So you’ve been accepted to your dream college, huh?  You’ve secured your college financial aid, sent in your security deposit for your room, and may have even selected classes already.  But wait a second…do you have a college dorm room checklist?  What exactly do you need to live on your own?

Now, your school of choice may have sent you a dorm room checklist, but did you notice how many of the little things are missing?  Little things that are missing equal BIG problems, so you need to be sure that you have as comprehensive a list as possible so that you aren’t caught with…uh…you’re pants down.


There are a bunch of essentials that you will need for basic survival in college dorm life, and it’s very easy to forget something.  But be careful because missing a few of those little things can cause you to panic once you get everything unpacked and it’s not there!  Many colleges include the basics like the bed, desk, chair, wastebasket and if you’re lucky, air conditioning.  Other than that, it’s probably going to be up to you to bring the rest with you…oh, and it’s not going to be cheap, unfortunately.  But then again, what’s “cheap” about college?  Nothing, right?

Lucky for you, we’ve put together a pretty comprehensive College Dorm Room Checklist so that you don’t miss a thing!  What we plan on doing is creating a blog series here at CollegePrepU that covers a the college dorm checklist items broken down by category, so you don’t miss anything!  This is designed specifically for YOU…the college freshman!
But first, let’s take a look at some of the essentials that make up  your list of college dorm stuff by category:

College Dorm Entertainment
Hey, we’re not dumb enough to think that 100% of your time away at college will be spent on studying, going to class and writing 10 page papers.  Today’s college student needs a break from his/her studies once in a while!  Now, this category of our dorm room checklist is probably filled with things that you would NEVER forget, but let’s run through it anyway…

  • iPod
  • iPod Speakers and/or dock
  • iPod USB cord for charging, syncing etc…
  • iPod headphones
  • Stereo System (bookshelf, compact, theater surround sound…whatever you can fit, right?)
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Video Game Console (PS3, xBox 360…and don’t forget the controllers and connections!)
College Dorm Bedding
Once you head off to college, you will find that you’re bed is one of the most sacred and comforting places to be in the entire world!  And, there will also be days when you will find it extremely difficult to get out of that bed!  When planning for freshman year at college, make sure you include some good, quality college dorm bedding.  But beware: making things too comfortable could cause you to “miss” a few classes…
  • Bed sheets
  • Comforter
  • Pillow cases
  • Pillows
  • Body Pillow
  • Teddy Bear (sorry, we couldn’t resist! 😀 )
    *also make sure you have 2 sets of college dorm bedding in case you decide to actually so some laundry!
  • Here’s a great place to get CHEAP dorm room bedding!

College Dorm Room Accessories
The next section on our college dorm checklist is sort of a “catch-all”.  Here, we’ll include some of the things necessary for dorm life survival, and also a few things that you’ll need for your studies.

  • Laptop Computer
  • Laptop Computer Cords and Cables
  • Printer
  • Printer Paper
  • Extra Printer Ink
  • Laptop Case
  • Alarm Clock
  • Waste Basket
  • Power strip
  • Extension Cords
  • Digital Camera
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • Cell Phone
  • Landline Phone (yes, they still make them!)
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Window or Floor Fan
  • Window Air Conditioner (if acceptable)

College Dorm Supplies
This checklist of college dorm stuff is another “catch-all” but more geared toward those little things that can easily be forgotten.  We’ll try and be as comprehensive as we can here, including things you’ll need in the bathroom as well as snacks and cleaning supplies…

  • Shower Caddy
  • Body Soap/Wash
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Toothbrush and Paste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Toe and Fingernail Clippers
  • Deodorant
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hair Brush
  • Styling Gel
  • Flip Flops for Community Showers
  • Bath Robe
  • Towels
  • Hangers
  • Storage Crates or Plastic Bins
  • Closet Organizer
  • Snacks (Chips, Crackers, Mac n’ Cheese, Candy, Canned Foods etc)
  • “Hot Pot” or Small Electric Cooker
  • Can Opener
  • Utensils (spoons, forks, knives)
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Air Freshener
  • 409 Cleaner
  • Windex

College Dorm Decorations
Ok, here’s the fun category of our College Dorm Checklist!  Everyone wants an awesome looking dorm room right?  After all, college is about expressing yourself and showing people your style and how cool you are.  So what better way to do that then by decorating the place with all your favorite Star Wars figures, right?  Ok, maybe not but here’s a list to get you thinking…

  • Posters
  • Lamps, Blacklights and other Lighting Fixtures (Lava Lamp? :-D)
  • Rugs
  • Pictures/Frames
  • Cork/Wipe Board (if not already supplied)
  • Curtains
  • Wall Hangings (large flags, college pennants, decorative border etc)
  • Signs
  • Shelving
  • Night Stand

College Dorm Room School Supplies
Inevitably, you are going to have to do some homework.  Sorry, but that’s actually what you are at college to do, believe it or not!  So instead of borrowing everyone else’s supplies, here’s a good list of things you’ll need to get your work done and free up time for improving on your social life…not that you need it!

  • Pens (Black, Blue, Red)
  • Pencils and Sharpener
  • Note Cards
  • Post-it Notes
  • Lined Paper
  • Multi-colored Highlighters
  • Note Books
  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Paper Clips
  • Push Pins
  • Permanent Markers
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Hole Puncher
  • Folders
  • Stapler with Staples

It’s always a good idea to get together with your roommate before you go out and buy all of these supplies.  Or better yet, plan a date when you can go together and split the cost!  If you are going away to college with a friend from high school, get on the same page and start taking care of that college dorm room list.  If you don’t know your roommate just yet, it’s not a bid deal.

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When colleges pair you up with a random roommate, they will also sent you their contact information well before the school year begins so that you can get together if you want to meet that person.  This will be a great way to introduce yourself, get your college dorm checklist taken care of, and save some money by splitting the bill!  I think that’s called “Killing 3 Birds With 1 Stone!”