Like many colleges, mine had strict rules about what kinds of appliances we could have in our dorm rooms. You could have a mini fridge and a microwave, but toasters, hot plates, and coffee pots with hot plates were forbidden. (Not that we didn't have a contraband toaster, but that's a different story.)
So that's why my sophomore year my roommate and I ended up with a travel mug coffee pot. It fit the guidelines for what was allowed, and it because it was so versatile, it turned out to be the best thing I ever purchased for college living.