University student in need of help - living on my own!

I'm about to head to university (McGill, woohoo!) this fall, and I will be living on residence. I do have an apartment style rez, which means no meal plans. I'm pretty happy for this, because I do cook at home and this will be a good way to continue my love for food.

I'm going to be taking a toaster and slow cooker over there from home; the oven/stove and refrigerator are already there. I know I can do a lot of cost/time effective meals with the slow cooker, but I do need some recipes, beyond knowing how to cook dal and beans (which are about the only things I can cook in the slow cooker).

What do you serious eaters recommend for taking in terms of pots/pans and kitchenware? Keep in mind I will be sharing my apartment with one other person.

As well, I have another question for anyone living on res, sharing a roommate, or people who cook for themselves: how do you manage the grocery shopping, and the sharing (if any) of kitchen tools or pantry staples?

I don't want to be eating ramen noodles for 4 years, but I still want to be able to control my budget. As well, McGill University is about a 7 hour drive to my parents' place, so going back and forth is not an option.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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