The College Apartment/Dorm Starter List

If you're heading to college for the first time, there's a lot to bring.

Here's the "Essentials" list (not in any particular order) from freshmen and parents who've done this before.

It's geared for apartments - so you'll take away some of these if you're living in the dorms....

Here's a form of this if you want. Free Acrobat reader here.


  1. Dish cloths and towels
  2. Towels and wash cloths
  3. Sheets, mattress pad and pillowcases

    WHN READER TIP: Don't Short-Sheet!

    Verify the size and length of the mattress. Some dorms have extra-long mattresses, requiring longer sheets and mattress pads.

Kitchen Supplies

  1. Baking pans
  2. Blender
  3. Bottle opener
  4. Canister set
  5. Can opener
  6. Coffee maker
  7. Colander
  8. Cooking utensils
  9. Cutlery
  10. Cutting board
  11. Dishes, plates, bowls, cups, silverware
  12. Dish drying rack
  13. Gallon pitcher
  14. Hand mixer
  15. Measuring cups and spoons
  16. Microwave
  17. Toaster oven
  18. Mixing bowls
  19. Oven mitts/pot holders
  20. Four pots and pans

Household Items

  1. All-purpose and special-purpose cleaner
  2. Clothes: detergent, stain spray, nonchlorine bleach
  3. Dish soap, sponges
  4. Hanging laundry bag or hamper
  5. Over-the-door towel bar
  6. Paper products such as tissues, paper towel, and toilet paper
  7. Shower caddy
  8. Shower curtain
  9. Toiletries carry-all
  10. Vacuum
  11. Waste basket
  12. A few cleaning rags (for dusting ... yeah...right...)

Home Office/Study Items

  1. Laptop
  2. Printer and paper
  3. Cross-cut shredder
  4. Dictionary and thesaurus
  5. Folders
  6. Pens and pencils
  7. Paper (notebook and printer paper)
  8. Tape (adhesive, masking and packing)
  9. Scissors
  10. Stamps and envelopes (No. 10, 9x12 yellow envelopes)
  11. Stapler and paper clips

First Aid

  1. Antiseptic and anti-itch lotion
  2. Bandages and gauze pads
  3. Cold remedies
  4. Cough drops
  5. Elastic bandage
  6. Medications and prescriptions for refills
  7. Pain reliever
  8. Thermometer
  9. Tweezers


  1. Cell phone
  2. Alarm clock
  3. All-purpose fire extinguisher (just a little one ...)
  4. Carbon monoxide detector
  5. Desk/floor lamps
  6. Dry-erase board and markers
  7. Extension cords and power surge protectors
  8. Fan
  9. Flashlight and supply of batteries
  10. Floor/throw cushions
  11. Full-length mirror
  12. Light bulbs
  13. Rugs
  14. Smoke detector
  15. Sofa/chairs/beanbags
  16. Stepstool/ladder
  17. iPod speakers
  18. Storage bins/shelves
  19. Toolbox (hammer, screwdriver, level, etc.)
  20. TV
  21. Photos of family and pets

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