When you head off to college, you’re heading off to one of the greatest times of your life. There’s a lot to look forward to, from meeting new people to seeing and learning lots of new things.
To make it the best experience possible, there are a few dorm room essentials to pick up. These things will make life easier and help you enjoy the experience a lot more!
Item #1: Mini Refrigerator
Investing in a mini fridge is a great idea if you end up in a place without one already in place. This may not sound like a big deal, but you’ll change your mind when you go out to eat and bring back some great leftovers… only to realize you don’t have any place to keep them.
Another thing to think about is the need for late-night snacks, booze or just soda. Most dining halls aren’t open 24/7, so eventually you’ll be craving that late-night drink but have nowhere to go get it.
Item #2: Futon
Futons are perfect for just about every college student out there. When you’re tired of working at your desk, you can sit in the corner of the futon and study. While you’re watching TV or playing video games, it’s by far the best place to sit. And when your friend needs to spend the night for one reason or another, he can do so without having to share a bunk with you.
Just make sure you get a semi-decent one. There are some futons that are dirt-cheap, but investing in a good one will make sure it survives all 4 (or 5 or 6) years of college.
Item #3: Coffee Maker
Even though some people make it through college without a coffee maker… it makes life much better. Being able to make yourself a good cup of coffee- whether it’s 3 in the morning or 10 on a Saturday morning- is awesome.
Another potential option is an electric tea kettle, but a coffee maker is a bit more flexible. You can use a coffee maker for tea, but you can’t use the tea kettle for coffee!
And if you really like coffee, you could ask for one that also has an espresso maker. Just know that for this one little luxury does tack on a bit to the bill.
Item #4: Air Filter
Some dorms are over 100 years old. While that may seem like nothing to someone from Europe or Asia, it is a bit scary for most people in the U.S.
Especially when you think about the fact that you have NO idea what people have previously done in your room. College is the time of experimentation, right?
So it makes sense to make a decent HEPA air filter. Even if your dorm is fairly new or refurbished, it’s still worth the investment. Anytime you have a lot of people living in one place like that, you’re bound to get a lot of dust in the air.
Item #5: Bedding
…this may sound funny, but you’d be surprised at how many people show up to their college dorm room without bedding!
Even though many dorms provide a mattress, they never provide bedding. And even if they do, it’s worth spending a few bucks to make sure you get something new and of good quality.