How to Create a Student Dorm Checklist

It can be intimidating to start college for the first time. What do you intend to bring? What items are you unable to bring with you? How are you going to transport all of your belongings? If you live near your school, you’ll almost certainly need a car or two to get about. 

It can be difficult if you live out of state. No worries, we’ve got your college dorm checklist right here! These are the essentials for your first year of college!

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Student Dorm Checklist

Student Dorm Checklist

Below are things you should consider when creating a student dorm checklist:

Bedding Stuff

Bed kinds of stuff are among the essential things you must consider when creating a student dorm checklist. These kinds of stuff includes:

  • Bedding Sets: bed Sheets, pillowcases, and a comforter
  • Pillows: With a pillow you can have a pile of bricks to rest your head every night.
  • Throw Blanket: A throw blanket can help you adopt to dorm HVAC systems.
  • Reading Lamp: With a reading lamp, you can comfortable read at night, even when your room mates are sleeping.
  • BedShelfie: Get this (or make your own if you’re into DIY) if you’ll be sleeping in a loft bed or on top of a bunk bed. It’s a perfect spot to keep your iPad so you can watch old episodes of The Bachelorette while you sleep.

Computer Gear

Another essential thing that must be in your student dorm checklist is your laptop and computer accessories including other gadgets. You can have:

  • A laptop
  • A desktop: This can serve as a second display to work with a monstrously helpful for many, many different majors.
  • Mouse: You need a gaming mouse or any other kind of mouse to help you for ease scrolling.
  • Mouse Pad
  • Hard Drive: With a hard drive, you can save and store files as backup files in case your laptop crashes. One interesting fact about getting a hard drive is that it’s cheaper to use than a laptop with a bigger internal drive.
  • Printer: If you reside on campus, you may not require a printer because a computer lab is likely to be close. However, if you live off campus, having a printer might be really beneficial. This one works well and is reasonably priced.

Desk and School Supplies

These are essential things you need in the classroom. For instance;

  • Calculator: With calculator like graphic calculator, you can draw pictures of things and even your professor. That’s funny right!
  • Sticky Flags: You will need sticky flags for marking important passages in books without damaging the pages, these little guys are a miracle.
  • Mechanical Pencil: If you don’t want to mess around with sharpening pencils, go for the mechanical option. They’re especially useful for math assignments or any other task that requires you to write little and neatly while still being able to erase.
  • Notes That Stick
  • Sticky notes may be the most adaptable school/office supply there is, with uses ranging from reminders to grocery lists to entertaining roommate pranks.
  • For your whiteboard, use dry erase markers. If you don’t acquire an eraser, your embarrassing caricature of your RA might stay there indefinitely.
  • Notebook: These notebooks were the shiz when I was in elementary school, at least. Paper notebooks are still used today, even in the age of tablets and laptops. They’re also less distracting when you’re attempting to take notes in that stats class where you never know if the professor is trying to make your brain hurt or if the subject is simply too difficult.

Other School supplies that are important but not too essential you may need to add in your student dorm checklist include:

  • Pencil Cup: With a pencil cup, you can organize your pencils, paperclips, and pushpins without scattering them. 
  • Inbox: You important papers can be kept here.
  • Pencil Sharpener; This serves as alternative to artisanal pencil sharpening, which is expensive.
  • Scissors: It can help you sever that which must not remain joined.
  • Ruler: This is for measuring and drawing lines.
  • Stamps: Because you will receive mail from someone in your family or circle of friends, and it is only decent to react.
  • Calendar: A calendar will serve as a quick reference for seeing what day of the week it is.

General Stuff

The general stuffs that are essential include:

  • Backpack: Get a durable, comfortable and well fitted backpack for your laptop and school supplies. 
  • Tool Set: This is a fantastic thing to have on hand if something in your dorm room breaks, especially if you don’t want to wait for the repair personnel.
  • Bluetooth Speaker: You can add a portable Bluetooth speaker that is loud enough to fill a dorm room with decent sound.
  • Quality Headphones: Get a quality headphones.
  • Fan: While some dorms have air conditioning that puts your will to live to the test, others have none at all. Pick one up to keep your space cool and ventilated.
  • Textbooks: It’s pricey to buy textbooks And it’s a pain. But it doesn’t have to be that way all of the time. This link will take you to my preferred website for discovering the finest textbook bargains. I also recommend checking out the library at your campus or looking into digital versions of your literature.
  • Computer Chair

Aside from the above mentioned general things, you can add in your student dorm checklist the following:

  • Bicycle
  • Bike Lock
  • Skateboard
  • Bile Pump
  • Earplugs
  • Sleep mask
  • Umbrella
  • Bookcase
  • Safe
  • Tv
  • Sofa
  • Duct Tape
  • Rug

Cooking Supplies

The cook supplies you can add to your student checklist include:

  • Minifirdge for chilling food and beverages.
  • Microwave  and microwave safe food container in case you will have frozen foods
  • Electric Kettle for boiling water
  • Water Boottle
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Dinnerware set
  • Frying pan and Pot
  • Knife and Spoons
  • Dish Towels

Laundry Supplies

 Considering the fact that you’ll need to wash your clothes and other wears, the following should be included in your student dorm checklist:

  • Iron
  • Delicates Bag
  • Line Roller
  • Sewing kit
  • Stain Remover
  • Pop-out Remover
  • Detergent
  • Iron board
  • Hangers

Other personal things include:

  • Shower curtain Rings
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair Straightener
  • Condoms
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tweezeres
  • Sunscreen
  • Shower mat and curtain
  • Shower Caddy
  • First Aid Kit
  • Shower Flip Flops
  • Towel
  • Loffah


1. What should you not bring to a college dorm?

There are a lot of things that are not permitted in the dorm room such as harmful objects, any form of ammunition or weapons, furniture, sports gear, appliances and a lot more.

2. Do colleges have cameras in dorms?

Although it is generally accepted, only a few dorms have cameras due to the high maintenance and purchase costs.


As a freshman getting into the dorm for the first time, it’s completely normal to forget some things at home while packing up. In such situations, you can easily find a way to get it on campus, especially when it is something that can be purchased.

Always ensure you carry your checklist along while packing your luggage for school.


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