The Real Cost of Setting Up a Dorm Room

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

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Keeping Clean

Kids may or may not use the cleaning supplies you buy for them, but at least they'll have them in the event something gross happens.

$30: Black & Decker Dustbuster hand-held vacuum --

$75: Waste basket, trash can liners, paper towels, all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting wipes, microfiber duster, Febreze, dishwashing liquid --

$16: Stationary upright sweep set --

The tally: $5,116.50