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What You Need When Moving Into Your Dorm Room

What Students Need For Dorm RoomsAre you getting ready to move to college for the first time?  If so, this is a very exciting time in your life!  Just think of the new possibilities that are upon you.  A move to college is a brand new chapter in your life, but you do need to prepare just a little, especially if you are moving into a dorm room.

Life in the dorms is not quite the same as living at home or in your own apartment.  While you are moving off on your own, chances are you will have a roommate and must share basic living essentials such as the bathroom and kitchen.  Most universities will provide certain basics, but you should always check.  These basics include:

  • Bed and mattress
  • Desk and chair
  • Curtains
  • Trash can
  • Dresser

In order to ensure you are as prepared as possible, here is a list of items you may need to move into the dorm with you.  Remember, you don’t have to bring these items but they may just make your college relocation a little more comfortable.

  • Towels, sheets, and pillows
  • Blankets and duvet
  • Mirror
  • Rug or floor covering (many dorms have tile, wood or cement floors)
  • Laundry bag or hamper and laundry detergent
  • Pots, pans, dishes, utensils, cups, and of course coffee mugs
  • Small “dorm” refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Computer and printer
  • Telephone
  • Alarm clock
  • Power cords
  • Clothing and basic toiletries
  • Personal identification and bank cards
  • Personal items to make your dorm room feel like home – stuffed animals, pictures, books, movies
  • Television and DVD player
  • Posters and wall decorations

– Lance Grooms

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