Checklist for College

For most students, your time at college is the first time that you will be living on your own. That means that it is likely the first time that you are in charge of supplying your own space with all of the necessary supplies.

This can be a daunting task, especially when you consider that, if you do not have a car on campus, you probably can not just run to the store if you forget to pack something.

To make your transition a little easier here is a checklist for college – a comprehensive list of things that you might forget, but will need to make it through dorm life.

Bedroom Supplies

  • Alarm Clock: Setting an alarm on your phone is still a good idea, but just in case, it is always good to have a standard, reliable alarm clock.
  • Bed Linens: Make sure you check with you school to see what size your mattress will be!
  • Desk Lamp: This is crucial for late night study sessions, especially if you have a sleeping roommate.
  • Clothes Hangers: It is easy to forget these but they will make organizing your closet much easier.
  • Stackable crates: These come in handy for making use of corner spaces or making DIY shelves. Perfect for dry foods or a mini bookshelf.
  • Mirror: if your room does not have one already.

Laundry and Bathroom Supplies

  • Flip-Flops: If you are in a community bathroom situation these are a must-have!
  • Bathrobe: Again, if you are in a community bathroom situation and want to sport more than just a towel through the halls, grab yourself a bathrobe.
  • Shower Tote or Caddy: This makes going to and from the shower much easier. Make sure you grab one with holes or ventilation so water doesn’t get trapped and moldy.
  • Towels: If you want to do laundry less often, bring a few sets of bath towels.
  • Laundry bag and detergent: Try to get a laundry bag or basket that isn’t too cumbersome, it could be a long walk to your laundry facilities.


IMPORTANT NOTE: For all of these large appliance items try to coordinate with your roommates. Two or three microwaves would be a little excessive.

  • Microwave: Sometimes you don’t always have time to get to the dining hall. This makes DIY meals much easier.
  • Fridge: Great for storing fresh fruit and deli meats to make an on-the-go lunch.
  • Television: If you want it, go for it.
  • Floor Lamp: Sometimes the overhead lighting in dorms can be pretty abrasive. Floor lamps make the room a lot warmer.

Desk Supplies

  • Pens, pencils and highlighters
  • Stapler, Staples and Tape
  • Whiteout
  • Paper clips or binder clips
  • Scissors
  • Notebooks, looseleaf paper and post-it notes
  • Calculator
  • Binders and a three hole punch
  • Calendar
  • Ruler
  • Wastepaper Basket


  • Can opener
  • Paper towels
  • Some mugs, plates, bowls and utensils
  • Dish soap and a sponge or scrubbing pad
  • Lots of snack foods!


  • Removable adhesive: If you want to decorate it is important to use something that won’t damage the walls.
  • Fan: Not all dorm rooms have air conditioning. Make sure you are prepared for those hot May days!
  • Sewing Kit: Just in case you get a tear in your favorite jeans.
  • Broom or Vacuum: With so many people going in and out it is easy for floors to get messy.
  • Flashlight: In an emergency situation or if power is lost this will be very useful. Dont forget batteries!
  • First Aid Kit: Sometimes an injury doesn’t necessitate a visit to the nurse’s station, so it is good to have you own smal supply.
  • Power Strip/Surge Protector: Get this to make sure all of your electronics are safe.
  • Important Paperwork: Driver’s licence or State ID; health insurance information, social security card and/or birth certificate.

Packing for campus can be stressful, but if you keep this checklist for college handy, you’ll have everything you need to start off on the right foot. Everything else you can get from the local grocery store or Target.

Related Posts

The following two tabs change content below.
Amber Bray

Amber Bray

Amber Bray is a senior at North Central College studying journalism and graphic design. Apart from her classes Amber writes a relationship advice column, along with other pieces, for the North Central Chronicle. She also writes and designs for North Central’s online magazine, The Viewfinder. Amber is a trivia fanatic and in her free time she enjoys board games, reading and writing fiction, and spending time with friends and family.