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The Ultimate College/University Dorm Room Checklist for Girls

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Cardia is a Barbadian University student who loves writing and helping others. Her topics include college experiences, DIY, and hair care.

Moving into a new college dorm room is always exciting - one more step down the path towards independence. With the promise of new friends, relationships and experiences, college or university is a very important step in our lives. Packing and choosing what to carry to your new 'home away from home' can become pretty hectic, so it's always best to stay organized.

This list has suggestions for the basics that a dorm room should have in order to make the most of your college or university experience. Most of these items can be found in your local home supply stores, or online. It’s best to start gathering and sorting what you want to take to college a few months in advance so you’re not left rushing in the end.

Best of luck during the new year!


  • Bed sheets (it’s best to have at least two or three sets)
  • Comforter
  • Blankets
  • Pillows (with pillow cases)
  • Decorative pillows or throw pillows (these are optional, but they can help spice up the look of your dorm room, plus they’re great when you have friends over)
  • Sleeping bag or Air mattress (just in case you have a friend or family member visit)


  • Towels
  • Face towel
  • Shower pouf/loofah
  • Hair styling tools – curling iron, flat iron, curlers, etc.
  • Shower cap
  • Blow Dryer
  • Flip - flops (important tip: wearing these will help protect your feet from gross germs and bacteria that lurk in public bathrooms and showers)
  • Bathroom caddy (these can carry all of your bathroom supplies easily on those trips to the shared bathroom)


  • Toothbrush (always keep a spare one in your room)
  • Toothpaste (and at least one extra tube)
  • Soap/body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • cotton swabs (these are very versatile – you can use them to apply makeup, remove nail polish, and so much more!)
  • Baby wipes (once again, these are multi-purpose – you can clean up small spills, remove makeup, etc.)
  • Spare pads and tampons
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream (if you use)
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Band Aids/bandages
  • Multivitamins
  • Lozenges (to stop a sore throat in its tracks!)
  • Medication

Desk/Study Area:

  • Stapler (with spare staples)
  • Paper clips
  • Wall Calendar
  • Glue
  • Tape (trust me, you will need it)
  • Desk lamp
  • Post-It Notes
  • Calculator
  • Ruler
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Pen holder/mug
  • Scissors (preferably sharp enough that you can use for other things, not just paper)
  • Cushion (for those not-so-comfortable dorm room chairs)
  • Booklight
  • Dry Erase board with markers


  • Headphones
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cord (so you can charge multiple devices at once)
  • HDMI cable (for movie nights in your room!)
  • Laptop computer with cable
  • Mini/iPod speakers
  • Mouse with optional mousepad
  • USB flash drive with cable


  • Notebooks
  • Blank paper
  • Folders
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil case
  • Backpack/tote

Laundry/Cleaning Supplies:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Bleach
  • Stain Remover
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/hamper
  • Clothes pins
  • Iron
  • Air freshener spray
  • Mini broom and dustpan
  • All-Purpose cleaner
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Paper Towels


Having snacks and things to nibble on in your dorm room is essential, especially during study sessions, or for when you just don’t feel like going to the kitchen. These can be easily stored in a spare drawer, or a plastic container in your closet or under the bed.

  • Cutlery set (knife, fork and spoon)
  • Bowl and plate (preferably microwave safe)
  • Mug
  • Travel Mug
  • Coffee Machine (optional, but consider investing in one of these. They can be used for boiling hot water for other meals and beverages, not just coffee!)
  • Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Candies and chocolate bars
  • Peanut Butter
  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Microwaveable Popcorn
  • Ramen Noodles (a college staple!)
  • Coffee
  • Tea
Nothing like a cosy game of Uno!

Nothing like a cosy game of Uno!

Other items:

  • Mini garbage can
  • Flashlight
  • Sewing pins
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Lint roller
  • Floor mat
  • Ziploc bags
  • Deck of Cards
  • Uno Cards
  • Small duffel bag (for those weekend trips and sleepovers)
  • Small mementos from home (it could be your favourite childhood toy, souvenirs from a past trip, or a favourite knitted blanket. It's always nice to have reminders from home during the adaptation period)
  • Wall décor – posters, framed photos, canvases, postcards, etc.
  • Family photos