Miss Em shares a kitchen space with 3 other people. There's no stove. Almost no storage space. AND she is car-free. The dorm cook has many limitations.
Last year, we hit on the idea of creating a dorm pantry, one that could be kept on a bookshelf or under the bed. Since it is easy for me to pick up various items as I see them, we packed up the car with a bunch of stuff, saving Miss Em many trips to the Publix right off campus.
A lot of food required no refrigeration--and I'm not talking about boxed mac and cheese.
If you've cooked even a little bit, you can see how these items can form the base of many meals, augmented with some fresh stuff.
OOPS! Forgot my fave: peanut butter.
Can you think of anything else?