So, you're moving into a new place with roommates. Even if your roommate seems nice, do you really trust him/her completely, with all of your belongings? We think that trust is earned and in a communal living arrangement, it's better to be safe than sorry. You wouldn't want that brand spanking new laptop that you just got for school to be stolen by your roommates or their friends.
Let's be honest: laptops contain a lot of information about their owners, from their Facebook accounts to their banking information. Maybe you're being smart and using some form of security, but it's a known fact that a lot of people have a file on the hard drive in which most if not all of their passwords are logged. Or their browsers are set to remember all of their passwords. Even if that isn't the case, there is other information on your laptop that should just be kept private. You wouldn't want your roommates snooping around.
In most cases, students will have their laptops with them during the day. However, depending on how far you live from school, your laptop will be spending some time at home. It's best to keep your valuables under lock and key, no matter where you are. That's why we thought that the DormVault is kind of neat. Sure, there are other ways of keeping your laptop safe, but a bolt cutter can easily cut through those cable-locks. We like how the DormVault is specifically tailored for laptops.
The only thing that worries us is that if the DormVault isn't adequately secured to a piece of furniture or a wall, someone might just walk away with it with your laptop inside of it. It only weighs 9 lbs, so this is possible. We suggest that to be on the safe side, it should be bolted into concrete. That being said, the DormVault kind of announces to everyone that you've got a laptop in there, ready to be taken away. We think that having a heavy duty footlocker in your room is just the easiest way to solve this problem. It's a lot bigger than the DormVault, and it doesn't scream laptop to any potential thieves. Plus, these things are quite heavy, even more so when they are full, so we can't really see any thieves stealing these without a lot of planning.
The DormVault is available from ThinkGeek for $80 and is big enough for a 17" laptop. It weighs 9 lbs. The footlocker pictured above is from Seward Trunk and is available from $100 to $180. It weighs about 40 lbs. You can easily find good ones at any military surplus store for a lot cheaper.