What to Bring with You to College

Most people who go to college will live either on campus in the dorms, or in an apartment off campus. In either case, there are a number of things you need to bring with you in order to live happily and comfortably.


The first thing you need to do before picking out what you need is to figure out what your dorm room already has in it. Taking a tour of the campus should be something you do before you decide on where to go to college, and the dorms are almost always a part of that tour. Figure out what furniture and appliances the dorms come with.

There’s no point in bringing your own bed or desk if those things are provided for you.

Some necessities you should have for your room

  • Bed
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Dresser
  • Lamp
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The lamp is necessary only if you don’t have built-in lights in your room. These are the things you absolutely need in your room. Everything else you can live without if you absolutely have to, or you can get on campus when you need it (like books for class, pens, paper, etc.).

It is recommended that you bring the following items:

Storage shelf

Any form of storage device will be helpful, really; you just need a place to put things like pens, paper, towels, etc., although you can make do with desk drawers and a closet.

Laundry bag

You have no idea how useful a laundry bag is until you have a mound of clothing you need to get washed and no way to get it to the laundry room.

Microwave and Fridge

Having a microwave or fridge is only necessary if you intend to keep food in your dorm (and you probably should unless you have a 24-hour cafeteria on campus).

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In theory you can go to the computer lab to write papers and do research, but not having to leave your dorm room to check your e-mail makes things so much easier.

Alarm clock

An alarm clock is almost a must to ensure that you get up to go to class on time and make important meetings/parties/other time-sensitive events.


The flashlight, first aid kit, and toolbox fall into the “emergency supplies” heading. Eventually, you’re going to lose power in the powers during a storm of some sort, and having a flashlight will make those times a lot easier.

First aid kit

Your first aid kit should have things like band-aids, Tums, Tylenol, and the like in it; just some common over-the-country medications and things for small cuts and bruises.


Having a toolbox comes in more handy than you might think, especially with setting up/taking down/fixing furniture and the like.


Lastly, some form of entertainment is almost a must.

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You can’t spend all your time studying, and something like a video game console or board games can be an excellent way to get people over to your dorm and make new friends. It’s also a good way to pass the time when you’re by yourself.

That said, remember to go out and meet people, not spend all your time by yourself in the dorms!