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The Ultimate Dorm Room Essentials Checklist for College Students (+ Free Printable List!)

Make your college moving day easier with this ultimate printable dorm room checklist for students.

Are you ready for college moving day?
Print out this free printable college dorm checklist of all the college dorm essentials you’ll want to take along! Although every campus offers different amenities and has different rules, it’s SO much easier to remember the essentials while shopping, packing, and moving when you have a list like this!

Click here to download your college dorm checklist

To customize this college dorm checklist:

Select only the items that you want from the list below.
Click on the Print icon at the bottom of this post.
Print a list with just those items!

Now if only paying for college were this easy! 😅

Where can I find the best college dorm essentials?
While we never say no to a great store (or sale), check your local Dollar Tree, Big Lots, Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and of course Amazon. Some stores will even ship directly to the dorm!

Hip Tip: Check with your specific college or university about what is (and is not) allowed, what is (and is not) provided, and what to expect when you get there. Many schools even provide the dimensions for dorm rooms, beds, and windows to give you a good idea of the sizes you’ll need!

Bed & bath college dorm essentials:

Twin XL size sheets

Twin XL mattress topper and protector


Bath & Bedding Set



Reading bedrest pillow

Bed risers or blocks (for more under-bed space)

Bath towels, wash cloth, hand towels

Under bed storage containers

Shower caddy with holes

Shower shoes or flip flops

Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, etc)

Hair dryer

Toilet paper

Office & desk college dorm supplies:


Desk lamp

Printer (if not using computer lab/print center on campus)

Printer paper (if bringing a printer)

Surge protector/extension cords

HDMI cord, Ethernet cord

Memory cards and USB flash drive

Portable speakers


Camera (if not using cell phone)

Stapler (and staples)

Sticky notes

Bulletin board and push pins

Dry erase wall calendar and markers

Desk organizer

School supplies (pens, pencils, paper, etc)


Pencil sharpener

Tape and dispenser

Envelopes and stamps

Dorm room items:


Small area rug

Storage bins

Small trash can

Hanging strips and hooks for pictures/posters

Posters/wall decor

Over-the-door shoe organizer

Full-length mirror

Floor lamp (plus light bulbs)

Rolling cart with drawers

Laundry & dorm cleaning supplies:

Laundry basket with wheels

Laundry detergent

Clothes hangers

Iron and small ironing board (or steamer)

Collapsible drying rack

Fabric softener and stain remover

Lint brush

Disinfectant wipes

Paper towels

Kleenex or facial tissues

Cleaning supplies (dish soap, etc)

Quarters (if no laundry card)

Dorm kitchen & household items:

Food storage containers

Plastic storage bags

Plates, cups, bowls

Basic flatware set

Reusable water bottle

Can opener (manual) and bottle opener

Travel coffee mug (for taking to class)

Dish sponge and towels

Hot pot or coffee-maker (if allowed)

Microwave (if allowed)

Small fridge (if allowed)

Trash bags

Other important documents:

Insurance cards

Credit/Debit/Prepaid card

List of emergency contacts

Social Security card

Small storage safe with lock

Bank info/checks

Miscellaneous dorm essentials:




Basic sewing kit

Mini First Aid kit

Toolkit (hammer, screwdriver, etc.)

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