While it may not happen to everyone, the “Freshman 15” is a real thing. Adjusting to creating your own meal plan (and late-night mozzarella sticks in the dining hall) can lead to weight gain. That’s why it’s better not to invest in a whole new wardrobe that may not fit after the first semester.
One word: Netflix. Despite tons of movies and shows to watch on affordable streaming services, and most other primetime shows available online on demand, a TV is really a waste of space and an unnecessary hit to your budget.
Most college students don’t have the time, space or energy to iron anything. Instead, opt for a wrinkle-release spray like one from Downy.
Dorms have limited seating, so it’s likely your bed will double as a study area, kitchen table and couch for guests. Stick to inexpensive bedding that you won’t mind getting dirty, ripped or ruined.
—An external hard drive
Instead of buying a hard drive to store and save your work, use free cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive.
—A high-end laptop
Most inexpensive laptops have all of the tools you’ll need to get your work done, so there’s no need to invest in a high-end model.
—A mini fridge
This may seem like a dorm room staple, but most students tend to chose the dining hall over the food store during freshman year, leaving the mini fridge empty for much of the semester. Skip it. If you do wind up needing one, most dorms have a common room with a fridge to share.
New iPhone models are usually released right after school begins, so it’s best to leave it off your back-to-school shopping list. Even if you don’t want the newest model, the release will likely cause earlier versions to drop in price.