Things I can get to outfit my (future) dorm

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Fenir, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Fenir macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Ok so I am going to be transferring to Western Michigan this year, and it will be my first time away from home. I have a dorm all to myself and am looking ahead on ways I can outfit it so that it's pretty slick.

    First for school:

    A (hopefully) Montevina MBP 15"
    An all in one printer

    For entertainment:
    Xbox 360,

    That's all I'm taking for sure right know (amazing list, I know). So what are some things I could get to spice up my dorm?

    I came across the Sony CPF-IP001 at a Target store the other day, and loved how it sounded, but it has a steep price (149 online from a 3rd part store).

    So basically, any ideas would be appreciated. It can be anything from bean bag chairs to posters of Jessica Alba.
  2. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    ditch the 360 and get a PS3.

    $800 Hdtv
    $400 5.1 surround sound
    Cheap desktop windoze machine with a massive hdd (Run constantly downloading stuff to 'try before you buy')
    Lots of plug sockets
    external Hdd x2
    24" Dell monitor
  3. RainForRent macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    Do not forget the coffeemaker.
    Or a beer fridge.

    To have a really "slick" beer fridge,
    get a stainless steel one.
  4. magiic macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2008
    I can't WAIT to get my own place lol
    Just so I can deck it out with cool stuff.
  5. tsice19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    Going into college, how can you afford that with the price of everything else? Do your parents buy it something? Just wondering 'cause I'm going to be going to college in a few years.
  6. Fenir thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    sadly that kitchen will be about as big as my dorm room
  7. byocrysis macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2007
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Get a lock for your laptop because dorms are not very secure. As for gaming I would get a wii because it is a good way for both guys and gals to have some fun.
  8. fleshman03 macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2008
    Sioux City, IA
    A job would always be a good thing.

    S**T, a MBP, HDTV, 360, Car... and still looking for more :eek:?

    Do you know what things cost? When I went away to college (2 years ago) I was lucky to have a fridge, computer and iPod. All that stuff is serious overkill. Stick with a computer, normal tv, fridge and maybe a 360.
  9. tshort macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2007
    • PS3 is better than XBox because it can also do Blu-Ray.
    • As someone else pointed out, Wii is good for everyone... Girls will be more interested in a Wii than an Xbox.
    • A regular fridge... you don't want to have to pay $1 for a soda from the machine.
    • Definitely a lock for the laptop.
    • A USB-powered drive for backup... and you disconnect this and put it in a drawer when you are out of the room. If your laptop/PC is stolen or lost, you have a backup.
    • A comfy chair, e.g. beanbag or something to sit on other than a desk chair or bed.
    • Linens and a pillow! :)
  10. darkwing macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2004
  11. galactic732 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2008
    i would wait to see how big it is

    my dorm room was TINY
  12. bc008 macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007

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  13. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Screw that. Build your own, like I did. It's a lot cheaper and fun.
  14. Fenir thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    the 360 is going, sorry no ps3.

    I can bring a wii, its just I find it boring sans the occasional smash and m. Kart game. But for when the ladies are over (which is going to be every night), I can take that.

    Yeah, storms.have been brutal here, esp. Last week.
  15. Fenir thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    ? link ?
  16. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    meh. you wont spend much time playing video games. occasionally you might play some games like COD, Madden, etc with your friends, but not that much.

    waste, dorms have ****** SD cable. no point in an expensive tv. if you ahve the money, the one advantage is that an HDTV will take up way less room and also will be easier to carry to move in :p
    waste, no room for all that **** plus you have quiet hours so you wont be able to have it really loud anyways
    waste, you wont need it.
    yeah, definitely.
    i assume you mean power strips or something, which is definitely a yes. dorms don't ahve enough plugs. I had 4 6-outlet power strips set up in my dorm last semester.
    one for backup is a good idea.. also if you download a lot of stuff, its good for all that ****.
    wont need it, there's not nearly enough room in a dorm
    you wont ever have time for that.

    Just finished my second year of college and that's what I think. I'd recommend:

    cheap speakers (something less than $100, logitech maybe.. I have Logitech Z4i's got em for like $70 on newegg they're great)
    flash drive
    extra battery if you take your laptop to class
    good pair of headphones

    thats probably all the computer **** you need.. if you really want i can list other non-computer **** that you might want :)
  17. Fenir thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Thanks for the insight. I will be starting my 3rd year, but my first 2 were at a local CC so I stayed at home. I would be interested in the non-computer thoughts too.

    I know I overpack, its just better to be prepared. Understand this is completely new to me.
  18. zerosnipe macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2003
    Lets see in my Dorm room I have a.

    - 360
    - Dell 2007WFP on a desk mount so I can move it where I want it
    - Polk Audio RTi6 front speakers, RTi4 surrounds, CSi3 Center Speaker
    - Velodyne DLS-3750R Sub
    - JVC Receiver
    - Tassimo Machine
    - a couple of tables
    - couple gaming chairs
    - lots of cables heh
    - Laptop
    - Tower
    - Wireless kb and mouse
    - Printer
    - Bunch of other random stuff.

    (forgot to mention that ours schools dorms for upperclass men are townhouses)
  19. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
    Remember you're actually going to college to... um.. go to class, yeah? :p


    But yeah, I think sticking with minimums is pretty much enough. If it were me, I'd want to minimize the amount of crap I'd need to move around. I'd probably use the MBP for pretty much everything. An MBP is a huge investment in itself, talking about HDTVs and all those extras sounds like overkill. I'd try to keep it simple.
  20. Indohottie macrumors 6502


    Mar 1, 2004
    pens are always good..

    Microwave is a must... and a fake id maybe if thats your thing..
  21. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Here's what I'm planning to have. I won't have the Mac Pro the first year, since it isn't going to be out until MacWorld '10, but as an eventual next-year thing.

    Nehalem MacBook Pro
    Nehalem Mac Pro
    24" Monitor (I have two, but one'll be hard enough fit)
    kick-awesome-and-ludicrously-low-to-the-ground recliner from the retirement community where I work (if it fits)

    I start this fall, and I go to Ireland for the first semester, so I won't need anything there but my laptop and iPhone, but when I get back, this will be my dorm.
  22. Setmatch macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2007
    Vegas, Baby!!!
  23. RainForRent macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    My last post was joking but I saw this again on the front page sidebar,
    so I figure I'd throw in some real advice.
    I just finished 4 years of college, and if you are going there to actually learn something, your free time is nearly non-existent. Bring a hotplate or microwave, bring a TV with HDMI input if you want to triple use it as a monitor/TV/game station, a few power strips, etc. Really, what everyone needs is different, and it depends how far away you are from home, and how much you feel like trucking around. I went from PA to Miami, so I only brought as much as I could fit in 2 suitcases and a laptop bag. Learn to live minimally and you'll be happy.

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