The list author says: "We ordered quite a few things from Amazon for my son's freshman year dorm - some were very successful, others he thought we could do without. Oh well. We traveled across the country by airplane, and were very limited in what we could bring with us. We never could have done it without Amazon. With the two-day air on Amazon Prime, all of our items were delivered simultaneously with our arrival. No one had to store them for us, and the items were there waiting when we got there.
"assembly directions were not the best, but nice to have a bike in this price range that could get shipped ahead to school on Amazon prime for free. Could be a little bit bigger for a 6' freshman, but it will get him where he wants to go. good price."
"This fits inside the door of most dormitory size refrigerators. Students are much more likely to drink lots of water if there is a cold pitcher of it in their room. This also purifies the water they drink and removes any funny taste that might be present."
"Does your student like to hit the snooze alarm and squeeze in those precious extra minutes? Well, that routine can be very annoying to the roomate sleeping 10 feet away.
This clock should be mandatory for all students with a roommate who gets up at a different time. You can use the bed shaker to wake you instead of a loud alarm and it will allow your roommate to continue slumbering."
"Most of the mattresses in college dorm rooms have seen better days. This mattress topper comes in twin xl, and serves as a wonderful extra layer of comfort and cleanliness between your freshman and that beat up mattress the school has supplied. Made my son's bed the envy of his floor."
"Fill with shampoo, soap, washcloths, toothpaste, and all the rest of their personal necessities and sleep well at night knowing that you have done all you can to ensure that your college freshman is maintaining the standards of personal hygiene that they were taught back at home. Sigh."
"College students should be advised to back up their laptops regularly to avoid disaster. If they do this and keep a backed up hard drive in their room, they can avoid the agony that can be caused by a crashed or stolen laptop."
"Nice wireless printer. Easy to set up for more than one computer so your student and their roomie can both take advantage. Wireless is nice since most kids are using laptops and need to take them to the library or class and don't want to deal with a bunch of wires every time they pack up or print."
"If you don't get a chair for your room, the only place to sit is the bed or the hard desk chair. When other kids come to visit, it is great to have a comfy chair for them to sit on. This one is good because it can fold up if you need floor space, like if you have a friend visiting and need room to put out an air mattress."