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There has been virtually no research on college students’ re-creations of home on college campuses. This research seeks to address this gap in literature and investigate the re-creation of home by college students on college campuses through a qualitative analysis of student experiences in on-campus housing at the University of Mary Washington. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were used to understand individual student perspectives on home and home re-creation. Home re-creation on college campuses is an individual and complex process. No single feature or collections of features transform a space into home for everyone. Main elements that create a sense of home for many students in on-campus housing are decorations, the enactment of rituals, memories, and social experiences. These aspects help students create a sense of home on campus. Thus, even with its temporary and transitional nature, students can re-create home in on-campus housing.
Huggins, Hannah, "Home: Recreated in a College Setting" (2020). Student Research Submissions. 354.