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!
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)
Office & desk college dorm supplies:
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
Camera (if not using cell phone)
Stapler (and staples)
Bulletin board and push pins
Dry erase wall calendar and markers
School supplies (pens, pencils, paper, etc)
Tape and dispenser
Envelopes and stamps
Dorm room items:
Small area rug
Small trash can
Hanging strips and hooks for pictures/posters
Over-the-door shoe organizer
Floor lamp (plus light bulbs)
Rolling cart with drawers
Laundry & dorm cleaning supplies:
Laundry basket with wheels
Iron and small ironing board (or steamer)
Collapsible drying rack
Fabric softener and stain remover
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)
Other important documents:
List of emergency contacts
Social Security card
Small storage safe with lock
Miscellaneous dorm essentials:
Basic sewing kit
Mini First Aid kit
Toolkit (hammer, screwdriver, etc.)
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