Do you have a college student in your household? I do! My son is starting college this fall. To save money, he will do his first 2 years at the local community college which fortunately is 5 minutes away. After 2 years he will transfer to Virginia Tech which unfortunately is 5 hours away. But I still have him here at home for 2 more years! He’s a great kid.
Now, being that my child still lives at home, he will not need as much as the kids who are going away to college. But he will still need some things.Below are the lists for what all college students need and what a college student who is living away from home needs.
What All College Students Need
- A Kindle, or better yet an ipad. My nephew uses his ipad with the kindle app to download some of his text books. If you have seen the cost of text books lately, you would know that the ipad or Kindle will pay for itself in no time just by downloading textbooks instead of buying hard backs. The ipad can also be used as a computer, a notebook, an internet browser and loads of other things. And it’s easy to carry to classes.
- If you must have some “real” textbooks, check with Amazon for used books. They will be much cheaper there.
- A back pack or other carry all bag to lug books, laptops and things to class.
- Usual school supplies such as pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, rulers, scissors, stapler, tape, folders, highlighters, calculators, 3 hole punch, post-it notepads, etc.
- USB flash drives. Makes it easy to store and transfer data.
- New clothes: shoes, jacket, winter coat (if needed), jeans, shirts, sweaters, underwear, socks.
What Students Need to Take Who Will Be Living in a Dorm
- All the things listed above.
- Documents: Driver’s License, Health Insurance card, Social Security card, Health and shot records.
- laptop, printer and printer paper.
- Cell phone and cell phone charger.
- Electric power strips.
- Storage bins, small bookshelves, and/or plastic drawers.
- White board/bulletin board and markers
- MP3 player and headphones.
- A couple of locks.
- Alarm clock
- Mini refrigerator and small microwave oven (check to see if your dorm allows this, not all do.)
- Electric tea kettle (my nephew loves his for instant oatmeal, ramen noodles, and instant coffee).
- Dish soap and dish towel.
- A few bowels, plates, cups and sets of silverware.
- Can opener
- Paper towels
- Light bulbs
- Small, light weight vacuum
- trash bags
- plastic storage bags (gallon size and sandwich size).
- Mattress topper (the mattresses in dorms tend to be old and saggy so if you can afford to buy a new mattress, do so. If not, buy a nice foam topper. )
- 2 sets of sheets
- 3 sets of towels and washcloths.
- Laundry bag
- Roll of Quarters
- Laundry detergent and fabric softener.
- area rug
- trash can
- hooks to put on wall, or inside closet to add storage for clothes. 3m hooks are great for not adding holes in the walls (most dorms don’t allow nails in walls and will charge a fee when you leave if you nail things)
- over the door hangers, great place for students to hang their coats and jackets.
- Small Fan
- Portable Heater (if allowed)
- cleaning supplies: multi-purpose cleaner, scrubby sponge, toilet brush, toilet plunger.
- Sewing Kit- small box with needles , white, black, blue thread, small scissors.
- Tool Kit-Hammer, nails, screw driver (preferably the kind with changeable heads), pliers, Duct tape.
- First Aid Kit- bandages, antibiotic ointment, pain reliever such as Tylonel, stomach-ache medicine, cough drops, vitamins.
- Shower tote
- Blow dryer
- Hairbrush and comb
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Flip flops or shower shoes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Toilet paper
- Nail clippers
I’m sure I forgot things on this list. What should I add to it?
Now, my nephews tell me to wait until your child has actually moved in the dorm to go shopping for a lot of this stuff because not only will you not have to find a place in your car to drag all this stuff on your trip to the college, but you never really know for sure what you will need until you move in.
Of course, some of it you know your child is going to need so I say prepare yourselves as much as you can ahead of time.