Suffolk University (in Boston) told incoming freshmen last spring that housing info would be sent out in mid-July.
It was delayed repeatedly (I called a poor work-study student in Residence Life office twice this month, worried it had gotten lost in the mail -- and while I personally did not drive him nuts, he probably got many calls like mine).
She finally heard about housing on Friday
-- just over two weeks before she has to move in! She's in a "quad," which I thought (remembering my days as a freshman in Oldenborg Dorm at Pomona College) meant two doubles that shared a bathroom in the middle. Nope. Apparently it is a large room with four beds, and a bathroom down the hall. She seems happy with that, though, although as an only child, she's never had to share a bedroom (except on vacation or at a National Student Leadership Conf. event --she's been to several) with anyone.
Her roommates are a girl from Framingham, MA, a girl from India, and another from Taiwan.
Her dorm has regular twin-size beds, not the XL twins, so at last we knew which kind of bedding to buy. (Her existing sheets here are kind of, um, dated, even though I did get rid of the My Little Pony ones some time ago! :P)
The timing of this was good for me, because there was a Sales Tax Holiday weekend this weekend, and I was hoping to stock up on all this stuff and save the sales tax. So yesterday after she got out of work, we went on a rampage. We got:
- new towels in dark color -- she chose dark blue (why dark? because I have learned that light-colored towels start to look dingy no matter how carefully and often one washes them, even with bleach)
- collapsible backpack-style clothes hamper/laundry bag
- mattress pad
- zippered vinyl mattress protector to go under it (I've mostly female friends on this journal, right? And we know what can happen if the Moon Goddess is feeling generous)
- shower caddy
- electric hot-water pot
- two plastic under-bed storage thingies with wheels
- dorm fridge (it was 1/3 off, and I doubt the girls from Taiwan and India will bringing theirs. I got a 3.9 cubic foot one -- the largest allowed at Suffolk is 4.0 -- because it will be four girls all trying to use it. I remember being in the Pomona four-girl "suite," and to say, "You can't keep that there, it's MY fridge and there's not enough room!" does not good roomies make. Not that Samurai would do that. I can swing it, why not?. Plus, it has a freezer unit that is big enough to, MAYBE, hold a pint of ice cream, not just those miniscule ice cube trays the others come with.)
- Epson printer at Best Buy (a similar model showed up today at Target for $29! Gah! But I had a $40 gift card from Best Buy from when I bought the Dyson vacuum, so it came out the same. Not worth the hassle of returning it, etc.).
- EasyShare digital camera, because I'm nice. I don't want her taking mine, and I want her to post pictures in her LJ!!!! :P
No bedspread yet -- I think we have some that we've never used in our linen closet (given by MIL), and I want her to see if she wants any of them first. Also, she's thinking of taking her electric blanket with her, so that's why no blanket.
She still needs a bookcase.
I have a floor seat cushion that we never use that she can take, too.
I need her to send me the link to the instructions for moving in website. Suffolk is in the heart of downtown Boston. Students are to arrive in preassigned shifts (ours is 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31). The police will have closed the street outside the dorm and parents/kids/carscrammedwithcrap are to arrive, and legions of waiting upperclassmen will be there to whisk all the belongings into the rooms (Samurai's on the third floor). Then parental units will Pahk The Cah not in Harvahd Yahd but somewhere else (Samurai says they have provided directions to parking garages) to park and return to meet with deans, etc., while their offspring see their rooms for the first time -- and, presumably, their roommates, but having not yet seen the website (HINT, SAMURAI), I'm not sure about the latter.
OK, that's enough on that. I've been doing a ton of other stuff throughout all the last few days, but I'm glad I got that shopping done, anyway.