College Supply List

When starting your first semester of college in the fall, there will be a lot of adjustments and changes you will have to make. Moving from the comfort of your parent’s house to a shared dorm room is definitely something you have to get used to.

Since most freshmen don’t have a car on campus, it is a good idea to go to school as prepared as possible, so that you don’t have to wait until the next holiday to buy something that you may have forgotten to bring for your dorm room.

In order to help you prepare for your first semester living in the residence halls, we’ve compiled a college supply list, which is essentially a list of things you don’t want to forget to pack when you head to college for the first time in the fall.

5 Things You Need On Your College Supply List


This may seem like a no brainer, but the last thing you want to do is sleep on a bed that has been used by a million college students before you. One thing to remember is to buy extra-long sheets to accommodate the bed sizes used in most colleges.

You might also want to purchase a mattress pad that goes in between the bed and the sheet for a little extra padding. Most comforter sets come with only one set of sheets, so be sure to buy an additional pack of sheets and pillow cases to have when laundry day comes around.

Laundry Supplies

I didn’t realize how often I would have to do laundry until I actually got to college. With all the excitement of moving into the dorms, it is easy to forget to pack essential things like this.

Laundry detergent, dryer sheets and laundry baskets are three must-haves when it comes to living in the residence halls. It’s also smart to have quarters on hand unless your school has it set up that you can pay electronically.


I was under the impression when I got to school that the only place I would eat would be in the dining halls. Needless to say, I was wrong.Whether you are running late to class and need a breakfast on the go or don’t have time to have lunch between classes, but still need a pick me up, it is always good to have some type of food in your dorm room.

Not only that, but after eating the same dorm food day after day, having some additional food choices can never hurt.

School Supplies

Even though the main way that homework and papers are assigned in college is through computers, it is still smart to have the basics when it comes to school supplies. In order to stay organized, you should have at least a folder for each class where you can keep the syllabus and any papers you may receive. Having a few notebooks isn’t a bad idea either, incase you are unable to bring your laptop to class one day.

I also brought my graphing calculator from high school just in case I ever needed it for a class, and a desk lamp is handy as well, in case you have to study late and your roommate wants to turn the light off to go to sleep.


A dorm room would be very empty without some decorations on the wall. I didn’t have time to print out pictures before I moved in my freshman year so I had to wait until when I went home for the first time again before I was able to decorate my side of the room. While my roommate had a wall full of collages, my wall was blank.

Hanging Christmas lights up around the room is also a nice touch that many college students chose to add as well. While a cute room and lots of decorations can be fun, you have to remember whatever you put up must come down at the end of the school year, so make sure you don’t go overboard otherwise you will be paying for it at the end of the school year.

Of course, you will need additional items than the ones listed above on our college supply list to have a successful year living in the dorms; but these are items that tend to be forgotten when people are packing toiletries and clothes for the year. The best thing to do to start the year off on the right foot is to coordinate with your roommate who is bringing what so that there are no surprises to start off the year. 

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Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism. She is involved with the student newspaper, new student programing, and greek life on campus. She has a passion for travel, loves animals, and is always up for an adventure. Shannon also enjoys movies, music and fashion.