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What to Buy for a University Move

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Moving to university is a complicated task, especially for an incoming freshmen. Not only are you moving away from your home to a new place with new people, but you will also require a lot of items for your dorm room. Items which you will need to buy.

Within this list you will find dorm-specific items that you don't already own, or ones that you may not want to bring from home -- both of which you may want to buy or re-buy (as the case may be) before your move.

Items to consider for your university move include...


  • Mattress cover
  • Mattress pad
  • Comforter (generally an XL twin)
  • Sheet set
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Bed risers
  • Under bed storage containers

Personal care

  • Shower caddy for shower items
  • Shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, etc.
  • Disposable razor
  • Shower shoes
  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Washcloths
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Prescription and over the counter medication
  • First aid kit
  • Cotton swabs and cotton balls
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Brush and/or comb
  • Hair dryer
  • Sun screen
  • Any other care products you may require (items for contacts, your beauty regimen, etc.)

TIP: To save room during your move, or if you accidentally leave something behind, you can always purchase items such as toiletries, medication and even food when you arrive at university.


  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Stain remover
  • Dryer sheets
  • Money for coin operated machines
  • Hangers
  • Sewing kit
  • Iron and ironing board (if permitted by your dorm rules)


  • Computer with peripherals or laptop
  • Computer speakers
  • Headphones
  • Printer and ink cartridges
  • Flash drive
  • Cell phone
  • Chargers
  • Power strips, surge protectors and extension cords
  • Television
  • DVD or Blu-ray player
  • Video game systems
  • Appropriate cables

TIP: For larger and more expensive items, contact your roommate and agree upon what you will each bring into the dorm. You can also split the expense of costlier university items between you, although this may prove troublesome come move out day.

School supplies

  • Required textbooks
  • Pens and pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Notebooks
  • Binders
  • Calculator
  • Backpack or tote bag
  • Paper clips
  • Stapler and staples
  • Sticky notes
  • Any other preferred materials to help you study

Food and drink

  • A miniature fridge (if one is not provided for you)
  • Microwave (assuming one is not already available in your room or common area)
  • Easy to prepare snacks
  • A re-fillable water pitcher with filter
  • Re-usable water bottle
  • Easy to store and clean dish sets with cups, mugs and utensils
  • Plastic wrap and/or tin foil
  • Zip-top bags
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Small coffee-maker (if allowed)

Cleaning supplies

  • Paper towels
  • Disinfectant
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Sponges
  • Mini-vacuum
  • Dustpan
  • Trash bags


  • Alarm clock
  • Portable fan
  • Desk lamp
  • Light bulbs
  • Storage containers
  • Garbage can
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Posters
  • Bulletin board or dry erase board
  • Push pins or dry erase markers
  • Personal safe
  • Entertainment such as books, movies, etc.
  • Umbrella
Ultimately, when purchasing items for your university dorm, buy what you will need to live for months at a time away from home.

However, make sure you check the rules, regulations and policies of your dorm room before purchasing anything. Depending on the university you choose, some items such as hot plates, candles, toasters, etc. may be prohibited.

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on August 4, 2014

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