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  • Writer's pictureJessica Chermak, CEP, LPC

College Dorm Room Checklist

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Planning your college move-in is one of the most exciting pieces of the entire journey! It is particularly important to make sure your dorm room feels like home, so while we are providing a checklist of must-haves for every dorm, we also encourage students to get creative and have fun with decorating. There's always room for some extra throw pillows, a soft rug to study on, and ample wall décor!


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Kitchen Items:

  • Mini Fridge/microwave combo

  • Plates/bowls/utensils

  • Tupperware

  • Chip clips

  • Snacks

  • Protein bars

  • Easy non-perishables (Cup O Noodle, etc)

School Work Necessities:

  • Bulletin board

  • School supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, tape, stapler)

  • Computer

  • Desk lamp

  • Noise Cancelling headphones

  • Speakers

  • Laptop cooling pad

Making the Dorm a Home:

  • Bedding (check with your school if the dorms have twin size beds or twin XL)

  • Pillow (s)

  • Mattress topper

  • Blanket

  • Hangers

  • Shoe organizer/rack

  • Over the door mirror

  • Storage bins

  • Trash can

  • Laundry basket

  • Laundry detergent

  • Stain remover

  • Decorative rug

  • Additional lighting

  • Ironing board/iron

  • Batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Clorox wipes

  • Health care directives

  • Extension cords/Surge protectors

  • Medicine kit (prescriptions, over the counter)

Bathroom Necessities:

  • Shower caddy and toiletries

  • Towels

  • Shower shoes

  • Robe

Good luck (but I know you won't need it),

Jessica Chermak, LPC, CEP

Independent College Counselor

Co-Founder of Virtual College Counselors

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