College Dorm Checklist For Girls

Living in the dorms freshman year of college is a once in lifetime experience.

The housing arrangement is unique in that your dorm will serve as a bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc. The space is also very limited and you will be sharing it with a roommate who has very different living habits then you.

You will have to make due with the living situation regardless, so you might as well go into it as prepared as you could possibly be. Here is a dorm room checklist for girls that you may not make it through freshman year without! Don’t leave home without these college dorm room essentials:


You will probably want to invest in as many boxes/bins/tubs/drawers that will fit into your dorm room without taking up every square inch of floor space. The absence of a dresser will leave you at a loss for where to put all of your stuff.

As long as you have organizers there will be a place for everything from snacks to bathing suits.

Shoe Rack

One thing no dorm room will allocate enough space for is a girls’ shoe collection. Luckily solutions have been made for this problem. You can buy a shoe rack that has little cubbies for each of your shoes and it will fit nicely in your closet.

Shower Caddy

In the dorms, a shower caddy is absolutely essential for any college dorm checklist for girls. You will have to transport your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face scrub, razor, shaving cream and other shower paraphernalia back and forth between your room and the bathroom. There is no way to do this simply without a shower caddy.

Disinfecting Wipes

The majority of the cleaning your dorm room will need can be taken care of with disinfecting wipes. They are perfect for spills and to clean dusty surfaces. Disinfecting wipes are the ideal quick and easy way to clean your dorm room and after you simply throw them away.

Mattress Pad 

There is a very likely chance that the bed in your dorm room won’t be very comfortable. The best way to combat this problem is by investing in a mattress pad. If you plan on sleeping in a twin bed for the next couple of years it might be worth it to splurge on a tempurpedic one—otherwise even a thin cushiony layer would help.

Wall Art

It is so important for your dorm room to feel like a home away from home for you. Wall hangings, or the absence of them, can play a major part in setting the tone of your room. Bare walls will feel cold and harsh rather than cozy and welcoming.

You should fill your wall with things that make you happy. If you were into music, posters of your favorite bands would be appropriate. If you appreciate art, a painting would be fitting. In my opinion the best thing to have on your walls are photos of your friends and family. It will be comforting to see familiar faces and memories on a regular basis.

Door Mirror

You will definitely need a full-length mirror to enhance the already fun process of getting ready. It will be even better in college because you will always be able to get ready with your girlfriends, so be sure to add this to you college checklist. You can get a cheap, sufficient mirror that can be hung on the inside of your closet door from Target or Bed, Bath & Beyond.

White Board

A white board would be a good thing to have on your college dorm checklist for girls for many reasons. You can use it to write yourself notes whether that be reminders or inspirational notes. A white board could also be a good place to write down your schedule. You could write out your consistent weekly schedule so you have it on hand at all times. Another option would be to write in plans, meetings and appointments you make on a week-to-week basis.

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Natalie Alexander

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Natalie Alexander is a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations. In her free time she enjoys traveling, dancing, exploring, swimming, laughing, shopping, napping, writing and spending time with her family and friends.
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