College Dorm Checklist

Ready for the college life? What about your Dorm life? Check out this checklist which covers all the Must-to-be included things for your happy dorm life..

Updated by Viswathika on 28th January 2020

Joining college is itself a new and avid phase of life If you live away from your home. Being a fresher and stepping into the hostel life, students will be uncertain about few things.

In this article, let us learn about the things you need to consider before you step in. Here is the checklist for your dorm life.

Packing is not a difficult job but finding what you need and what you don't need is difficult. To make it easy, check this checklist.


Stationeries/college supplies

Most of the schools have their stationery shop on the campus which contains all the day-to-day essentials. But it is really better to have things ready in your hand in case you need it immediately. Remember, Sharing is caring. The more you give, the more you get. As this is not something that gets spoiled over time, you can have stock and use it later.

stationary - Dorm checklist

  • Backpack

  • Highlighters

  • Notebooks

  • Paper clips

  • Pendrives and USB storage devices

  • Pens (blue, black, red)

  • Permanent markers

  • Scientific and Graphing Calculator

  • Scissors

  • Stamps and envelopes

  • Stapler

  • Sticky notes

  • Tape: scotch and duct tape

  • Three-hole punch


Bathroom Essentials

Most of the college dorms will have a common washroom for the whole floor. Around 15-20 students use the same washroom you use. So being hygienic and clean is very important. If you are less immune, you can be easily infected. To avoid this, Have separate washing essentials mentioned below and avoid sharing these with your fellow mates. If your skin is sensitive then a sudden change in these products may cause some allergy or unwanted changes.

Bathroom Essentials- Dorm checklist

  • Flip-Flops

  • Conditioner

  • Plunger

  • Shelves

  • Shower/bath mat

  • Tissue

  • Toilet brush

  • Toilet cleaner

  • Towel

  • Towel hooks 


Tech Devices

Staying in dorms means getting out of your home and your comfort zone.

These tech devices are the bridge that connects you and your loved ones. You can get to know what's happening in the world right at your fingertips.

Keeping these devices safe and secure is your own responsibility by having a separate lock for them.

Techs - dorm checklist

  • Blank discs or drives for the computer labs

  • Computer/laptop

  • Computer/laptop case

  • Computer/laptop charger

  • Desk lamp

  • Extension cord

  • Extra Phone Charger(s)

  • iPod/MP3 Player

  • Keyboard

  • Lap desk

  • Mousepad

  • Power strip

  • Printer

  • Printer ink cartridges

  • Rechargeable or normal batteries

  • Stereo/Speakers

  • Tablet or E-reader

  • Wireless mouse


Cooking/kitchen Supplies

You could bring out the chef in you and cook on your own if you wish to. You need cooking essentials to make dorm life tasty.

Tea or coffee with your roommate at night before the exam and trying out new dishes would be unforgettable moments one can have.

Kitchen essentials- dorm checklist

  • Bowls

  • Bread

  • Coffee mug

  • Dish soap

  • Electric kettle

  • Foil

  • Food container

  • Forks

  • Microwave

  • Mini fridge

  • Plates

  • spoons

  • Teabags

  • Tumbler

  • Water bottle

  • Water filter pitcher, and more.


Other Essentials

  • Board games

  • Books

  • Documents(License and certificates)

  • Doormat

  • Drying rack

  • Earplugs

  • Flashlight

  • Laundry bag

  • Medicine kit

  • Playing cards

  • Safety pins

  • Sheets, pillows, and pillowcases

  • Shoe rack

  • Sleep masks

  • Trash can

  • Umbrella

  • Video game console


College Dorm checklist is not a one time job, these are some of the essentials. The list might get bigger or change depending on the dorm you stay in.

Dorms become horrible if you are not adaptive. This place teaches lots of life values such as compromising, sharing, supporting, and many more. As all the students belong to the same age group, homesickness and loneliness will be around them for a few months at least.