College Dorm Room Checklist: All The Essentials!

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I have had many requests for a good solid checklist for sending your kids off to college.  We’ve had a few experiences with the whole college dorm room thing around here and this is what we’ve come up with!

Updated: 6/23/21

College Dorm Checklist: What to Bring for Your College Dorm Room

Dorm Room Room Checklist – PDF Download

Leaving for college can be a stressful yet exciting time for students as well as parents; saying good-bye to home and going off to start a new life, in a new place, with all new people. For incoming freshmen, knowing what to bring to create a comfortable living environment at school can be a whole challenge in itself. I know that every new student wonders, “How can I possibly fit ALL of my stuff in this small 12’x15’ room while sharing it with a total stranger?” That’s where we come in!

Here is a little guide to help parents as well as students know what the essentials are for a college dorm room and how to make it all fit comfortably.

1. Bedding

  • Comforter – Dark, durable and a Twin XL!
  • Sheets & Padding
    • Sheets (grab 2 sets of twin XL)
    • egg crate – believe me you need this
    • mattress pad  -Note: The egg crate and mattress pad make your sleep MUCH better on dorm beds. Don’t skip this.
  • Pillows
    • Pillows
    • body pillow – you will probably be against a cold stone wall – this makes it less cold feeling!

2. Desk

3. Electronics

  • Laptop  You really do need this.
  • Printer:  We for sure recommend a wireless Brother Printer! It’s better than have your own then always having to rely on the library!
  • TV – You can always just use your laptop – but sometimes its nice to watch actual tv
  • Power Strips You might only have 1 outlet for yourself!

4. Lighting

Note: you won’t need a floor lamp most likely because the overhead lighting will light up the room ( if you do you can grab one when you get there).

5. Windows

Most dorm rooms don’t allow you to take down the existing curtains. If you know for a fact that your school does not provide curtains then find simple ones that are cheap because they’re probably going to get pretty dirty.

6. Organizing

Note: Under bed storage is key. If you’re wondering where you’re going to fit all of your stuff, this is where.

7. Closet

8. Fan

9. Bathroom/Towels

10. Furniture

11. Floors

12. Appliances/Kitchen

13. Laundry

14. Other

Dorm Room Essentials Checklist – PDF Download