One of the questions I get asked a lot is what exactly does a student need to live comfortably in a shared apartment or in a dorm room. There are a lot of things that prospective students need, but here are a few that I thought would really make a difference by making life a little easier.
Love 'em or hate 'em, laptops are here to stay, even though other computing products like tablets are becoming very popular. The mistake that most people make when purchasing a laptop is underestimating how heavy it is when you're carrying it around. It's best to stick to 12-15-inch laptops that don't take up too much space. 17-inch laptops are powerhouses, but they are harder to carry around daily.
2. All-in-One Computer
Whether it's an iMac or a PC-based all-in-one, these computers are great as media hubs. iMacs come in 27-inch models, so they can easily double as your main screen for watching your shows and playing your video games. It's also nice to give the laptop a rest after having used it all day. Another option would involve skipping the laptop all together and just using a computer at home and one at school, in the computer labs.
3. Xbox 360
The Xbox is a good way of relaxing and streaming media from your computer to your screen. It's a hub on which a lot of technologies converge. It doubles as a Blu-Ray/DVD player, entertainment center, and gaming platform. This can be seen as a luxury item, but for students who live in apartments with roommates, the Xbox 360 can be a great thing to have.
4. Laptop Bag
A convenient laptop bag is essential when you're a student. Lugging your laptop around is a must in this day and age, and shoulder bags can get uncomfortable quickly, which is why we really like backpacks. The best feature is collapsing extra storage, which is really good when going grocery shopping or bringing back a bunch of books. The pictured Oakley Kitchen Sink can almost double in storage capacity thanks to expandable storage.