MiniCyn is graduating this Friday (Yay to both of us for surviving the past four years!), and she will be attending college away from home.
She will not be living off-campus, but she will be living in one of two types of on-campus housing:
1) The first option is for one of the on-campus apartment suites
One is a "mini-suite," meaning that four girls will be sharing two bedrooms (2 girls in each) with two closets, with one bathroom (shower stall and no tub) and one commode, and a double vanity, with a one medicine cabinet for each sink, and no common living space or kitchen. The closest to the latter is a fairly narrow corridor with enough space for a small shelving unit and if organized well, a small bar fridge and a microwave.
The other option is one of the on-campus apartment suites, which are similar to the one above in that four girls share two bedrooms OR two girl share two bedrooms. In these, the closets are considerably larger, there is a decent-sized common living space (aka a living room), and a fully equipped kitchen (full-sized fridge, full-sized stove, dishwasher (IIRC), a good amount of cabinet space for dishes (but no pantry), with a breakfast bar rather than a dining room. It also has a commode on the opposite side of the suite from the bathroom sink and vanity, which has a tub/shower.
The Apartment Suite is her first choice, but it's first-come-first serve, so we won't know which type of housing she'll have until some time this summer.
The University supplies all the furniture and lofts (if they're wanted), so we don't need to worry about desks, chairs, etc., but this is a far cry from when I was in college.
Aside from decorating (which she is having a proverbial shit fit to do all by herself ), can anyone here recommend items that I'm sure will not even cross her mind that she could and will likely need to help to make dorm life both comfortable easier?
Many, many thanks in advance from an old fart who considered the height of dorm decor to be posters of The Cure, Bauhaus, B52s, The Sex Pistols, Depeche Mode, The Clash, shit I considered to be "deep" poetry, and a bulletin board with various photos and mementos?
ETA: I do know she needs the obvious stuff, like bedding/linens, towels, etc., plus in each bedroom, they're allowed to have a TV and each student has a desk (all dorms have cable access as well as Internet access (though I don't think it's Wi-Fi). It's the stuff I wouldn't necessarily think of since dorm living has changed so much since the 80's.