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The Real Cost of Setting Up a Dorm Room

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-08-10T20:14:18Z

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Sleep Basics

Bed Bath and Beyond and Target's college checklists have about 100 items -- though "room fragrance" may be pushing it. Want to draw other family members into the buying frenzy? Many big-box retailer websites have college gift registries. (Yes, your baby is marrying a dorm room.) Bedding's a big expense.

$278: Nautica Crew Twin/Extra Long Comforter ($99) and Duvet Cover ($99); ComfortTech Cyprus Blanket with Thinsulate, Twin ($80) --

$297: University of SHEEX sheet set, twin extra long, 3 sets --

$90: Stearns & Foster Amherst twin XL mattress pad --

$69: Beautyrest Geo 3.5 in. foam mattress topper --

$50: Royal Heritage Cotton Allergy Pillow Protectors (2) --

The tally: $784