6 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed for College

This post is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance, but all opinions and stories are my own.

Do you have a child heading to college soon? We have two currently in high school, so it’s on the horizon (again) for us in the next few years.

6 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed for College

Things You Need for College

Our oldest graduated last year and our niece just graduated this past May. Visiting her dorm was quite an experience.

Way back when I attended college, Colby and I were already together, so we lived in a nearby apartment. My daughter and her husband did the same.

Therefore, this was my first real glimpse of dorm life. And, I have to admit, it was eye-opening. In fact, I had her lead my two high schoolers around and show them everything.

After all, I know we’ll start the college search again in another year, and I wanted them to have a better understanding of what’s to come through their own personal campus tours.

But, in doing this tour with their cousin, who was also an RA, we were able to get a good grasp on things you didn’t know you needed for college!

Storage Containers

Since my niece was an RA, her dorm room was a bit larger than the others. Once we stepped inside a regular-sized room, there was a definite need for storage, especially when sharing the small space with a roommate!

Picture Hanging Strips

The last thing these college dorms need are a dozen holes in the wall of each room every semester. Using picture hanging strips to hold everything from calendars, memo boards, to mirrors helps alleviate that problem.

Mini Fridge

Although your dorm may have a community kitchen, a mini fridge in your room will keep your private food stash safe and cold. 

Personal Fan

In a small, often shared, space, using a fan to keep the air circulating helps the air not go stale. Not to mention, it could help keep you cool as you sleep.

Shower Caddy

Perhaps the biggest surprise during our visit was the shower situation. I knew it was a community bathroom, but didn’t expect it to feel like an RV park bathroom. Nevertheless, a shower caddy will keep you organized as you head down the hall to clean up.

Texas State University grad 2019

Tuition Insurance

When you start your higher education journey, the last thing you’re thinking of is having to unexpectedly withdraw from college. 

Unfortunately, sometimes things happen, and Liberty Mutual Tuition Insurance provides reimbursement for unforeseen accidents, illnesses and other covered reasons that cause a student to unexpectedly need to withdraw from school.

For example, if a student gets mono or breaks a leg, misses a lot of classes and ultimately has to withdraw, Tuition Insurance will have it covered.

Students who withdraw mid-term often do so during a time of crisis or emergency. The emotional toll can falter their ability to focus, to learn, or to care. 

Most schools offer limited refunds after classes begin and will provide no refunds after a certain date. With Tuition Insurance, you purchase it before classes start and it offers protection for the entire semester or year. 

Tuition Insurance is very affordable, and only costs 1% of the total cost of tuition. 

Liberty Mutual makes it easy to sign up for Tuition Insurance!

Simply head to LibertyMutual.com/tuitioninsurance where you can get a coverage quote by answering a few short questions.