Unrealistic? NTU's aesthetic dorm room makeover has netizens questioning feasibility

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Amidst Covid-19 concerns (and us being in the year 2020 and all), Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) open house has gone digital this year.

What caught the attention of netizens, however, was neither the campus facilities nor the school's courses. It was a Facebook post showing off the NTU dorms.

The post, uploaded on Feb 28 as a leadup to the actual open house, featured several posh-looking refurbished dorm rooms.

From the modern Scandinavian theme in Hall 5 to lush botanical aesthetics over at Hall 1 and 2, the rooms looked as though they belonged in an Ikea catalogue.

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While the decor was gorgeous and absolutely Pinterest-worthy, many students couldn't help but point out that the actual rooms couldn't be further from the truth.

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As it turned out, the rooms displayed were originally designed for Hey!, the campus newsletter, to show students how they too could decorate their dorms on a shoestring budget using upcycled materials.

According to the NTU's hall rules, residents are actually not allowed to use any form of adhesives or equivalent items to fix decors to any furniture, windows, walls etc or risk paying for any damages incurred during its removal.

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It wasn't explicitly stated, but an alumnus shared how they would have gotten in trouble for simply changing the curtains.

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Regardless, even if they were allowed to decorate their rooms to their wishes, one pointed out such designs were just downright unrealistic since time was just not permissible.

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AsiaOne has reached out to NTU for comment. 

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