First thing to do is look at a list of suggested items. Most schools provide them, if not here are some basic items:
Linens (check school’s bed dimensions)
- Extra throw blanket
- Mattress pad
- Laundry basket
- Laundry detergent
- Dryer sheets
- Mini sewing kit
- Drying Rack
- USB flash drive
- Loose leaf paper
- Calculator (see what the school recommends)
- Books (shop online for best deals)
- Lamp (if needed)
- Sticky Notes
- HDMI cord
- Mini Refrigerator
Many schools provide some items such as refrigerators and microwaves. It is important to make sure what the individual school already provides for each room.
One great way for all involved is to check with the roommate and see if there are some items to share. One roommate could buy a mini fridge and the other buys the TV. One could buy the drying rack and one can buy the other could buy the HDMI cord. One of the best ways to save money is to see what can be shared with your child and their roommate.
It is important to make sure that your child is signed up for a meal plan. Not all dorm rooms will provide a kitchen. Many schools offer different meal plans, make sure you select the one that makes the most sense for your child based on their diet. Many students like to keep food in the dorm for a quick meal or small snack, as well. Talk to your child about what would be the best for their needs.
Every parent wants to make sure that their child is not put in a situation where they do not have money in case of emergencies. Before sending them off to college, sign them up for a checking account here at West Suburban Bank. Even if they are going out of state, there is no need to change banks or get them an account at a bank near their school. If they need cash, they can always get cash back at the convenient store. If they need to deposit money into their account, they can scan their check using our mobile mBanking app.
This is an exciting time for you and your child. Enjoy it! This is their first step to becoming independent.