10 Dorm Room Must-Haves
10 Dorm Room Must-Haves
Check out our list before you pack your bags
Freshmen: It’s almost that time to pack up for your big move to BU. To help you prepare, we reached out to a number of Terrier upperclassmen and asked them for advice on dorm room essentials. So, before you make that final trek to Target or Bed Bath & Beyond, etc., check out our list: you’ll be glad you did.
Power strips and surge protectors
Sharing a room means you’re going to have a lot of electronics. Power strips and surge protectors help you get around the problem of limited outlets and will help protect your iPhones, computers, and other electrical devices.
Power strips are permitted in University housing so long as they meet the following specifications:
– 15 amps rating
– 14-gauge wire
– Built-in circuit breaker
– 1875-watt maximum power
– UL listed
Find more information here.
A bedside caddy keeps everything within arm’s reach. It’s ideal for storing books, laptops, water bottles, and snacks in one sturdy bedside holder.
The first few weeks of fall semester are guaranteed to be hot, and most freshman dorms aren’t air-conditioned. A fan will help you beat the heat.
Extra face coverings
While COVID restrictions on campus will look a lot different from last year, many will still be in place. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to bring an extra set of face coverings with you this year.
Earplugs or headphones
This may be one of the most important investments you make. A pair of earplugs or really good noise-canceling headphones will be essential if you’ve got a roommate who snores or talks loud on the phone.
10-foot-long charging cable
The longer the better. Especially if you’re in the top bunk or have a loft bed.
The easiest, neatest way for transporting all your toiletries down the hall to the bathroom.
A nice area rug will make any dorm room feel homier. It can tie the space together, add a splash of color and texture, and keep your feet warm during those cold—and long—Boston winters.
You’ll want to keep your dorm fresh and clean. Make the job easier with the help of reusable cloths. Throw them in the wash and use them again and again. They help reduce waste and you’ll save money by not having to buy paper towels or disposable cleaning wipes.
OK, now that you’re officially a Terrier, an item or two from the BU Bookstore, Barnes & Noble @ BU, is just the thing to give your room that true college feel. Buy a BU coffee mug to store pens on your desk or get a stuffed Rhett for your bed. A little BU flair will show fellow Terriers how proud you are to be at Boston University.
Have ideas for other essentials? Add them in the Comment section below.
Every year that this article drops I wonder if anyone at BU Today has taken the courage to talk with Housing and Residence Life employees to see what they suggest for students. These employees see it all and every year and will have great suggestions for new Terriers.
Every dorm room comes with an LED desk light (contact your RA if your room doesn’t have one). The desk light has a built-in USB port (good for phones not so good for anything larger).
I might suggest peel and stick removable coat hooks for the back of your door.
Not all rooms have those lights and students should visit their residential campus office to get a new one or replacement one. I do not think the RA has a collection of lights to give away but they are in a centralized location like the residential life office.
Wrong. All BU student housing (whether apartments or dorms) at BU have those LED desk lamps. If they’re broken, the student should contact the ResLife office (directly by visiting the office, talking with their RA, or filing a furniture maintenance request on the StarRez housing portal) to get a replacement.
However, not all bedrooms have ceiling lights (such as in some brownstone apartments in South Campus) and for that, I recommend buying string lights or large lampshades to illuminate such bedrooms.
Why does BU still not have AC for most of the dorms on campus. That’s literally the most essential thing for a room.
Wanna raise tuition even more? Retro-grading the rooms to include AC costs a good chunk of money. The weather starts getting cooler in mid-September.
Just a guess but there is no where to store 100s of window AC units during the winter months.
my freshman year I had two fans and still got heat stroke just from sleeping in my own dorm
I’m sending my daughter a link to this article so she knows how lucky she is regarding her dorm (“hall of residence” in UK-speak). She is about to start university in England. English students in university accommodations almost NEVER share rooms (it made the newspapers here last week when a university which has inadvertently over-recruited said a few might have to) and nearly all rooms have their own bathroom – no walking down the hall in your bathrobe required. But they are expensive $$$£££ (Guess the Bank of Mom/Mum and Dad will have to pick up the tab ).