Studio Apartment Tour + Tips on Small Space Living

Studio Apartment Tour + Tips on Small Space Living


Hey guys! I’m Jeremy. This is WhyRyerson,
and today we are here in my 250-ish square foot studio apartment, as you can see behind
me. I really want to give you guys this realistic picture of what it’s like to live as a university
student in downtown Toronto. Specifically if you’re considering off-campus housing.
So I’m going to give you a tour, but rather than just stop there, I’m also going to give
you tips throughout it, and talk about how is it that you can maximize the small living
space. And how can you really make it feel like a second home. Without further ado, let’s
get into it! Okay, so as you come through my door, you
are first greeted to the very lovely sight of a trash can, and this very dirty $4 bamboo
mat, which has definitely served its purpose of keeping all the dirt and mud out of my
room throughout the winter. Now, we have these hooks over here. Pro tip: if your landlord
doesn’t allow you do nail into the wall, then you just have some command hooks or just attach
command strips to regular hooks. We have this very hard-to-reach shelf right above my door,
so I just tossed up there a bunch of shoe boxes, as I’m not going to be needing those
anytime soon. Moving onto here, that’s my bathroom, we’re going to come back to that
in a second. I’m using my dresser right now as like a pseudo kitchen counter, as you can
see. I also have this little box. These are great, you can get them at Bed, Bath, and
Beyond. They act as nice little organizers, I just have like cereal, other dry foods,
and vitamins in there right now. Also, if you don’t own as many clothes as I do, as
I definitely own more than the average university student, then consider downsizing on the size
of your dresser just to save up on space. Now, we have one of the three key kitchen
appliances that I think every student needs. This is an oven toaster, the other two would
be the rice cooker and the microwave. And we have this door mounted mirror, hey. I was
originally planning on putting this on my bathroom door, but, I’ve sort of just left
it propped up on the oven toaster, and it’s remained like that all year. We have my buzzer
over here, so I can use this to talk to people if they’re at the main door downstairs and
open the door without actually going downstairs. This is my fridge. If we take a look inside,
you can see there isn’t very much food right now. And we also have my coffee machine, which
I don’t use very much anymore. And a Brita filter. And moving onto my desk area. This
is a gaming chair, and it’s actually one of the more expensive furniture pieces in my
room. And the desk, I actually just got at Ikea. And this hutch here is a separate add-on.
I love it, because as you can see, you can write on it, this little Open House reminder.
And also, I have like an equation sheet over here too, so it’s actually magnetic as well.
And I just love putting my personal items right above the hutch. I have my lanyard from
the George Vari Innovation Conference. This is like a wooden Game of Thrones map, and
I also have my engineering hard hat from frosh week. And that is a metal Interstellar poster,
which is attached to my wall using a magnetic strip. Moving onto my window area. This is
my rice cooker, and this is a plant which needs to be watered more. We just have my
air conditioner over here, I had to get this installed separately, as my unit did not come
with an air conditioner. Also, other thing, my building actually has free parking, but
I don’t own a car, so it’s never been a big concern of mine. This is just a bunch of dirty
laundry, which reminds me I need to go do laundry soon. We just have some luggage here
that I use when I need to go visit my parents. This is my guitar, and these lights here are
awesome. You can get them at Ikea, or Walmart actually. And they just add a lot of light
to your room, in case your existing light fixtures don’t do a great enough job. Now
we’re going to talk about my bed. I really messed up getting this bed. Because it was
a very expensive purchase, and not that it’s not a cool bed or anything! Because check
this out. Say your girlfriend is visiting or something, right? If you have two mattresses,
you can actually turn this into a second bed. Because this pulls out, and basically extends
the actual size of your bed frame. But it doesn’t fit in my room. I was originally planning
on putting this horizontally against this wall, but I didn’t take the measurements properly.
So it doesn’t fit like that. And I can’t even lean it up against that wall because of the
very terrible placement of that radiator there. So yeah, it’s just sort of sitting here now
in the middle of my room, and this second bed frame is unused. But unfortunately, I
spent too much money on this bed and I’m not even getting the maximum potential out of
it. And over here is like my poster and photo wall. I have way more pictures and way more
posters, but this is just what I put up because I thought it worked well with the overall
atmosphere of the room so far. They’re all attached to the wall with sticky tack. You
can get this at Staples if you don’t already know, it’s definitely going to not damage
your wall. This is like my pseudo-kitchen area. I don’t have an actual stove, so this
is my burner. Microwave, and just like a dish rack over here. And if we look inside, this
is the holy grail of spices. I love my spices, and if you just can’t be bothered to learn
how to cook, or you just don’t have enough time in the week, because I’ve definitely
made the same meals for like five days straight, then spices really will add a bit of variety.
We just have some stuff right now in my sink, we’re not going to take a look at that. Excuse
me for having actual dirty dishes. Then we have my apron, which I use when I’m cooking
or doing the dishes. This is the only closet in my entire unit and as you can see, more
clothes, a lot more clothes. I would recommend that everybody get a shoe rack, as it really
does save up on a lot of floor space, and will also keep your shoes from dirtying your
floor. Up here are just a bunch of random miscellaneous items. I got laundry detergent,
and this personal handheld steamer. You can get this on Amazon. I think everybody should
get them, because we all hate wrinkly clothes. And these don’t take up as much space as an
ironing board, and they’re actually really quick and easy to use. Now, we’re going to
actually move on to my bathroom area now, so let’s go over there.
Apologies if the sound just got worse, unfortunately the light switch also turns on the fan automatically.
There isn’t much I want to show you guys here, but if you look underneath my actual sink,
I just have a bunch of random hygiene products, and also Lysol wipes! I recommend everybody
get Lysol wipes! As I probably use these 60% of the time when I’m cleaning anything. And
we also have this multi-pant-hanger-thing. These are awesome. I think everyone should
get them, and also these hooks. These are also great too for hanging other stuff, like
I have my towel here too. And the next thing is the shower caddie. Everyone should get
one of these, these act as like another shelf for you to put all your shampoo and soap on
in the shower. You can get them as big or as small as you like them, and make sure you
try to get something in like an anti-rust material. Okay, so this video is already getting
long, but before we end it I just want to give you guys some quick tips in terms of
finding the right accommodations. Number one, where is it you can actually look? Rental
listing sites are great, but also don’t forget about the university off-campus housing
office. If you reach out to them, they’re going to be able to put you in touch with
affiliated landlords, and property managers. Next thing, is try to find a place that has
the cost of utilities already included within the price of your rent. One, it’s one less
payment for you to worry about, but also, consider the fact that even if the base price
looks good, if the utilities are through the roof, it’s just not going to be worth it at
the end of the day. Here’s one really uncommon tip, but try to find a place that has double
paned glass windows. The reason why I say this, is because this is Canada and if you
don’t know, it can get really cold here during the winter. So having double paned glass windows
is just going to save you on a lot of heating costs as you’re not going to have to turn
up your heat all the way, because your windows are going to be able to keep out most of the
cold already. So, that’s it for this video, let me know what you guys think of my apartment
down in the comments below. Let me know something that you guys want to be adding to your apartments.
Tell us, what do you want to see next from WhyRyerson? Until next time, bye everyone!

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