The university gave me this list of things I need to bring. I managed to get pretty much all of them, but I am still lacking a mattress pad. What exactly is a mattress pad? Is it a mattress protector, or is it something that goes between the mattress and all the other bedding to make it more comfortable? I can see why I would need a mattress protector, but if it's the latter could I get away without one? I can sleep on pretty much any surface, so I'm not too worried about comfort.
Also, care to give me a run down on dorm etiquette? I have been assigned a single room, which I think is probably a good thing.