Making a list is just a suggestion. You can do it differently if you think you can keep in mind all small things that you are used to having around. One important notion: you’ll need to buy stuff when you are there – if you don’t bring it with you. You can also think of other items that you might share with your mates, such as TV/ DVD, coffee-maker, small fridge, iron and ironing board, microwave, fridge, etc. It makes sense to call the dorm and ask which college dorm essentials are already available in the room.

Things to take to dorm room:

  • Computer and printer
  • Office supplies (scissors, pens and pencils, stapler and staples, folder with pockets, extension cord, cell phone charger)
  • Linens/ Laundry supplies (towels, sheets and pillowcases, blankets, laundry basket, lint brush, etc.)
  • Shower shoes, robe, and shower caddy
  • Toiletries (dental floss, tweezers, nail clippers, cotton swabs, cough drops, vitamins, aspirin)
  • First aid kit
  • Sewing kit, small toolkit, hangers
  • Fan, drying rack for laundry, desk lamp, storage bins, bedside lamp
  • Clothing (underwear, pajamas, socks, sweaters, shirts/ blouses, swimsuit, pants, slippers, scarf, gloves, hats, shoes, jackets, one set of business/ casual clothes, etc.)
  • Household and kitchen items (dish soap, paper towels, coffee mug, plate, fork, spoon and knife, tissues, wet wipes, light bulbs, water bottle, can/ bottle opener, food storage containers, umbrella).

Beginning living in a new environment is a big change, especially when it goes about freshmen who start living in a dorm. You probably have many questions which you want to get answers to. For example, what kind of room will you live in? Will there be enough place for all your stuff? Will you make new friends?

Life in a dorm cannot be called calm. You cannot be guaranteed complete privacy. Certainly, some of your roommates may become your best friends. However, some of them may turn your student life into a nightmare. Remember that both your true friend and main enemy may live right the next door.

Some students who have never lived far from home before may find the life in a dorm nerve-racking. In order to relieve stress, you should participate in the extra-curricular activities which you consider entertaining. If any complicated situations arise, it is also worth addressing counselors for advice. Competent advisors are always able to help you overcome all the difficulties you may encounter while living in a dorm

Are there any other things you can think of? Whenever you consider what to pack in your bag, use common sense and think what is allowed in residence halls because of the hazard of fire or even theft. You might consider that brining your expensive equipment might make you a popular student, which might be true: yet the other part of the new reality is that it might make you a target for theft.

Make sure that whatever you bring with you does not exceed the allowed space. Remember, efficiency is the goal!