Earlier this week, we brought you information on items you’ll want to bring to college and share with your college roommate. Today, we’re bringing you the opposite: things you won’t want to share with your roommate. Here’s our list of items you’ll want to bring for your own use at college:
1. Alarm clock—We know you’ve got an alarm clock on your smartphone, but sometimes it’s good to have a back up in case your phone battery dies in the middle of the night.
2. Laptop and/or tablet—You’ll need your laptop and/or tablet to take notes in class and work on homework, so it’s a good idea to have your own. Check with your college’s IT department to find out what specifications to look for if you’re buying a new device just for college.
3. Dishware and food storage containers—Even if you have a dining plan, it’s likely you’ll eat a meal or snack in your room at some point. You won’t need much of this, but you’ll want a couple of microwaveable plates and bowls; a few forks, knives and spoons; a cup or coffee mug; and a couple of food storage containers. Having a few of these items of your own will ensure you’ll have what you need when you want to eat a snack or quick breakfast in your room.
4. Shower supplies—We’re not just talking toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and soap. You’ll want your own shower caddy/basket to haul your shower essentials to and from the bathroom, as well as your own set (or two) or towels and a pair of plastic shower flip flops. And don’t forget a bathrobe so you can cover up while walking down the hall to the shower.
5. Bedding—Obviously, each of you will have your own bed, so each of you will need to bring sheets (usually extra long ones), a blanket, a bedspread and even pillows.
6. Bike—This is something you could possibly share with your roommate, but if you plan to use your bike a lot to go to class across campus, you may want to take your own (as well as a good bike chain and lock) so it’s available for you to use when you need it.
7. Video game console—If you want to play video games and don’t want to start over at level 1, you may want to bring your own console.
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