You’ve been accepted. You received your I-20 and have your visa. You’ve bought the plane ticket and you’ve let peerTransfer handle your tutition payment.
Well, shameless self-promotion aside, your next step is to pack and get ready for your new school year. There are plenty of supply checklists out there that are very comprehensive on what you may need for school. But after a closer look, much of the items on these lists are not necessary for the average student! Don’t believe us? One list that we recently came across recommended that students buy some of the essentials like a desk or laptop. However, they also suggested that students purchase a hair care caddy, robes and slippers, and iPod accessories while making no distinction between the importance of the items.Probably not an essential item for the typical budget-conscious student. But cool and awesome? Woo yeah.
While some of those items would be nice (especially if Mom and Dad are footing the bill), the budget conscious college student could go broke trying to get everything on that particular list.
This blog post is our attempt to help you navigate through what’s actually essential for school, and what can be described as “optional” if you happen to have some extra cash. We’ve left traditional items like a bed, laptop and a desk out of the list below (since a laptop is pretty obvious, and the other two are often times supplied by the dorm/university). That said, some of these items may seem pretty obvious, and others may not..
- Power plug/voltage converter (if necessary)
- Bedding, sheets, pillows
- Water bottle
- Light bulbs
- Fan (helpful for background noise, or for those starting school in the late “dog days” of August)
- Surge protector
- Alarm clock
- Backpack/book bag
- Extra bedding (quilts, extra sheets, 17 other pillows)
- Extra clothing storage
- Laundry basket
- Drying rack
- Electric toothbrush
- Speakers/accessories for iPhones/iPods
- Extra lamps or book light
Of course, there are a ton of other items that could be fit into the optional category but we hope this serves as an appropriate guide.
Readers, what’s one thing you would suggest each student has when they get to school?