Freshman Checklist: Top Things to Take with You to Dorm

by Maisie

Moving to the dorm is an exciting and nervous moment. Many families know what a first-year student should take to college. However, it is hard to think of everything. The most obvious thoughts are personal items from home, like bedding and a laptop, but it isn’t the full list. We have created a list of the must-have items you should take to the dorm.

Before you buy something or put it in your bag, ensure these items are allowed. Most universities are careful about health and safety rules, and these rules might differ from college to college. Some colleges might not allow microwaves, while others might have regulations about refrigerators’ size, etc. 

Bath and Bedding

So let’s start with one of the most significant parts of your pack. Your room should be comfortable for you to rest and study. A comfortable mattress and desk should be for nights without sleep while preparing for an exam. How you sleep and how you feel while studying will have a tremendous impact on your results.

Don’t forget about the alarm clock that will allow you to get up on time because there’s a difference between your phone and the alarm clock. Your place should be well-organized when you live with other people in one room. Containers and organizers will help put in order belongings. If we put all these things in one list, we’ll see:

  • Comforter 
  • Throw Blanket
  • Bed sheets 
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Mattress pad
  • Alarm clock
  • Paper towels
  • Under bed storage
  • Towels
  • Shower shoes 
  • Shower bucket/basket/caddy to carry items

Desk Supplies

You are going to college to study. Your desk should be well-equipped and comfortable, and you must consider office supplies. You might need a calculator, some writing pads, etc. Classes might be complicated for first-year students, but you can always ask for help from essay writers to accomplish your task. The list of desk supplies will look like this:

  • Memory cards and USB readers.
  • Stapler and staples
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Notebooks
  • Folder with pockets
  • Labels of various sizes
  • Sticky notes
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens 
  • Ruler


Today a laptop and good Internet are vital for all students. It is especially crucial when many universities offer online classes. So a device that will be connected to your virtual classroom is a must-have. You will need your mobile phone, laptop, and other electronics. However, due to the many electronic devices, you might need a power strip to keep your electronics charged and ready to use. However, there are also other helpful things you should take:

  • Laptop 
  • Portable speakers 
  • HDMI cord
  • Extension cords
  • Headphones
  • Phone

Clothing and laundry

Most students aren’t excited about laundry. We can fully understand it. However, it is a part of life in the dorm, so you should be ready. You should prepare the list of items you will need in the laundry and the list of clothes you may want to take with you to the dorm. There won’t be much space for storing your clothes, so think about buying a clothing rack. You will be limited in space, so take what you are going to wear. Things to take with you:

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pants/jeans
  • Shirts/blouses
  • Sweats
  • Pyjamas
  • Slippers 
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves/scarf/hat (and other foul-weather gear as needed)
  • 1 pair of boots
  • Light/heavy jackets
  • 2 pairs of comfortable/walking shoes or sneakers
  • 1 set of business-casual clothes
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • Gloves and scarf
  • Belts
  • Watch


There are some important items you shouldn’t forget at home. Some simple things we all have, and even don’t think about them until we need them. Imagine that you don’t have an umbrella and it is raining outside. Or if you want to take a bike with you, don’t forget to pack a bike lock. Misc to take with you are:

  • Umbrella
  • Backpack
  • Sports equipment
  • A small and inexpensive toolkit.

So this is it. We have created for you this helpful list to make your move to the dorm more comfortable. We understand how much stress it can cause and want you to take all you need to the dorm to start a new chapter in your life. Pack yourself carefully, and don’t forget about the items from our list.

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