The residence you're moving to may provide a meal plan either as part of your accommodation fee or as a separate add-on, allowing you to take advantage of the cafeterias on campus when moving to a dorm room at college. There are still things you'll need for your dorm room or dorm kitchen so that you can have a healthy late night snack or an early morning breakfast that won’t you to get dressed and face the world whether you have a meal plan or not. This will be critical during semester crunch times when you have too many exams, too many papers due to spend time waiting in line at the cafeteria. The place to start is to ask the residence about their rules regarding appliances and electronics. While others will have specific rules regarding size of items and voltage, some of the dorms allow anything that plugs in.  Ask before you buy and pack appliances. Coffee Maker: For those late nights and early mornings, a coffee maker is probably the most essential item for any dorm room or dorm kitchen. some features you might want to consider is size (how much room do you have in your space?), brewing capacity (how much coffee do you drink at once?), and timer (do you like to wake up to the smell of brewing caffeine?) when purchasing.

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Also in case you'll be using a filter-type brewer, think about purchasing a reusable filter. This will not only save you purchasing disposable filters, but will save on garbage and mess. Consider getting a coffee press in case our dorm room doesn't allow coffee brewers. Coffee presses are easy to use and make a great, fresh tasting 'cup of joe'. No need to buy filters, plus they're easy to clean and store. A kettle is a necessity in case you decide to go with a coffee press, or you prefer tea to coffee. Think about size, shape (tall versus round), and water capacity, just like a coffee maker. Of course, you'll need one that plugs in rather than the stove-top variety, unless your dorm has a shared kitchen. You'll want to have a kettle in your room for those late night tea sessions even with a shared kitchen. You still should consider purchasing a kettle in case you are not a fan of tea. A hot breakfast can be had with just a kettle, mug, spoon and a package of instant oatmeal. It's also good for making hot chocolate, instant soup, soup noodles and anything else requiring boiling water. Microwave: A small microwave is the perfect solution to making a quick and easy meal, never mind heating up all those frozen dinners your mother made and packed for you. I'd opt for a microwave over a kettle as you can use it to boil water, plus make all your favorite snacks in case you have limited space. Ask the residence again in case here are any restrictions on size and energy consumption before purchasing.