The Real Cost of Setting Up a Dorm Room

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

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The Final Tally: $5,311

Yes, your child probably can get some of the items in this slideshow from home, which could lower your cost. If a roommate brings, say, a TV, you could chop a good $800 out of this tally. But any way you look at it, outfitting a dorm room can get up into the thousands of dollars pretty easily. On the bright side -- it's pretty much a one-time expense.