Also... a washer/dryer was imperative for me. I had no idea that was even in the realm of possibilities (coming from UG baltimore... no one had their own washer/dryer, at least in the area by my school), but once I knew it was, there was no turning back. Also... dishwasher! That is going to save me so much time every night!
You didn't have a dishwasher??? I didn't know there were many apartments still like that.
I have to say, although I disliked a lot of things about my ugrad we did have pretty sweet dorms - often including our own washer/dryer and always including a dishwasher.