Debbie Downer checking in. Most unis advise students to wait for their roommate assignment before buying anything that will be shared in the room. That would apply to the fridge, microwave, TV, cooking supplies and dorm decor. It's not unusual for a roommate to have an older sib who has all the stuff already and will be handing it down. The only thing my niece needed was a storage bench (today's equivalent of the foot locker). Perhaps you could think along those lines?