I'm of an age when microwaves and mini-fridge were NOT even thought of for dorm living. We used a "hot pot" and "stinger" to boil water and heat up stuff. The hot pot was discouraged from using and the stinger (metal coil with plug on end of cord) was down right BANNED, though everybody had one!?! Dorm had a full kitchen in basement, but stove and fridge were beyond DISGUSTING!
Niece is heading to AZ for college in just a few days. Although I fully expect "take-out" to be the order of the day... what kitchen tools would you recommend she either glom from extras at home or look for in local thrift stores?