- Bedsheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases and comforter note:check if the dorms have regular twin or extra-long twin beds as this will greatly effect your purchasing decision.
- Laptop, make sure it has the necessary software like word documents and Microsoft. Additionally you should also consider investing in a decent laptop protective sleeve or carrying case and security cable. Remember your laptop is like your baby, treat it protectively and responsibly to avoid damage or theft. Amazon usually has more affordable cable locks and free two day shipping if you create a student account.
- Cellphone with charger
- USB Drive(s) it would be helpful to have at least two for backup.
- Composition book, notebook, calculator and pens/pencils. You can always buy more school supplies when you get there, this allows you time to think about what you need more and develop your own studying preferences.
- If you have a lot of electronics (tablets, phone, mp3, laptop, etc.) than you should bring a power strip and surge protector to charge all your devices at once, dorms will normally only have one or two outlets.
- Washcloth and towels
- Shower shoes or flipflops. This is a must if you have to share a public bathroom with other dorm residents.
- Shower tote or caddy. It might be a long walk from your room to the shower and you don’t want to carry 10+ beauty products, shampoos, conditioners, soap, towels etc.
- Important papers ID cards you may need, such as a driver’s license, registration forms. If you plan to get a job, bring a copy of your birth certificate as proof of age.
- Medication make sure that you can refill them at a pharmacy on campus or near the school.
Things to buy when you get there
- Clothes hangers.They take up space and can easily be bought, buy one type at the nearest Target or Walmart and it’ll make your closet look more orderly effortlessly.
Remember there is only so much room in your closet so maximize space by using storage boxes or DIY your space with ogranization tricks and hacks.
- Laundry basket or hamper. You might have a long walk to the laundry room so go for lighter ones.
- Desk lamp. Essential for late-night cramming while your roommate is sleeping however some colleges have desk-lamps in the dorms so you need to check first before making an unnecessary purchase.
- Dishes, glasses, and utensils. Even if you’ll be eating most of your meals in the cafeteria, it can still come in handy every once in a while. Most colleges have microwaves and a small kitchen area in the dorm if not find out what appliances you are permitted to have (such as a toaster oven) and coordinate with your roommate.
If you decide to bring a DVD player, stereo, or tv make sure that they aren’t too large as you’ll be sharing a room with another person. Sometimes you might bring your own entertainment devices unknowingly they will too (example Tvs, games, etc.) contact your roommate before moving in and decide who will bring what. It would be ridiculous to have two of everything given the tiny living space but it’ll be easier to have a netflix or plex membership account to stream movies and tv shows online rather than using a DVD player. You can also personalize your living space by bringing along your favorite artwork or posters, small furniture like bean bags and decor.