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A Printer is still necessary, and I've *never* seen a school that offered free printing to all students. Get a laser jet, much cheaper per page.
They can get their own tablet. Not at all required unless a class specifically demands one.
3. Sort of agree.
Sure, you don't need really expensive bedding, but I'd suggest getting one of those anti-bedbug bags for your mattress if you're living in a dorm. (I still have nightmares about the bedbug infestation we had in my 3rd year.)
Your kid can work to get his/her own TV. If the students in question can't afford it, they should get used to the idea of not always being able to get what they want.
If you plan on getting a job while in school, keep yourself neat. Get an iron/ironing board, or borrow one at least.
You still need clothes.
7.Your mileage may vary.
Whether or not you need a good laptop depends on your major, and housing situation. You can build a very high end desktop for a fraction of what a lower powered "high end" laptop is going to cost you. Even more so when compared to how badly you'd get ripped off with apple computers.
I'd never, ever trust the communal fridge in a dorm. And being able to store ingredients and cook my own stuff saved a ton of money that would have been wasted eating out.
9. Disagree (Sounds like an attempt to get more subscribers for Microsoft...)
External hard drives can be pretty useful, and might not be subject to network/power outages, and bandwidth/access limitations that you could run into. The idea that students won't back things up is pretty stupid as well. Everyone I knew always saved their stuff in multiple places if it was important.
No real need for a smartphone, although they are very convenient.
I cant think of anyone that didn't have a small refrigerator when I was in college. And there is nothing about the difference in the last 20 years that would make THAT change.
I completely disagree. I have my third one in college...
Yes they bought their own HD TV with graduation money.. and get a lot of use out of it.. not only does their Hi Tech lap top display on it.. but, they can entertain in their room or just be by themselves. gaming. etc.. there is down time, just like at home and common rooms can before a lot of rooms and you may not be interested in what is going on there. no mini frig really.. I have 3 athletes... we need food and water 24/7 there is no market in walking distance.. only some much junk at campus store. No tablet you will need a good lap top.. why would you not by a good one for at least 4 years of use, you need to take Physics Chem etc.. tablets..
1. You're going to need a printer. I have yet to find a college that you can print for free and you have to factor in distance and time depending on where the rooms were and IF the computers were not all taken. Some schools also do not have wireless printers. Plus, think of it this way: something wrong with your printer? You can go to the library or computer lab and print there for a fee. Something wrong with the printer in the library and you don't have your own printer? Oh, well.
3. Depends. I had 2 types of bedding for my extra long mattress; 1 that was good and 1 that was cheaper and sucked.
4. I brought in my tv from home (not bought specifically for college). The common room tv was always being hogged by other people. Plus, it was another convenience if a teacher told us to watch some program that was going to be aired on a certain date and you didn't have to fight over the tv with some suite mates.
5. If you know how to iron and wear things that need to be ironed, bring it. My roommate had one and used it constantly.
6. Buy clothes IF you need it. Everyone needs clothes.
7. Depends on what you plan to do with it. I had my own desktop bought specifically for college and it was powerful.
8. Depends. You have to call the campus and find out what their rules are on this. Some dorms will allow a mini fridge, but not a microwave; the school may rent out a micro-fridge (with microwave attached) to cover both needs. Also, not all colleges have a communal fridge (too many fights over who stole what and accusations).
9. Depends on what you need it for. My roommate had one because she had a lot of data on it involving school work.
10. Agreed. I had a regular cell phone that did nothing special.
The only time I was asked to submit papers electronicaly was when I had an online class. Otherwise, everything had to be printed out.
Iron & ironing board are definite necessities. You may not need it often, but quite useful. Board also can be used as a dinner table. Crisp button-downs are de rigeur at many university or frat events & functions, and those teeny closets & drawers keep all your clothes a mess. You need to be able to steam your suit or party dress without going to the dry cleaners.
Mini fridge & microwave are necessary. Never heard of a communal fridge & the thought gives me the creeps.
Printers can be useful; like other posters have said, no such thing as free printing. Some drafting or mathematic or accounting classes require papers to be printed off. Just get a cheapo.
TV is a necessity if your student watches any sports, most of which are not available online. Only 1 per bedroom, tho.
Printers are necessary, some professors insist on paper copies. Not to mention info professors post online that students want to print.
I may have hated to iron but there were times when I needed to and was glad to have one.
I love, love, love my external hard drive. The cloud requires internet connection and if the internet is down then you are SOL when it comes to accessing important documents.
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