5 Steps to a Better Dorm Room for College Freshmen
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Getting ready for a first year in college goes way beyond choosing a major and selecting the right class load. First-year students have to prepare for dorm living, too, and that isn't easy -- especially when it comes to a college budget.
According to a UCLA study, the U.S. had 1.5 million first-time, full-time undergraduate students beginning college at 1,583 four-year institutions nationwide in the fall of 2013.
"In past years, students used to live on ramen noodles and dorm rooms were sparse at best, but that's no longer the case," says Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, a Phoenix, Ariz., national nonprofit credit and student loan counseling agency. "Today, retailers aggressively target freshmen to advertise dorm-room 'necessities,' but students are wise to minimize spending, especially if they're borrowing money for college."
Sullivan recommends incoming freshmen and their parents follow these tips, especially concerning what to bring to college and what not to bring:
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