The 5 Most Surprising College Freshman Essentials

SUNY Binghamton


It’s back to school time, and for those of you returning to your campuses for the second, third and fourth (congrats, seniors!) times around, heading back to school should be a walk in the park for you.

But for those of you newcomers, you have a lot to learn about living in a college dorm room. You’re all pretty smart, so there’s no need to go over the basics. But when I was a college freshman, there were a few things that no one seemed to mention before I left for school. You know, like the fact that freshman dorms tend to be the width of my arm span, or that there would be ZERO privacy with the communal bathrooms and that you’ll have a roommate whose bed is literally an arm’s length away.

Never fear, we’re preparing you all with the college dorm essentials you’ll need!


These are Meals Ready to Eat. They can be a TV dinner or anything prepared in the microwave. You’ll need these for when you’re on the go and don’t have time for the dining hall.

2. Ear plugs

Pray your roommate doesn’t snore, but be prepared, just in case.

3. An extremely annoying alarm clock

Sometimes waking up is the hardest thing to do, hungover or otherwise.

4. Under-the-bed storage

Your room is tiny and you need to maximize what little space you have.

5. Costumes

Halloween is a three-night event and themed parties are common. Be ready, have options. You never want to be in the same costume twice.

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