There are so many areas to organize when you are away. You not only have to deal with your schoolwork but also handle your living facilities. Lucky for you, I have compiled this post with FREE Dorm Room Checklist and many tips for a successful college year.
- Get a checklist from your university or make your own.
- Items you will need for the Room:
- Things you will need for Linens/Laundry
- Items you will need for studying:
- Electronics you will need:
- Misc. things you will need:
- The Clothing you will need
- Toiletries you will need for your dorm
- Dorm Kitchen Things you will need
- Other things you will need
- Other Things you can share the cost with your roommate
- Useful dorm room checklist tips to save money
Get a checklist from your university or make your own.
I made the below checklist, and you can add your items to it as well. It is a three-page checklist. The last page is blank, so you can write in whatever is missing. I made this checklist a few years ago when my kids went to college. I researched and made it with various other online lists to customize it for my kids. Feel free to print it out and use it.
The first page includes the section Room needs, Linens/Laundry, Desk Supplies, Electronics, and Misc. items like home decor.
Items you will need for the Room:
These items are great for your dorm room area.
|Dry erase board|
|Lamp for bed|
|Under bed storage|
Things you will need for Linens/Laundry
The items on this list are laundry and other linens you will need.
|Bed sheets – 2|
|Mini sewing kit|
|Pillow cases - 2|
|Pillows - 2|
|Terry Cloth Robe|
|Towels – 3 sets|
Items you will need for studying:
This section is for the items on your desk. If you use a tablet for your notes, you can add that as well.
|3x5 index cards (optional)|
|Folders w/ Pocket|
|Scissor / Tape|
Electronics you will need:
These items are a necessity these days. Don't forget your cables. Buy a few extra USB cables. We must have replaced at least 3 of them in one semester when your kids were freshmen.
|Cellphone and camera|
|Cellphone and camera|
Misc. things you will need:
These items are things that you may or may not want to bring. If you do bring posters, be sure to protect them during your travel and carry the right type of tape for your dorm. Ask the RA or Campus Life and they can tell you the one they recommend.
|Razor and shaving cream|
The following page has clothing. Have at least two weeks of outfits so you don't have to wash clothes weekly.
The Clothing you will need
Bringing a variety of clothing is important, especially if you are going to school out of state or several hours away.
Toiletries you will need for your dorm
The toiletry column has a variety of things you will need that are most likely stored around your home. Gather these items using this checklist page to remind you.
|Bath / face soap|
|Comb / brush|
|Shower Flip Flops|
Dorm Kitchen Things you will need
If you have a kitchen or a kitchenette, you may need the next column of items. If you are looking for cleaning items, check out our new checklist of dorm room cleaning products here.
|Bowl, plate & cup|
|Food storage bins|
Other things you will need
These items may be things you used in high school, but they should be added to the list.
Other Things you can share the cost with your roommate
The cost of these items can be shared with your roommates. Connect with them now to see what everyone can bring and then go shopping. Check out our first apartment helpful tips post for more ideas! And check out our Studio Apartment Organization Tips post for even more inspiration.
The next packing sheet is blank for you to add all the other items you may need. You can even add a topic header to it.
Nervous about dorm life? Feel free to visit these posts that my two college students helped me create:
Useful dorm room checklist tips to save money
You can really go overboard shopping for your new place. So to keep it simple, I am sharing some tips to ensure you don't overspend!
Set a budget
Be sure to set a budget. Gather your family around and decide if the budget is feasible. If it is not, ask family, friends, and relatives to see if they can contribute or have items you may need that they don't want any longer.
Talk to your roommate at least a month in advance.
Some new college freshmen don't want to do this, but it makes it so much easier and less costly if you do. Reach out to your roommate at least a few weeks before to see if there are items they are bringing, like a TV, refrigerator, or microwave, that you can share.
Assign a place in your home to collect all these items.
Usually, we buy these dorm room items over time, so having a place for them, like the garage, basement, or attic, will keep them out of the way. Using our garage worked nicely to store the bought items. Each kid had a corner to store their bought items. The items didn't even make it into our smaller house.
Decide on your study and relaxing spaces in your dorm room/university.
My son found it critical to do his studying at the library instead of in the tiny dorm room. Getting a planner is also important. I love the small academic planner by Order Out of Chaos(R) (affiliate link) to help manage time. Visit THE REASONS I LOVE ORDER OUT OF CHAOS® ACADEMIC PLANNER post on why I love these planners so much. Adding these time slots for studying and relaxing into the planner or digital calendar will help you start the year right. You can always modify it later.
Update or upgrade your computer.
If you plan on keeping your laptop for college, ensure that the anti-virus and spyware are updated. Check with your college to see if they offer free software for students.
Cleaning your computer of unnecessary photos, apps, etc... will make the computer run more smoothly. If you visit the computer center on your university campus website, they will probably have a list of recommended software to install.
If you need to purchase a new laptop, look for one that is common for your major. Visit the recommended things to bring on your college's website for more details. They usually have a general list to help you.
Taking the car to campus? do these things first.
If you are taking your vehicle to campus, get your car serviced. An oil change, tire rotation, and brake check are essential. Ask them to check the tires and fluids. Make an appointment a few weeks before you leave, so they have time to repair the car if there is an issue. Then, your car will be ready to go with you.
Also, buy your parking pass sooner than later. A parking pass is required when you are on campus. The larger the campus, the more likely there will be commuters that need parking passes too, so they may sell out. Visit the campus security office, which is usually where you can buy the parking tag.
And make sure your insurance is informed. You are required to tell them where your car is being "garaged." Be aware that your car insurance premiums may increase if you go into a city or a higher crime area.
Plan Plan Plan
And lastly, create a timeline to know what you need to do before you leave home. Start with the move-in date and assign tasks to the days working up to the move-in date.
These FREE Dorm Room Checklist sheets and all these tips will help you from being overwhelmed during this new experience. Please let me know if you have any questions. I am here to help - lots of luck to you all.
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