college apartment checklist

college apartment checklist

What You’ll Need For Your College Apartment

First college apartment? You don’t want to bring too much… but you certainly don’t want to bring too little! Of course, you know your own needs best (or your mom does), but we offer this handy checklist to make sure you remember the essentials:


  • pillow(s)
  • mattress pad
  • sheets
  • blanket or comforter
  • laundry hamper
  • hangers

also consider:

  • bedside lamp
  • large plastic under-bed storage bin for off-season clothes
  • over the door full-length mirror
  • closet shoe organizer
  • a fan

Cleaning and laundry

  • detergent and fabric softener
  • stain spray
  • Clorox wipes
  • glass cleaner
  • papertowels
  • toilet bowl cleaner and toilet brush
  • Swiffer or broom and dustpan
  • vacuum cleaner

also consider:

  • duster
  • sponges
  • drying rack
  • iron and ironing board
  • mini-sewing kit


  • towels
  • bath mat
  • shower curtain
  • trash can
  • your toiletries
  • hair styling tools
  • toilet paper
  • handsoap
  • first aid kit (or at least aspirin and bandaids)
  • shower caddy


  • plates, bowls, mugs and glasses
  • silverware
  • pans and pots (or at least one of each)
  • spatula
  • knives
  • can opener
  • bottle opener / corkscrew
  • colander (for draining pasta or mac&cheese noodles)
  • dish towels
  • dish soap
  • trash can and trash bags

also consider:

  • coffee maker
    dish drying rack
    oven mitt
    plastic wrap
    plastic containers or Ziploc storage bags

basic pantry items

  • bread
  • cereal
  • coffee and/or tea
  • mac & cheese
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • Ramen or canned soup
  • sugar, salt and pepper

also consider:
stocking the fridge with milk, oj, butter, eggs, and ketchup
stocking the freezer with some frozen pizzas and burritos

Desk supplies

  • laptop
  • headphones
  • stapler and staples
  • paper clips
  • stamps
  • pens and highlighters
  • post-it notes
  • power strip
  • printer, ink and paper


  • bed
  • dresser
  • couch and/or chairs
  • kitchen table and chairs

also consider:

  • bedside table
  • coffee table
  • floor lamps
  • bookcase
  • TV
  • music system

Happy packing and have a great year!
p.s. we’ll leave it up to you to decide if stuffed animals or your Xbox console are “essential”