The Ultimate Dorm Checklist for College Students [Free Printable]

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Are you ready for college moving day?

Print out this free printable checklist of all the dorm essentials you’ll want to take along to college! Although every campus offers different amenities and has different rules, it’s SO much easier to remember the essentials while shopping, packing, and moving when you have a list like this!

To customize this list:

  • Select only the items that you want from the list below.
  • Click on the Print icon at the bottom of this post.
  • Print a list with just those items!

Now if only finals were this easy! 🤣

big lots dorm apartment shopping finds — pom pom blanket

Where can I find the best college dorm items?

While we never say no to a great store (or sale), check your local Dollar Tree, Big Lots, Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and of course Amazon. Some stores will even ship directly to the dorm!

Hip Tip: Check with your specific college or university about what is (and is not) allowed, what is (and is not) provided, and what to expect when you get there. Many schools even provide the dimensions for dorm rooms, beds, and windows to give you a good idea of sizes you’ll need!

Bed & bath dorm essentials:

store shelves with new pillowcase sets and sheet sets in bags

Bed risers or blocks (for more space)

Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, etc)

Office & desk dorm supplies:

a laptop on a desk

Printer (if not using computer lab/print center on campus)

Printer paper (if bringing a printer)

Camera (if not using cell phone)

School supplies (pens, pencils, paper, etc)

Dorm room items:

Get ready for college with this back to school moving checklist – assortment of window and desk fans


Laundry & dorm cleaning supplies:

Tide, Tide Pods, and Bounce

Cleaning supplies (dish soap, etc)

Quarters (if no laundry card)

Dorm kitchen & household items:

Rubbermaid food storage container

Travel coffee mug (for taking to class)

Hot pot or coffee-maker (if allowed)

Microwave (if allowed)

Small fridge (if allowed)

Other important documents:

checkbook and pen closeup

Insurance cards

Credit/Debit/Prepaid card

List of emergency contacts

Social Security card

Bank info/checks

Miscellaneous dorm essentials:

Duracell batteries

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