College Dorm Checklist: What You Need To Bring To Campus

Time has finally arrived for you to start a new adventure in your life, College.

Moving to a new place can be exciting yet also stressful when it comes to buying new items for your dorm. It can get expensive so don’t go overboard on spending for things you truly don’t need.

To help you get organized, this checklist will help you get the right things you need for your new home away from home.

A few great places to Shop for Dorm Essentials:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • IKEA
  • On the Web (Urban Outfitters, Amazon)

Room Needs

  • Bedding (Comforter, Sheets, Mattress Pad, Pillow Cases, Pillows)
  • Storage Bins
  • Desk Lamp
  • Mini Fridge
  • Microwave (Optional)
  • Trash Can
  • Alarm Clock
  • Door Mirror
  • Bulletin/White Board
  • Laptop
  • Fan

Linen and Laundry Supplies

  • Towels(Bath, Hand, Face)
  • Laundry Basket
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Sheets
  • Extra Blankets
  • Clothes Hangers

Personal Needs

  • Asprin/Ibprofen
  • Pepto Bismal
  • Medications
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cold/Flu Medicine
  • Cough Drops
  • Deodarant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body/Face Wash
  • Lotion
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrush
  • Comb/Brush
  • Hair Dryer/Straightener/Curling Iron
  • Cotton Swabs/Q-Tips
  • Neosporin
  • Feminine Products (If you are a girl)


  • Pants/Jeans
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Light/Heavy Jacket
  • Gloves,Scarves,Hats
  • Pajamas
  • Shoes
    (Tennis Shoes, Casual Shoes, Dress up Shoes, Sandals)
  • Boots
  • Sweats

School Supplies

  • Pencils/Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Backpack
  • Sticky notes
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Computer Supplies
    (Printer Paper,Ink)
  • USB Drive
  • Highlighters
  • Calculator
  • Stapler/Staples
  • Headphones
  • Push Pins
  • Ethernet Cable


  • Batteries
  • Extension Cords
  • Umbrella
  • LightBulbs
  • IPod/MP3 Player
  • Laptop
  • Coffee Mug
  • Water Bottle
  • Wall Art
  • TV
  • Paper Towels/Napkins
  • Paper Plates
  • Pot Holders
  • Silverware
  • Cups/Bowls
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Zip Lock Baggies
  • Chip Clips
  • Can Opener
  • Storage Containers for Food

If you will be living with a roommate or two, make sure to check with them first on certain items that you plan on bringing. Not everyone wants to have certain things in their rooms.

Also be willing to share with your roommate(s). Don’t be afraid to discuss things you do and do not want in your room. Remember you will be sharing this room with someone else during your college years so discuss with them what you plan on bringing.

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Cayla Gorsh

Cayla Gorsh

Cayla Gorsh is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism with a minor in English. She transferred to the University of Iowa from Scott Community College in Bettendorf Iowa. Outside of school she loves to exercise and stay fit. She is also a huge book nerd and loves to read. She also loves to cook and of course spend time with friends and family.
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