This page includes resources for students making the transition to college and is to be used in conjunction with the videos as part of this series.

Here are some resources you may want to purchase… the Talking College™ Card Deck, the original card deck of discussion prompts for college-bound students and their parents, and How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There), a leading guide for college-bound high school students.

Think about purchasing laptop insurance from National Student Services, Inc. It is inexpensive, quick, and will save you a lot of angst.

Here is a sample Roommate Agreement that you can adapt.

The Minimalist Packing List: These items are essential

Surge Protector
Desk lamp or bedside Lamp
Laptop Computer, case, carrying bag (if you can afford a computer, it will be convenient to have. If you can’t bring lots of thumb drives)
Printer and ink (unless you get free/cheap printing on campus)
thumb drives
Alarm clock/Radio (or Iphone/Ipod dock), Headphones (good for privacy)

Desk Items (most can be bought on campus)
Pens and pencils, highlighters, scissors, tape, stapler, notebooks, post it notes
Dry erase calendar/board

Things for your room
Hangers (bring more than you think you will need… drawer space is limited)
Coat Rack (a great place to throw clothing to get it off the floor when your parents visit)
Trash can
Plastic cup, plate and bowl, fork, knife, spoon, coffee cup, ziplock bags, dish soap, paper towels, trash bags
Milk crates or storage cubes
Under the bed storage
Adhesive hooks, tacky adhesive, mounting tape
Bedding (sheets, pillowcases, pillows, towels, mattress pad, blankets, bed cover)
Laundry items (Basket or bag, detergent)
Sleeping bag for guests, (or if you are sexiled)
Broom and dustpan or small vacuum
Sewing kit
Small/Medium duffel bag for coming home

Personal care items
Cosmetics and toiletries including soap case, and toothbrush case (cases can help to keep things clean)
Shower tote, Shower sandals, bathrobe or large towel
First aid kit, vitamins, personal medicine

Good to have
Compact umbrella (also consider rain boots)

These items are nice to have (but check with your roommate first):
Compact Refrigerator
Coffeemaker or electric kettle

Click here to learn about FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

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