Things you don't need in college
5. A big meal plan
Chances are, a single student will not visit the dining hall 20 times a week. But because most meal plans do not roll over, students are still billed for unconsumed meals. Start with a smaller plan -- most schools let students trade up mid-semester. You can also avoid the Freshman 15 (and save a buck) by keeping food in the dorm room mini-fridge.