BBB GUIDE: Buying a Mattress for off Campus Living
Buying a Mattress for off Campus Living
A great night’s sleep is important for college students, as adequate sleep is needed for a healthy mood, academic performance, mental health, and more. And a good mattress and bedding is an important part of that great night’s sleep for every college student. In the dorms or Greek housing, your mattress comfort may be the luck of the draw, but even if you have no choice in the mattress you sleep on every night, there are things you can do to make your sleep environment more comfortable and healthy — specifically, mattress toppers and great bedding. If you’re lucky enough to be able to choose your own mattress in college, we have great news for you: mattresses and mattress shopping just keep getting better, cheaper, and more convenient for college students. New sleep technology, particularly in online direct to consumer foam mattresses, offers more comfort, choice, convenience, and price options than college students have been able to enjoy before. Often, students are able to get a top quality mattress that will meet their needs at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in a traditional mattress store — and even have it conveniently delivered in a compact box. In this guide, we’ll take a look at mattress needs in a variety of college living situations and how you can make your sleeping environment the best it can be no matter where you’re living during college. You’ll also learn about the leading sources for online mattresses, plus find resources for learning about sleep, sleep disorders, and getting help with sleep or mental health if there’s a problem.
What Are Your Mattress Needs in College?
Your college mattress needs will largely depend on your living situation. Students in dorms, fraternities, and sororities will often have beds and mattresses provided, so all that’s needed is bedding. But students living in off-campus housing will need to purchase a mattress as well as bedding. Students staying home may just stick with what’s already there, or take an opportunity to upgrade their bedding, mattress, or both. Whatever your situation, you should find a mattress, bedding, and accessories that fit your needs and help you get a good night’s sleep to take on the challenges of college life.
Living Off Campus in an Apartment or House
Unlike dorm or Greek life, you’re usually on your own for a bed and mattress in an off-campus apartment or house. Rarely, off-campus housing is furnished, but most of the time, students bring in their own furniture, mattress, and bedding. This means you’ll need to buy more, but it also gives you more options for making your space comfortable.
Choosing a Mattress
If you’re moving into off-campus housing, you’re probably starting fresh with an entirely new bed and mattress. That means you can choose the size and type of bed that’s most comfortable for you, ranging from twin or twin XL to king, even California king. Of course, you may be limited on size, as some off-campus housing bedrooms may not be large enough to accommodate queen or king size beds.
Mattress prices can range from $100 or less to thousands of dollars. The price of the mattress you choose will largely depend on the size, brand, and type of mattress. A twin innerspring mattress may cost as little as $100, or you can choose a full memory foam mattress for $4,000 or more.
Take a look at all types of mattresses, including innerspring and memory foam mattresses. Consider firmness and comfort, and especially how you like to sleep at night. Firm mattresses are good for back support, while softer mattresses are better for side sleepers. A memory foam mattress can offer more support and a restful night’s sleep.
Unlike dorm or Greek housing, the mattress you buy for off-campus housing is likely be the one you use throughout your college years — possibly even beyond. While you may be limited on a college student’s budget, it’s a good idea to buy the best quality mattress you can afford. You’ll be sleeping on it for at least four years and it may even be the mattress you take with you to your first post-college apartment or home as well. You should plan to use this mattress for its entire eight year lifespan and buy accordingly.
In addition to a mattress, you’ll need to find bedding including a fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillowcases, comforter, and blanket for your off-campus room. Your mattress size may dictate your choice of bedding, as you may find more variety in twin and full sizes.
In off-campus housing, you’ll have more of an opportunity to coordinate your bedding with your entire room. Often, students start with a comforter or sheet set they like and then plan the rest of the room around that color scheme.
Buying a Mattress Online
If your college housing comes with a mattress, you’re set. But if you need to buy a mattress, you may be overwhelmed with options. While mattresses were once only sold by mattress and furniture stores, mattress manufacturers are increasingly selling direct to consumers, usually online. Online mattress businesses including Casper, Leesa, and Tuft & Needle have become popular in recent years for their affordability; or others like Filigree, Trident, and Mattress Matthew for quality, and convenience. We’ve gathered the most comprehensive set of consumer experiences on all of the direct to consumer mattress companies available online.