This may not be what you are looking for but what about gift cards to restaurants in the area. One of my girls is at a large university and they had several unexpected rules on what they could and couldn't have in the dorm. Fridge and microwave had to be a certain size and wattage, no toasters, power cords had specific requirements and some other assorted odd rules.
One thing you might want to think about is waiting until it's finals time in his first year and sending him a box of goodies to get him through at that time. They love getting mail and treats are even better.
ETA: - here's a couple of links that may help.
Planning for college