Need Dorm Room Essentials? Print Our FREE College Dorm Checklist For Students.

Make shopping for dorm room essentials easier! Use our FREE and printable college dorm checklist for students!

dorm room essentials next to a college dorm checklist

Do you have the dorm room essentials you need for college moving day?

Print out this free college dorm checklist of all the dorm room essentials you’ll want to take along! Although every campus offers different amenities and has different rules, it’s SO much easier to remember the college dorm essentials when you have a list like this! From shopping to packing, this list can make sure you don’t leave any important items behind!

To customize this college dorm checklist:

  • Select only the college essentials 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!
  • Use it as a shopping list or college packing list and check off your items.

Now if only paying for college were this easy! 😅

A towel wrap for hair which is one of our dorm room essentials

Where can I find the best college dorm essentials?

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

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 the sizes you’ll need!

Bed & bath dorm room essentials:

store shelves with new pillowcase sets and sheet sets in bags

Bed risers or blocks (for more under-bed space)

Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, etc)

Office & desk college essentials:

Student browsing dorm room essentials like laptops

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 essentials:

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


Dorm cleaning & laundry supplies:

Tide HE 64-Loads Liquid Laundry Detergent

Cleaning supplies (dish soap, etc)

Quarters (if no laundry card)

Dorm kitchen & household items:

The Home Edit Bento Box Food Storage Containers 3-Pack

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 college essentials:

Duracell AA Batteries which are on the college dorm checklist

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