Before you move in, contact your school to find out what kind of furnishings will already be in your room. You'll probably have a bed, a desk, a dresser and a closet. Also find out what you can and can't bring. Many schools have rules against bringing your own furniture and items like small kitchen appliances. Schools usually supply this kind of information in a new student guide or similar document
If you are a freshman or new to dorm life, ask an upperclassman what they recommend. Somebody who has already been through what you're about to experience can be a great source of helpful advice. They can tell you what works and what doesn't.
It may seem obvious, but when you're packing, remember this: Less is best. Bring only what's necessary to get through the semester or quarter. When it comes to clothes, only bring what you'll wear that particular season. This will save a lot of space in your closet. If need be, you can always grab more clothes when you visit home and switch out the last season's attire at the end of the semester.
Make a list by category of all the things you'll need, plus the items you’ll want to have with you for comfort, entertainment, etc. General categories and items include:
- Appliances – Heaters, fans, and a vacuum
- Furniture – Bookcase, lounge chairs
- Laundry/cleaning supplies – Laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, sponges/rags, broom
- Kitchen items – Coffeemakers, microwaves, utensils
- Electronics – DVD/Blu-ray player, TV, stereo, alarm clock
- Bath items – Shower caddy, personal hygiene products
- Study/Desk Organization – Calculators, writing supplies
- Storage/Organization – Closest organizers, clothes hangers, laundry bag/basket, storage bins
- Room Décor – Rugs, door mirror, artwork
- Safety & Prep – First aid kit, flashlight, batteries, tools
For a complete list, download our Back to Campus checklist (pdf). True Value® has all the items you will need and more to help you study successfully.