Essentials For College Apartment

Are you moving into your first college apartment? If so, make your apartment feel like a home with this list of these essentials.

The following are essentials for a successful college apartment:

 A Great Roommate

Make plans to move in with a friend you know would be a great roommate or roommate and roommate! If that doesn’t work, try looking up more potential roommates on Facebook.

Search the website for available rooms or apartments

Less than $1,000 Rent per month 

Search reputable websites in your area for affordable apartments. For example, if you live in the city, go to the city website and go to the office of planning and zoning website. You can also search the newspapers for rooms that their owners list.

A manageable credit card

While many may disagree, I believe a credit card is one of the best tools in college. When I was going to school at my local university, I would use my credit card to pay for any emergency expenses. It’s essential to be smart about your spending and make sure that you pay off your balance each month, but this way, you will have a limit on what you spend. 

A Bike

– Biking is one of the best ways to save money on transportation (obviously). Not only will it save you money, but it’s a great way to get exercise as well!


Bring extra bedding or pillows if the room doesn’t have enough.

A Laptop

While it is not necessary, it does make things easier. I would recommend having a laptop because you can easily carry it around with you.

 Winter/Summer Clothes

If you don’t have much of a wardrobe, definitely bring extra clothes for the first couple of weeks.

Rain Coat/Umbrella

Cooking supplies

While the kitchen or apartment may have some, it never hurts to bring your own! Most importantly, a coffee pot.

Cooking utensils and dishes

Whatever will be needed to cook and eat in peace. Don’t forget about wine glasses and wine openers (if you drink).


Depending on the room you get, be sure to bring any electronics that will make your life easier.


If you intend to prepare food, you will require supplies. Items such as an air fryer, an immersion blender, a crockpot, and a slow cooker should not be overlooked.


If the room has bed frames, bring some sheets and blankets while you are at it.


Among the many things on this list, bring any electronic devices you cannot leave behind. Things like cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other gadgets can make your life a whole lot easier.

Gardening supplies

You can save money by growing your vegetables if you don’t have space to put them in.

Hair kit

Blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron and much more.

Laundry supplies 

You can save a lot of money by doing your laundry (especially if you wash clothes by hand).

Light bulbs 

This is a great time to eliminate any light bulbs that have burnt out before moving in.


Most colleges have a place to store your luggage if needed.


If the room has a washer and dryer, you won’t need to buy as many linens.

 Lunch Bag

In the morning, always carry food in your lunch bag.

Music + headphones + cords

Whether it’s just music or headphones for your iPod or phone, always take some with you! You can also bring chargers and cords for more electronics.

Passport and/or ID documents

Be sure to bring these with you not to get kicked out of the country.

Personal items

Be sure to bring shampoo, conditioner, and face wash. You might want to get other personal items that will make your life more comfortable while living in the dorms.

Family/Friends Pictures 

If you are bringing a pet, pictures can be helpful to know how well the room is kept. Pictures of the room before anyone moves in can also be a good idea.

Power strips

Always have these available for charging your devices!

Rice cooker

You’ll save money by not eating out as much if you buy this as well. Cooking rice is also easy to lose weight from not purchasing takeout.

Small appliances – Toaster

 Toaster ovens, blenders, etc.


You will save time if you bring snacks every day. Also, it is really nice to have a night in and not have to eat out as much.


Always buy the foldable and use some newspaper or a towel rack for drying.

Feminine Products/Toiletries 

Including Feminine Products on your shopping list is a good idea. Bring your favorite shampoo and toothpaste so that you don’t end up wasting money on overpriced products at the dorm store.


A variety of tools: Things like a screwdriver, pliers, hammers, and wrenches are good to have if you plan on doing any projects.


If your room already has one, bring along an extra vacuum cleaner hose to clean up the rooms without vacuum cleaners.

College Apartment Checklist

Make sure you know what your new apartment has before you move in. Included in rent or the price: These terms are often used to describe these things. A washer and dryer, central air, dishwasher, garbage disposal, patio or deck, a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, and a fireplace are all standard features in some apartments. Apartment living also means dealing with a landlord. 

Some apartment complexes come with small pools, tennis courts, game rooms, and more. This type of accommodation is excellent for students looking for a safe environment to live in for a while at school. However, if you aren’t interested in the extra amenities, they can add a lot to your rent every month. Most of these types of amenities are featured in high-end apartments.

When looking for an apartment, you want to make sure that you get the most for your money. Apartment complexes with many amenities usually have higher monthly payments. They are often well beyond what a student can afford to pay. Many students forget this and get stuck with expensive rent payments because they weren’t careful in choosing where they live.

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