Target Adds Online Registry for Students

Updated: 07/22/2014 7:04 PM
Created: 07/22/2014 7:03 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- For students heading off to college at the end of the summer, back-to-school shopping can be overwhelming. Not only are they buying textbooks and paying college tuition, but a lot of times they need all those supplies for their dorm rooms.

"I need to look at finances. I need to be able to find a job to be able to afford to go to class," said RCTC student Cole Smith. Like most college students, he knows that paying for higher education isn't exactly easy.

"I have to make payments for a car, and my actual rent," said Smith.     

Right now, Cole goes to RCTC and lives at home. But by next year, he's hoping to move out to pursue his biology degree.

"I'm hoping to go to Brigham-Young University in Idaho," said Smith.

That means, getting his first apartment and buying all the stuff that goes in it.

But now, Target has come up with a way to get those college kids to ask for help from family and friends.

"College students can just go on target dot com and they can put in their address, their name, their college and they can start picking things from our stores and from online that they can purchase," said Adam Boes, the store manager for the South Target location in Rochester. 

It's a college registry; the same kind of concept already used for weddings and baby showers.

"From electronic items to snack items to cleaning and laundry items that our first time college students might not know about," said Boes.

It's pretty simple. Students just go online, create an account, and pick the items they want and need. When someone buys them, the items will ship to whatever address the students want.

"It's an easy way to get what you need and get exactly what you want. And it always helps if someone else is helping shop for you to get you started," said Boes.

And as Cole gets ready for his next college adventure, this is something he'll be looking into.

"I think its amazing, it's a great way to help any college student who's having difficulty with finances or isn't able to get any of these certain materials," said Cole.

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