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 List Of Things To Bring With You To College

Preparing for you move to college is an exciting and important time in your life.  For many it is the first time that you will be out on your own.  You may want to take all kinds of things from home but remember that dorm rooms are small and you will most likely have one or more roommates.  We have created a list of items that may help you when you  go out college shopping.


Things to Bring

Bedding:  Extra long single beds are the norm.

  • Extra long twin sheets and pillow cases

  • Pillow(s)

  • Comforter

  • Blanket

  • Mattress cover

  • Egg Crate

  • Throw blanket

Bath Items: 

  • Towels ( hand, bath, washcloths, and if you plan on using the pool then a beach towel)

  • Shower Caddy

  • Soap (liquid soap works better than bar soap in the shower)

  • Razor

  • Shaving cream

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Slides or flip flops


  • Detergent

  • Clorox

  • Fabric softener

  • Shout or Tide stick

  • Laundry bag

  • Laundry basket

  • Iron and portable ironing board

  • Drying rack

  • Rolls of quarters if necessary for your school. 

School Supplies

  • Laptop - check with school to determine requirements

  • Printer

  • Printer paper

  • Extra print cartridges

  • Backpack

  • Pens

  • Pencils

  • Highlighters

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Stapler and staples

  • Calculator

  • Paper Clips

  • Permanent Marker

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Loose leaf paper

  • Folders, notebooks or binders

Organization Items

  • Desk drawer organizers

  • Under bed storage containers

  • Closet shoe rack

  • Closet organizers for handbags or sweaters

  • Plastic door hooks for hanging additional items

  • Long door Mirror (if not provided)


  • IPod and charger

  • Cell Phone and charger

  • Camera

  • Tissues

  • Desk lamp

  • Floor lamp

  • Throw blanket

  • First Aid Kit

  • Sewing Kit

Appliances - check with school to see what is provided.

Note:  You should coordinate with your roommate(s) so that there is only one of each item per room. 

  • Microwave  (normally may not exceed 700 watts)

  • Refrigerator ( normally may not exceed 2.5 cu feet

  • Flat Screen TV

  • DVD player

  • Gaming Device

For residences with a kitchen

  • Pots

  • Pans

  • Bowls

  • Dishes

  • Glasses

  • Utensils

  • Dish Towels

  • Sponges

  • Dish detergent