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Dorm-Safe Appliances

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Unfortunately, your standard-order dorm room is not going to provide you with all the amenities you would have in, say, an apartment. The lack of a kitchen is probably the most notable absence when compared to off-campus housing. To make up for this and the lack of other common household features, there are certain dorm-safe appliances that you'll probably want to have with you.


Since a lot of dorms don't allow toaster ovens, hot plates, or anything that gives off direct heat, a microwave is a must for quick meals. There may be one in the lounge or common area of your building, but, if you are hungry, you don't want to have to wait in line. Keep in mind, however, that there may be a wattage restriction in your building, so don't get the most high-powered one on the market. Check what the regulations are before you make a purchase.

You might have a dry cleaners within walking distance, but don't count on it. You never know when you're going to need to look professional. An iron is a must-have, even if you think you'll never use it. You probably will at least once, be it for a job interview, career fair, or presentation you are giving.

Mini Fridge

If you have leftover pizza, you should probably put it somewhere if you plan on eating it later. Putting it in a plastic bag in your mini fridge is probably a good idea. Depending on the model, it may have a small freezer unit where you could keep frozen snacks for a meal in a pinch. Of course, just keeping your soda and other beverages cold is reason enough to have one of these.

Single-Cup Coffee Maker

If your dorm does not allow coffee makers with hotplates (some consider this a fire hazard), there is an interesting loophole that may work for you. Purchasing a single- or double-cup coffee maker that brews the coffee directly into a mug may be the ticket. Since these models don't have hotplates, it's possible that your building will not consider it a fire hazard. At the very least, you'll have some ammo if they try to take it away.

Water Boiler

Whether you're making some instant soup, tea, or hot chocolate, boiling water is good to have around. Some dorms will allow one of these handy devices, which will give a significant boost to your in-room menu options.

College may be about living with the bare necessities sometimes, but if you have a few of these dorm-safe appliances with you, you can make your dorm room into something that resembles a home.

Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on June 29, 2010

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