University Dorm Essentials!


It’s back-to-school season and that means university dorm shopping for all of you freshmen out there making the transition from high school to university! Packing for university dorms can often be a tricky business of trying to decide what is absolutely necessary and what might be a little over the top. Here are a few things that I would recommend bringing to your living accommodations to be prepared for whatever the semester is going to throw your way!

Desk Essentials

  • Notebooks (preferably one for each class)
  • A wall calendar to keep track of the month ahead
  • A daily planner
  • Highlighters
  • Pencils
  • Pens (in various colours if you like to colour coordinate your notes)
  • White out
  • Computer mouse (because the mousepads on laptops are no fun)
  • Laptop
  • Printer (unless your school has accessible printers available)
  • Paper (and lots of it!)
  • Decorations (pictures of friends, inspirational quotes, and anything else that will cheer you up and keep you motivated)
  • A lamp

Sleeping Essentials

  • Comfortable pillows
  • One of those backrest pillows (for sitting up in bed while you work on your mountain of assignments)
  • Stylish bedding (because your dorm room will likely look like a prison cell if you don’t do something to make it homey)
  • Comfortable pajamas for sleeping and lounging around
  • An eye mask for sleeping (especially if you are sharing a room with a roommate)
  • Ear plugs (again, essential if you have a roommate)
  • Spare sheets to make sure your bedding is always fresh (especially if you’re going to be eating pizza in bed while watching netflix. Nobody wants to sleep in a bed full of crumbs)

Food/Drink Essentials

  • An electric kettle (if you’re anything like me, hot chocolate/tea/coffee are essential to any study session. Save yourself some money and purchase a kettle for your dorm room)
  • Tea bags, hot chocolate mix, instant coffee…whatever you like to drink
  • A ‘care package’ of emergency treats for when you need a pick-me-up (I recommend chocolate)

Health/Hygiene Essentials

  • Cold/flu medicine (it’s inevitable, you will get sick around the exam time so you might as well be prepared)
  • Tissues
  • Coldfx, vitamin C, or your preferred immune boosting supplement
  • Tylenol, Advil, Aleve (whichever you prefer)
  • Midol (for the ladies)
  • Tooth paste and toothbrush
  • Feminine hygiene products for all of you ladies out there (stock up so you don’t run into any messy situations when that time of the month rolls around)
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.
  • Deodorant
  • Medication for any pre-existing health conditions (be sure to visit your doctor to get a prescription for re-fills before you move away to save yourself a trip to the campus health centre)

Miscellaneous Essentials

  • Photos of family, friends, pets, and anything that will remind you of happy things
  • Washy tape (most dorms have policies against putting pins and hooks in the walls but washy tape won’t leave marks and it looks cute!)
  • A shower caddy (especially if your room doesn’t have it’s own private bathroom)
  • A laundry basket and rolls of quarters for the washing machines and dryers
  • A good quality backpack (functionality over fashion in this case)
  • Slippers/flip-flops (for making the trek to the washroom down the hall)
  • Towels (I recommend bringing enough to last you at least a week or two depending on how often you’re planning to do laundry)


I hope that this list will give you an idea of what you need to bring with you for your first year of university. Remember, you don’t need to bring 50 pairs of shoes or 20 hoodies. You don’t need to bring your entire closet of clothes (and you likely won’t have enough space to store it all anyway). Try to pack efficiently, but make sure you’re bringing enough of your belonging to make the room feel like home. I hope this helps! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or if you think of anything that I missed!



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