Accent Table - Side/End Table - Decorative Legs, Marble Top - Home Decor Accent Furniture for Living Room, Bedroom - Matte Black/Marble

Side tables are a must for any college apartment decor. They are very useful in living rooms and bedrooms. In my apartment, we have three side tables in our living room.

They are great for putting drinks on, phones, snacks, etc. This is why this round marble table would be great in your apartment. They can go at the ends of any chairs or couches you have.

You could put plants on them or pictures. It could also go in your room as a night stand or place to put candles, plants or pictures. Either way, this marble table would be very useful.


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.

46. Futon

DHP Emily Futon With Chrome Legs, Grey Linen

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

Wild Sage™ 55-Inch Potted Floor 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.


48. World Map Wall Art

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.

49. Mason Jar Sconces 

Mason Jar Wall Decor Rustic Wall Sconces Handmade Wall Art Hanging Design with Remote Control LED Fairy Lights and White Peony,Farmhouse Kitchen Decorations Wall Decor Living Room Lights Set of Two

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.


50. Vases

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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20 Places Where You Can Buy Used Textbooks – The Ultimate 2021 Guide

Are you having a hard time finding used textbooks at a low price? We’ve got you covered! Check out this ultimate guide for the best places where you can buy used textbooks.



Female college student sitting at a desk with a laptop and pile of textbooks

Paying for college is getting increasingly expensive. When you think you’re done paying for room and board, you still have school supplies to worry about! 

However, if there’s one thing you can do to save a ton of cash, it’s buying used textbooks. Why pay hundreds of dollars for a book you’ll likely only ever use once? 

Check out this ultimate guide for the best places to buy used textbooks. 


Bigwords.com logo

Save up to 90% on used textbooks with BIGWORDS! This site helps you compare the prices for all online textbook stores at once, so you can find the best and most affordable option for you and your family. 

Basically, it calculates every option you have in terms of deals from different sellers (plus shipping and handling), so you can see which sellers to buy from and how to save the most money. 

You can also use BIGWORDS to sell your textbooks when you’re done with them at the end of the year. There are tons of ways you can use this helpful site! Check it out here. 


allbookstores.com logo

AllBookstores is another great used textbook price comparison site. Here, you can compare prices from more than 3,000 online bookstores and sellers. You can buy new or used textbooks, and renting a book is also an option. 

This also isn’t a website strictly for textbooks; you can find anything from fiction to cookbooks for all your reading needs. Of course, at the end of the semester, you can use AllBookstores to sell them back! Check it out here. 


eCampus.com logo

At eCampus, there are loads of ways for you to make the most out of your textbooks! For starters, shipping is free with orders over $35, and you can even customize your orders for how long you want to rent out your textbooks. 

Plus, you can highlight up to a third of your rented textbook, and you can write in it — as long as it’s not excessive. 

While eCampus is mainly for temporarily renting textbooks, you have the option to purchase if that’s what you want! Check it out here

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With BetterWorldBooks, you’re guaranteed a satisfactory experience when it comes to buying the textbooks you need. 

In case you don’t have your book’s information, the site makes it really easy to find anything you’re looking for. You can find dozens of categories in the search bar, ranging from architecture books to travel books, and you can even buy CDs! 

They have standard free shipping, along with all sorts of rewards systems and gift certificates to make getting used textbooks in the future even easier. Check it out here. 

Campus Book Rentals


Study cheaper with Campus Book Rentals! This site has helped over 1 million students save money on used textbooks and make education more affordable. 

You have the option to rent a new or used textbook, and the site also has a support team you can call at any time to get the best value out of your books. If you’re done with a textbook, Campus Book Rentals will help you sell it too! Check it out here.



Cengage works a little differently from these other booksellers. Of course, they have the traditional option of renting used textbooks for a certain period of time, but in my opinion, they also offer something more interesting. 

For just $69.99 a semester (which is basically the price of one textbook), you get access to 14,000 digital textbooks, study guides, and test prep sheets through their program Cengage Unlimited eTextbook. 

Online textbooks plus supplementary materials sound like a good deal to me! Check it out here. 



For 25 years, AbeBooks has been helping college students save big on used textbooks. A good part of their textbook selection comes from independent booksellers, and many are even local bookstores in your area! 

AbeBooks also boasts some of the cheapest prices on the market. Some used copies have even sold for $1 plus shipping! 

AbeBooks even has some art, collectible, and even rare editions of textbooks, if that’s of interest to you. 

I’m totally down to buy a cool edition of a textbook I need while also supporting a local independent bookseller! Check it out here. 

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BookFinder wants to help you have the most affordable education possible, and the first step is saving up to hundreds of dollars on textbooks. The site has up to 150 million books for sale, including new, used, rare, and out-of-print editions. 

You can find books from booksellers in over 50 countries, as well as books written in English, French, German, Italian, and Dutch. 

I’d recommend BookFinder if you plan on studying abroad anytime soon; they clearly cater to international audiences! Check it out here



You can also find some great deals for used textbooks on Amazon! Their philosophy is that by saving big on textbooks, you have money left for the real-life lessons that matter. 

The site is super organized, so you can find what you need more easily (categories range from computers and internet to engineering), and you can even find some test preps and study guides! 

Plus, if you have younger siblings or know some school-aged children, Amazon also offers some K-12 practice worksheets. 

You can also get the textbooks as a Kindle option, and if you join Prime Student, you get free 2-day shipping! Check it out here.

Barnes & Noble 

barnesandnoble.comIt’s no surprise that the biggest booksellers in America also have you covered if you need used textbooks. The site has millions of textbooks to choose from, with some even selling for as low as 70% off. 

Barnes & Noble also guarantees high-quality books with no stains or missing pages, and this even applies to their available study guides and workbooks. You have the option of buying new or used textbooks, and you can sell your own! Check it out here.



Chegg is one of the most established used booksellers on the internet, so you’re bound to find what you need. 

Save up to 90% on Chegg’s enormous inventory of used textbooks. You also get free shipping if you spend $45 or more! 

Another great thing about Chegg is all the other benefits the site offers to help further your education. They have study materials, tutors, and even an internship-finding center! Check it out here. 

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Half Price Books


Half Price Books has hundreds of millions of books, music, movies, and anything else you’re looking to save money on buying! 

The site has a large network of independent booksellers (yay for small businesses!) that are ready to offer you competitive and affordable deals on the materials you need. 

Half Price Books has some in-person locations, but it’s totally easy to find books on their online marketplace too. 

Every single used textbook comes with detailed information about the book’s condition, so rest assured you’re getting your money’s worth! Check it out here.


alibris.com logo

Make the most out of buying your used textbooks by using Alibris! The site has a 100% satisfaction guarantee and affordable shipping. 

At Alibris, you buy your books from independent sellers worldwide who must maintain a strict code of service to continue collaborating with the site. 

With over 170 million available books on the site, you’re bound to find what you need at a reasonable price! Check it out here.

eBay ebay.com logoWho 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 


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 

Book Depository

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 

Goodwill Books

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 

Book Outlet

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.



A student sitting at a table on the computer

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!

Sites mentioned:

  • Bookboon
  • Library Genesis
  • Open Textbook Library
  • Free Book Spot
  • PDF Grab
  • Project Gutenberg
  • Stuvera
  • Google Scholar
  • OpenStax
  • Textbook Revolution
  • Bookyards
  • eBookLobby
  • FreeTechBooks
  • 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. 

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Library Genesis

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.

The main site is this one but the platform can be accessed through other links. Visit here to learn more about Library Genesis’ extensive library.

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.


Open Textbook Library

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

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.

PDF Grab

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.

Project Gutenberg

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.

Google Scholar

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

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

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.

Many Books

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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