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what are some necessities to bring to a college dorm?

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Wayne’s Answer

Hi Karoline. Your dorm room will be your home for the next 4 years. You want to be as comfortable as possible so that you can succeed.

Here are some items that kept me comfortable.

Comforter
Twin XL sheet set with pillowcases
Pillow(s)
Mattress pad/cover
Under the bed storage
Towels
Shower caddy
Fan
First aid kit
Laundry basket/bag
Drying rack for laundry
Clothes hangers
Trash can
Reading light
Mini toolkit
Duct tape
Mini-fridge
Microwave
TV
Surge protector with USB ports
Noise-canceling headphones
Cleaning Wipes
Umbrella
2 cereal bowls
2 plates
Cups
Basic set of silverware
Coffee mug
Filtered water pitcher
To-go coffee mug
Reusable water bottle
Quarters
A surplus of school and office supplies

Of course you may not need all of these items, but I hope this gives you some ideas.

Good luck!
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Sharon’s Answer

In addition to what was mentioned I would also bring a

- brita water filter
- tide pods
- slippers ( to wear around the building if you have to walk to the bathroom)
- mesh laundry bags ( to put any special clothing or socks so you won't lose them)
- extra tooth brushes ( you never know when you might accidentally drop it)
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Lian-Wei’s Answer

Hi Karoline! I agree with all items that Dawn mentioned above (especially all of the shower stuff + flip flops), and I would add a few more things below (if your dorm allows):
- Mini Fridge (as many dorms will have a common lounge with a communal fridge which might be bothersome)
- Microwave (optional) - common lounge will also have a microwave, but it would be more convenient
- Whiteboard (although not a necessity, it was a great tool for me to communicate with my roommate whenever we needed stuff/things to do
- Hangers (they don't provide)
- Hamper for laundry (buy a sturdy one)

These are the stuff that I can think of when I was a freshman. Best of luck!
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Karoline:

In addition to the great suggestions already mentioned here's a link to an article on an extensive list of items to bring to college. This article covers "ALL" areas of items you'll want to bring. Keep in mind though that you won't need everything on the list but, it will give you good ideas on items to bring that you may not have already thought about. I hope you find the article useful and will read it in its entirety. Best of luck to you!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Campus Dorm List • https://collegesofdistinction.com/advice/college-move-in-day-a-college-packing-list-of-essentials-for-your-dorm-room/
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Dawn’s Answer

Depends on how geared up you want to be, but I personally hate moving a bunch of things out at the end of the year so I keep it minimal. Here are the TOP essentials that I wouldn't go without:

Flip flops (never go barefoot in a communal shower)
Shower caddy
Extra bed sheets/pillow covers
Water kettle
Emergency snacks
Lots of lounge-wear
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Karoline, thank you for your question. There are a few things that were not mentioned, such as paper plates and cups plastic fork and spoons you will also need to bring large trash bags. If you like to drink coffee in the morning you will need to bring a small coffee pot so you can eliminate those expensive trips to Starbucks every day. Lastly take extra cleaning supplies. Best of luck
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Sanjana’s Answer

Hi! Here are some things that I think are a must:

- Handheld vacuum
- Shower caddy
- Bathroom slippers
- Wipes to clean surfaces
- Mini shoe rack
- Laundry hamper
- Snacks and backup food
- Extension cords
- Lint rollers
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Sarah’s Answer

Lamps/string lights (overhead lighting in dorm rooms is H A R S H), shower caddy (if you're sharing a shower space), blanket/blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, microwave/mini-fridge (if you aren't provided with one by the school), stapler.

Less of a dorm room necessity and more of a college/life necessity: A raincoat and rain boots, walking to class when it's sunny and 75 is great but in the midst of a torrential downpour its a bit of a bummer and the best way to stay dry for a long trek across campus is by far a raincoat and rainboots. I also always kept an umbrella in my backpack just in case.
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