dorm supplies on a budget

On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Elizabeth Heaton is back to cover everything you need to know about bargain hunting for dorm supplies, looking for universities in the UK, and welcoming your students back home after having been away at college.

Bargain Hunting Dorm Room Shopping

Laurie Peltier joins Beth to talk about how to save a buck or two when buying everything you need to set up your student’s residence hall room. They discuss what is actually needed up front and what can be delayed, what can be split with roommates, and what should you cross off the list together. Laurie also shares some great Bed Bath and Beyond hacks, an overview of the best places to buy textbooks, and a few thoughts on laptop purchases. Fear not, Beth asked Laurie to clarify which of these supplies are qualified expenses and can be purchased with funds from a 529 account.

Looking for Universities in the UK

A few months back on the show we covered myths about US students applying to colleges in the UK . Today, Lauren Randle continues the conversation with Beth to cover what resources students can use to learn about colleges beyond just Oxford, Cambridge, and St. Andrews. They also discuss where to find and how to utilize rankings or “league tables,” how “open days” and tours differ in the UK, and how your academic interest may play into the search. Stay tuned for an episode in the future about mastering the UCAS website and the UK application process.

Transitioning Back Home after the First Year of College

Kennon Dick joins Beth to share some of the great insight he has learned as a parent of two children currently in college. What happens when they come home after experiencing the freedom of college life and are now living under your roof for the summer? How can you find a balance that works for your family? Kennon and Beth discuss everything from curfews to laundry and other basic household responsibilities. You’ll have to listen to hear Kennon’s Spare Tire Test, and his take on why the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving can be tough.

On the next episode, tune in to hear more about financial aid at community colleges, how to set up your Common App account, and how LinkedIn can be used in your application strategy. Have a question you’d like us to answer? Submit it here.


Written by Tova Tolman
Tova Tolman is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Tova worked in admissions at Fordham University, Montclair State University, and Barnard College. Visit our website to learn more about Tova Tolman.