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College Dorm Room Needs Checklist

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Going to College Series

Here is a checklist of college dorm room needs for your first-time college student. You can print this list out by using the ‘print this page’ option on the right.

Small appliances:

  • Alarm clock
  • Fan
  • Desk lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Phone, cell phone or phone card
  • Stereo or radio
  • Television(optional)
  • Refrigerator; can purchase or rent there
  • Hand vacuum
  • Coffee pot if allowed(optional)
  • Hot pot; you don’t need if allowed a microwave
  • Microwave if allowed(optional)
School Supplies:
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Paper – lined, plain or graph
  • Notebooks
  • Sticky notes
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Calendar
  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Computer supplies; printer, surge protector, ink, disks, etc.
Personal care items:
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Feminine napkins
  • Tampons
  • Shower shoes
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Makeup
  • Deodorant
  • Contact lens solution
  • Hairspray/gel etc.
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Cosmetics
Linens:
  • Extra long twin sheets; 2 sets
  • Extra long twin mattress pad
  • Bath towels; 2
  • Hand towels; 2
  • Wash cloths; 2
  • Pillow
  • Pillow cases; 2
  • Blankets; 2
For the laundry:
  • Laundry hamper – collapsible or a bag
  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry dyer sheets
  • Change
Medications and personal needs:
  • Glasses
  • Contacts and solution
  • Headache pills
  • Cold and flu medicine
  • First aid kit; band aids, alcohol swabs, q-tips, ace bandage, etc.
Other needs:
  • Hangers; multi pants and skirt hangers work well in a dorm closet
  • Extension cords
  • Removable poster adhesive
  • Under the bed storage container
  • Trash can and bags; small
  • Milk crates or other storage type containers
  • Throw rugs(optional)
  • Dishes; bowl, plate, utensils, mug
  • Can opener
  • Cutting knife and board
  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Glass cleaner
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Deodorizing spray

Going to College Series

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