“The Naked Roommate and 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into In College” by Harlan Cohen and more good reads for the collge-bound freshman.

“The Naked Roommate and 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into In College” by Harlan Cohen

Recently re-released in an updated, fourth edition, Cohen, a columnist and author of other back-to-school books, has produced perhaps the essential tome for students preparing for life on campus. Frank about subjects such as sex and drugs, it also offers tips on roommate relations and how to succeed academically. True stories add humor and poignancy to the tips.

“How to Survive Your Freshman Year” by Mark W. Bernstein, et al

Reviewers have called this guide “unbelievably honest,” and “refreshingly free of sanctimony,” probably because it’s written mostly by college students who have just experienced that first, crazy year away from home. It offers advice on big steps like choosing a major and living on a budget, as well as on finding friends and dealing with dormitory food.

“106 Impossible Things Before Breakfast” by Robert Quine and John Nolan

Nobody knows exactly what they’ll run into in their first year away from home. Subtitled “Brain Boosting Techniques to Help You Achieve The Unachievable,” the authors don’t offer clear-cut solutions to impossible problems, but offer different ways of thinking about problems to allow people to go about solving them in ways that may not have been evident.

“The Starving Students’ Cookbook” by Dede Hall

The aspiring scholar cannot live on ramen noodles alone – although many try. Enter Hall’s guide to eating on a tight budget, a cookbook that has stood the test of time by offering practical advice and good, simple recipes for mealtimes as well as late night cram session snacks. It’s the go-to guide for eating nutritiously and inexpensively.

“Where’s Mom Now That I Need Her?” by Betty Rae Frandsen, et al

Freshmen living on their own for the first time often get their first glimpse of the behind-the-scenes activity that goes on to make life run smoothly, routinely taken care of by parents. Offering advice that’s helpful in nearly every facet of life, from the laundry room to the kitchen, it also contains first aid tips and money-saving facts.