Shopping and planning out your college dorm can be exciting, but it can also be so daunting. Four years ago, I remember shopping and planning out my own college dorm. I wish I had a list to guide me through it all. So, I have made that for y’all who are currently shopping for their own college dorm!

***Please note that every college dorm is different and so is every college. Each college will have different rules and guidelines as to what you can and cannot bring with you. Please follow them. At the same time, every dorm is different with its set up, too, so please be mindful of its set up, too.***

The Ultimate College Dorm List

Bed

  1. Duvet cover/quilt/comforter
  2. Bed skirt
  3. 2+ sets of sheets
  4. Pillow Inserts
  5. Decorative Pillows
  6. Mattress pad/topper
  7. Headboard (if so desired)
  8. Throw blanket from home
  9. Stuffed animal(s) from home
  10. Pillow pet(s) from home
  11. Pillows
  12. Heated blanket/weighted blanket (if applicable)
  13. Slippers

Dresser

  1. Perfume tray (if desired)
  2. Jewelry tray(s)
  3. Jewelry organizer(s)
  4. Necklace rack
  5. Alarm clock
  6. Lamp(s)
  7. Hair tools/brushes organizer(s)
  8. Hair tools
  9. Hair brushes
  10. Makeup
  11. Makeup brushes
  12. Makeup organizer(s)
  13. Nail polish
  14. Nail polish remover
  15. Dresser organizer(s)
  16. Hair spray/dry shampoo
  17. Drawer liners

Wall

  1. String lights
  2. Wall decorations
  3. Clock (if desired)
  4. Command strips
  5. Command hooks

Bathroom

  • Shower caddy
  • Flip flops
  • Toiletries
  • Plastic cup
  • 3+ Body towels
  • 5+ Wash cloths
  • 3+ Hand towels
  • Shower curtain (if suite style)
  • Bath Matt (if suite style)
  • Shower Matt (if suite style)
  • Shower curtain liner (if suite style)
  • Medicine
  • First aid kit
  • Feminine products Bandaids
  • Mini trash bags (if suite style)
  • Mini trash can (if suite style)

Desk

  1. Desk Lamp
  2. Framed photo(s)
  3. Textbooks

Food Items

  1. Keurig/Coffee maker (if desired)
  2. K-Cups (if desired)
  3. Tea kettle (if desired)
  4. Tea bags
  5. Mugs
  6. Plastic and/or paper plates and bowls
  7. Plastic and/or metal utensils
  8. Plastic cups
  9. Coffee creamer
  10. Mini fridge
  11. Magnets
  12. Storage basket(s)
  13. Snacks
  14. Pot(s) and/or pan(s)
  15. Brita water filter
  16. Tumblers
  17. Water bottles

Closet

  1. Clothing
  2. Shoes
  3. Accessories
  4. Shoe rack
  5. Command hooks
  6. Hangers
  7. Disposable masks
  8. Cloth masks
  9. Clothing rack
  10. Mirror
  11. Storage bins

Desk

  1. Textbooks
  2. Notebooks
  3. Binders
  4. Notebook paper
  5. Tape
  6. Tape dispenser
  7. Stapler
  8. Staples
  9. Pencils
  10. Pens
  11. Pencil case
  12. Calculator
  13. Sticky notes
  14. Note pad(s)
  15. Books
  16. Checkbook
  17. Files
  18. File holder
  19. Folders
  20. Envelops
  21. Stationary
  22. Monitor(s) (if desired)
  23. Mousepad
  24. Computer mouse
  25. Planner/to do list (if needed)
  26. Chargers
  27. Desk pillow and/or back relief
  28. Desk chair and/or chair cover
  29. Index cards
  30. Storage baskets and/or cubbies
  31. Desk hutch (if desired)
  32. Backpack
  33. Printer paper
  34. Printer (if applicable)
  35. Printer ink (if applicable)
  36. Cork board (if desired)

Miscellaneous

  1. Bookshelf
  2. Storage cubbies
  3. Under bed storage bins and/or drawers
  4. Stand up lamp
  5. Rug
  6. Lanyard
  7. Curtains
  8. Trash bags
  9. Trash can
  10. Laundry basket
  11. Laundry detergent and/or fabric softener
  12. Any other desired decorations
  13. Soap
  14. Hand sanitizer
  15. Room spray/scent plug-in’s
  16. Duffel bag and/or suitcases to visit home, of course!

Happy shopping and cheers to the next four years plus or minus some of college!!!

XOXO – Katie <3

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