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For some students starting college or university, furnishing their new apartment involves a lot more than a quick trip to the local lumberyard to fashion desks out of plywood and shelf supports from bricks. Many students now place as much emphasis on their apartments as they do on their grade point average.

“In the last few years, people, including students, have been spending more money on the places where they live,” says Richard Paik, general manager of EQ3, a furniture store on Queen Street West.

Shopping offers up the following “higher end” pieces that will promise to make you apartment look more like a young professional’s pad rather than a starving student’s dive, as long as parents are willing to shell out some extra cash.

Think New Age bean bag furniture, it’s lightweight, strong and stylish. Lounger (above) is $250, ottoman (not shown) $70. From SUMO, www.sumolounge.com.

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