Shopping Tips for College-Bound Students

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Byline: StatePoint

Preparing for college life is a must, whether you are planning to live on or off campus. But it can be overwhelming without a game plan.

To make this exciting experience as smooth as possible, the college experts at Bed Bath & Beyond are offering helpful shopping tips for students and parents.

* Do your research. Make a checklist of everything your room will need and what each of you will bring. Also, find out what amenities the school may provide in the dorms to avoid unnecessary purchases. Stay organized and on budget with the checklist. Some retailers offer online and in-store lists breaking down the essential gear needed for on and off-campus living.

* Know your school rules: To avoid any unwelcome surprises on move-in day, learn your school-specific rules before shopping. From microwaves to coffee makers, know what you can and can't bring to your school. Look up your school rules at

* Meet the roomie: Once students receive their housing assignment, they should connect with their future roommate to finalize room decisions and avoid duplication.

* Create a college registry: A registry makes a great resource for family and friends choosing graduation or college gifts. Students can also use their registry to share what they're bringing to school with roommates. …