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Life with a college roommate can be a roller-coaster. There are times when you think you’ll be BFFs, and there are times when you wish you were living by yourself. Whatever your situation with your roommate, these essentials will help make the year easier—and hopefully more fun.
Check them out below!
Communal groceries lead to communal grocery store runs. One way to keep track of shared supplies is this handy-dandy note pad. Running low on ramen or soda? Just tick it off on this ALL OUT OF checklist for your next grocery run. You or your roommate can make sure to stock up on your next round of errands.
Do you and your roommate have vastly different schedules and barely see each other? This white board is great for keeping lines of communications (and funny doodles) open for the both of you. Good for review and studying too. Magnetic with lots of space to write, you’ll love that it’s large, convenient, and easy to keep clean. Keep track of schedules, supplies, chores, and plenty more.
This little Q & A game is a great way to break the ice, get to know one another, and maybe even find a new friend. More than the standard party game, this is a fun way to get to know everyone in your dorm’s wing or on your floor. Find things in common with each other as you dig deep for good answers. It features questions like: What’s your favorite song to play in the car? If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do with your life? And what kind of business would you love to start?
If you are lucky enough to have a dishwasher in your room or apartment, this little slider magnet is a must-have item. Simply slide across to show whether something is DIRTY or CLEAN. No re-washing the same load of dishes several times, or keep adding to an already overloaded machine. Works for laundry, dishwashers, and even your dorm room.
This decorative wall mounted key rack & letter holder is super convenient for you and your college roommate. The key rack will help keep keys in one place so they’re easy to find. The handy basket on top can be used for more than just mail. Use it to hold spare change, pens, and all those odds and ends that invariably get thrown around and lost. It’s a handy little tool that will ensure you never lose your mail key again.
Do you stress over water or coffee rings on the furniture? Simply use one of these silicone gripper coasters and never worry about damage again. The coasters are ideal for any glass or cup. And because these coasters are designed for larger cups, mugs and dishware, you won’t need to worry about size. The grippers keep spills at bay too. As a bonus, they’re easy to clean. If you want something more subtle, you can opt for the all black set instead of this vibrant array.
Watching movies and TV with popcorn is a classic roommate bonding activity. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an award-winner you can’t go wrong with. It’s witty, hilarious, clever, and endlessly entertaining. This first season collection comes with 22 highly quoteable episodes. If you binge is too quickly, start season two.
Living with someone for the first time can be an experience. With these college roommate survival essentials, you can make it both functional and—hopefully—entertaining.
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