8 Things to Share With Your College Roommate
Once you get your college roommate assignment, you can start planning who will bring what to college in the fall.
Before you contact your roommate, check your college’s housing office website (or contact the housing office directly) to see what items are already included in the room and learn about rules for items you can and can’t bring. A typical dorm room usually includes a bed/mattress, desk, desk chair and a dresser, along with a cable TV and Internet connection.
Many of the items you’ll want to share with your roommate are big-ticket items. By sharing these with your roommate, you can cut the cost of items you’ll need to bring with you during your freshman year. So you can avoid having two microwaves and no TV, here’s a list of dorm room items to discuss with your future roomie (and hopefully, your future best friend).
1. TV and DVD player
When you’re not studying, a TV and DVD player in your room will come in handy for entertainment. You won’t need a large one, so a small, inexpensive flat screen TV might be a good option. The DVD player will come in handy so you can watch videos rented at the Redbox down the street or via Netflix.
Some colleges may not allow these in dorms rooms (or may already have them available), so check with your housing office before buying. If microwaves are allowed, check on wattage requirements.
Check with your housing before buying this item. Some colleges may already have these included in the room, while others may have size restrictions on how large your mini-fridge can be.
4. Coffee maker
Whether one or both of you drink coffee, you only need one of these machines taking up space in your dorm room. Some colleges require coffee makers to have an automatic shut-off.
5. Room décor
Talk with your roommate about what he or she plans to bring to decorate your room. This way you can color-coordinate your room, and split up the purchasing of items like rugs and posters.
6. Ironing board and iron
Having two ironing boards and irons just takes up more space, so these two items could be more things you can share. ’Cuz really, how often do you iron your clothes anyway?
7. Extra furniture
Although dorms rooms typically aren’t super huge, many students make room for an extra chair (such as a recliner or a bean bag chair) or even a small futon. Talk with your roommate about what he or she plans to bring, so you don’t both end up bringing a big piece of furniture and end up arguing about who will take theirs back home.
If your dorm room isn’t air conditioned (or even if it is), having a couple of fans to circulate the air and keep it cool (especially in the first few months of school) will help keep your room comfortable. Talk to your roommate about how many fans and what kinds of fans (box fan, circulating fan, etc.) you want to bring.