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To those who are living or have lived in college dorms

What would you consider the essentials??

I want to make sure that the oldest gets everything that she needs, but not necessarily everything that she wants.
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heavy duty door lock, pepper spray and cattle prod.
She will be moving into the dorms, not into jsharr's basement.
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Dorms are a good transition out of the parent's house. It gives you a chance to live on your own without all the responsibility and headaches. You have an easy source of meals and laundry. Small rooms usually means you can't make too big of a mess. Lots of people around to socialize with, because the 1st couple months away can be emotionally traumatic.

Depending upon how spoiled the kids are, I'd say that a desk, bed, running water and heater is pretty much the minimum needed; anything else is a luxury.
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Or Monet.
Exactly. That covers 96% of all female college dorms.


For a male, a water bong and an indefinable bad smell are standard issue.
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Hotplate, potted plants, fan, shower sandals, laundry bag, laptop lock, filebox, storage totes, bicycle, febreeze
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A set of good headphones if she likes to listen to music. The hot plate is not a bad idea, but some dorms have funny rules. So best to check in advance. A laptop in general is not a bad idea. Nothing fancy, but needs to be durable, light and portable. Anything larger then 15 inc screen is pain to lug around. Depending on what kind of life she live with you guys - sheltered (curfew, no boy friend, call every hour etc) vs independent some trust in her to not watch ever move - an appropriate talk might be appropriate.
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food that's easy to cook (dorm kitchen, room microwave, etc) but not too unhealthy, bedsheets that are "long twin" specific, laundry bag, storage plastic box things, lamp light, trash can, under the bed storage boxes?, broom, swiffer (the one with the wipes, not the wet jet), toaster, laptop (if she doesn't already have one).

i lived in a dorm about two and a half years ago... so it's pretty recent. i never ever wanted to waste too much money so i stuck to the essentials and that's what i remember most.
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As a financial aid professional AND parent of college aged kids:

Domestications.com has t-shirt material x-long sheets in a rainbow of colors for about $15 a set. Great deals on comforters/pillows/towels, etc. If the room has a small fridge/microwave unit - or there's one near her room: a costco/sams size box of microwave popcorn. Non-fridge fruit cups, soft drinks, energy bars, canned nuts, dried fruits, ramen noodle packs, and other easy microwave or no cook foods & snacks that are storable. Laundry bag & a pack of those Purex All-in-one washing/dryer rags. If the floors are tile or concrete, a small rug. Contact the roommate to see what electronics they are bringing (dorms are small - one TV is usually enough!). If you can visit the dorm before you send her off, you might also think about a comfy yet cheap desk chair, desk organizer stuff. A travel bathroom kit with all required "stuff". Copies of any perscriptions - and scan these into YOUR computer so you can replace them as needed.

MAKE SURE your child signs ALL NECESSARY releases the college has so that you can get information about her grades, classes, schedules, etc. READ the college's information and policies about Family Educational Records And Privacy Act (FERPA) because, once your child is 18, without signed releases, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO YOUR CHILD's EDUCATIONAL RECORDS (or at least, no rights without a whole bunch of red tape!!) which also include financial aid records. (If you pay her tuition, and then she gets some sort of aid resulting in a refund, SHE gets the refund, not you, and without a prior release, the college has no right to even TELL you!!)

Your child can now decide to take out Federal Direct Loans WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE - so PLEASE have a conversation with her about this - spring break is NOT a necessity which requires a loan!!
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Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
As a financial aid professional AND parent of college aged kids:

Domestications.com has t-shirt material x-long sheets in a rainbow of colors for about $15 a set. Great deals on comforters/pillows/towels, etc. If the room has a small fridge/microwave unit - or there's one near her room: a costco/sams size box of microwave popcorn. Non-fridge fruit cups, soft drinks, energy bars, canned nuts, dried fruits, ramen noodle packs, and other easy microwave or no cook foods & snacks that are storable. Laundry bag & a pack of those Purex All-in-one washing/dryer rags. If the floors are tile or concrete, a small rug. Contact the roommate to see what electronics they are bringing (dorms are small - one TV is usually enough!). If you can visit the dorm before you send her off, you might also think about a comfy yet cheap desk chair, desk organizer stuff. A travel bathroom kit with all required "stuff". Copies of any perscriptions - and scan these into YOUR computer so you can replace them as needed.

MAKE SURE your child signs ALL NECESSARY releases the college has so that you can get information about her grades, classes, schedules, etc. READ the college's information and policies about Family Educational Records And Privacy Act (FERPA) because, once your child is 18, without signed releases, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO YOUR CHILD's EDUCATIONAL RECORDS (or at least, no rights without a whole bunch of red tape!!) which also include financial aid records. (If you pay her tuition, and then she gets some sort of aid resulting in a refund, SHE gets the refund, not you, and without a prior release, the college has no right to even TELL you!!)

Your child can now decide to take out Federal Direct Loans WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE - so PLEASE have a conversation with her about this - spring break is NOT a necessity which requires a loan!!
Already using the Purex product as a trial to ensure no reactions. She has a laptop that will be dual purpose- productivity and entertainment. The campus has WiFi throughout, so she can stream content of her choosing instead of acquiring a TV.

The release forms have been signed already. The oldest and her mom went down this past week for enrollment and to pay the housing deposit. The fact that she prefers me to have access to the info over her own biological father still blows me away.
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I think my parents had too much trust in me. I never signed anything that would allow them to see my grades. lol Wouldn't have signed even if they asked me to.
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Cube fridge.
Airpop popcorn popper so she can gas attack the hall (I truly loathe the smell of popcorn).
Meal ticket.
A net hammock to keep ****.
Target gift card.
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Thongs. (Shower shoes, not underwear, ya pervs!)
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the less you think about what happens in your daughters college dorm room, the better you'll sleep at night.
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The skill to do her own laundry. I know it may seem funny, but when I was in school there were more than a few students in the dorms who had never done laundry before.
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Or Monet.
Funny. My college girlfriend had a Mary Cassat poster. Does every girl discover Impressionism at 18?
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Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
Exactly. That covers 96% of all female college dorms.


For a male, a water bong and an indefinable bad smell are standard issue.
You forgot the Einstein poster with him sticking his tongue out.
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Thongs. (Shower shoes, not underwear, ya pervs!)
Whatever you say dude, whatever you say.
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Eons ago, when I last lived in a dorm, bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases) came with the room. Hot plates were prohibited. But back then in the dark ages, there were no computers and no microwaves and hardly anyone in the dorms even had a TV set.

Check with the school and the dorm management...they probably have lists of "essentials" and "desirables" already prepared. And...Google is your friend.
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Eons ago, when I last lived in a dorm, bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases) came with the room. Hot plates were prohibited. But back then in the dark ages, there were no computers and no microwaves and hardly anyone in the dorms even had a TV set.

Check with the school and the dorm management...they probably have lists of "essentials" and "desirables" already prepared. And...Google is your friend.
Let me be the first to say, ewww gross. And are you sure they came with the room as opposed to having been left in the room?
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Eons ago, when I last lived in a dorm, bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases) came with the room. Hot plates were prohibited. But back then in the dark ages, there were no computers and no microwaves and hardly anyone in the dorms even had a TV set.

Check with the school and the dorm management...they probably have lists of "essentials" and "desirables" already prepared. And...Google is your friend.
Let me be the first to say, ewww gross. And are you sure they came with the room as opposed to having been left in the room?
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Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
As a financial aid professional AND parent of college aged kids:

Domestications.com has t-shirt material x-long sheets in a rainbow of colors for about $15 a set. Great deals on comforters/pillows/towels, etc. If the room has a small fridge/microwave unit - or there's one near her room: a costco/sams size box of microwave popcorn. Non-fridge fruit cups, soft drinks, energy bars, canned nuts, dried fruits, ramen noodle packs, and other easy microwave or no cook foods & snacks that are storable. Laundry bag & a pack of those Purex All-in-one washing/dryer rags. If the floors are tile or concrete, a small rug. Contact the roommate to see what electronics they are bringing (dorms are small - one TV is usually enough!). If you can visit the dorm before you send her off, you might also think about a comfy yet cheap desk chair, desk organizer stuff. A travel bathroom kit with all required "stuff". Copies of any perscriptions - and scan these into YOUR computer so you can replace them as needed.

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i had no idea there was stuff to sign for my parents to have permission to see my grades. i always just see them online, print them out and mail it to them.
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I lived in a dorm last year, so this is fresh in my mind.

A laundry hamper is essential.
Usually dorms come equipped with a dresser, but you also may want additional storage to fit under the bed.
Desk lamp.
Microwave, fridge, and non-perishable snacks are not essential but wildly handy.
Posters. Might seem frivolous but a bland room isn't desirable to be in. The college might sell them on site though.
Fan.
A lot of laundry detergent.
Sheets, blankets, and towels.

Don't bother with an alarm clock because everybody uses their cellphone.

A laptop is a must, an absolute must. Whether or not your kid wants to tote it around should dictate the screen size. At my college, at least, I am yet to be in a class where people use laptops. It's probably less common at smaller schools.
Headphones. If you buy speakers, make sure they're not too powerful or your kid will be hated by neighbors.
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A care package with the basics:

Cleaning materials such as a soft scrub, all purpose surface cleaner, sponges, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, paper towels, toothpaste, an extra toothbrush, pump soap, antibacterial hand cleaner, laundry detergent, aspirin, first aid stuff such as bandaids, hydrogen peroxide, etc.., scissors, scotch tape, push pins, sticky notes, calendar, women's personal products.......that sorta stuff.
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