The Real Cost of Setting Up a Dorm Room

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

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Gaming Gear

Many students today couldn't imagine going to college gameless. Xbox is the best seller. Assuming there are other siblings who would be game-deprived if your teen took an Xbox from home, you'll have to buy a new one. (Then the sibs won't be angry, just jealous.) We're assuming your teen will bring seasoned games; if you need to buy new copies of "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," "NCAA Football 13" and "DanceCentral 2," it would come to $137 at amazon.com.

$399: Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect sensor and wireless controller -- bestbuy.com

$20: Head set for Xbox -- bestbuy.com

$40: Extra XBox controller -- bestbuy.com

$799: 42-inch Panasonic TC-P50UT50 plasma TV -- homedepot.com

The tally: $4,091.50

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