10 More Things Every College Freshman Should Have In Their Dorm Room

10 More Things Every College Freshman Should Have In Their College Dorm Room

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Last year I wrote a post titled “10 Things Every College Freshman Should Have In Their Dorm Room“. Almost immediately my readers along with myself thought of some other items that could have made the list. Those items are a part of this new list. Below are ten more items that you should have in your college dorm.


This one speaks for itself. You need hangers for a lot of your clothes such as jeans, coats, and suits.


The beds in your dorm don’t come with sheets. I think the beds in most dorms are twin or full size. The size of the bed should be listed in your welcome packet. Make sure you read it because you will need those sheets.

Flip Flops

Flip flops will come in handy. If you are in a dorm where multiple people use the shower, the flip flops can protect you from germs.


Make sure you have some detergent to wash your clothes with. Depending on where you go to college you won’t have the chance to go to your parent’s house and wash your clothes every other weekend. Also, make sure you never use bleach on your colored clothes 🙂 .

Laundry Bag

A laundry bag is the easiest way for you to get your clothes to and from the campus laundromat. Having one of those will keep you from making multiple trips. You can only put so many clothes in a pillowcase. Laundry bags vary in price. You get what you pay for.

Ear Plugs

If you are a light sleeper, you just might want to look into purchasing some ear plugs. There are other reasons that you might need them as well. For example, you could have disrespectful roommates that play their music until 4 am, or they could be early risers when you’re not.

Air Freshener

This is an item that everyone needs. With so many people living in one place dorms can have all types of smells. To make sure that your area smells nice, make sure you have a can of air freshener with you.

Mini – Fridge

A mini-fridge is another item that freshmen should bring. Not all colleges allow students to bring them. Check with your residence hall to sell if they are allowed. Every person that you live with is not always honest. During my sophomore year, I was living in an apartment style dorm that had four bedrooms. We shared the living room and kitchen spaces. There were a few times where a particular roommate or his friends stole some of my food. (Don’t worry I got them back). You don’t want to be in that situation.


I can’t believe I left this item off the first list. Toiletries are a must have for any college dorm. They include items such as soap, tissue, and toothpaste. They are things that you use every day. You don’t want to leave home without them.


Campuses usually have labs where you can print items. From my experience, the printers don’t always work, or you may have to pay to print. To be safe, I would make sure to have a printer just in case. That way you shouldn’t have to worry about the problems that I previously mentioned.

That concludes this list of items for your college dorm. Don’t forget to check out Part 1!


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  1. Good idea on the printer. I didn’t know that they would charge for that!
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  2. Hmm I never had to buy a printer in college because we had a printer in pretty much every building and lounge. For every printer that didn’t work, I had 5 more options. This is a solid list though – flip flops really are a must
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  3. Need a budget as a college student, or at least separate known expenses through the semester from extra money you can spend. I also thought of something else important but I assume we’re keeping this PG. I think I had a microwave too.
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    • I know what you’re talking about. I decided not to go this route with post but I will probably do another one that includes that item.

  4. Mini fridge is a must! I would add headphones to the list. It’s an easy way to block out everything.
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  5. I was thinking more along the lines of maybe a bottle opener.
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  6. Great practical list Jason. I like the flipflops, they are almost a necessity when sharing space with others. Too bad this list wasn’t around 20 years earlier – I could have used it for my kids.
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  7. Some brilliant ideas for those going off to university! An exciting time for young people – and their parents!

    Do the ‘dorms’ in America look this comfortable?
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  8. I never would have thought of a printer, but, “Yeah” great idea!
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  9. If your campus offers a dry-cleaning or similar service, go up to the person who runs it and ask, “Would you have any extra hangers?” You may be able to score some free hangers that way.
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  10. You nailed that good, when I went to college I needed almost all those supplies. I guess things really never change from one generation to the next.
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  11. Good list, Jason. I as voted, “Lightest Sleeper,” by my floor mates. Sure could have used the ear plugs back then! We used a bucket to carry our shampoo, etc., from the room down the hall to the shower. I still have it!
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  12. You absolutely need shower sandals. Put that at the top of your list!
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  13. Elevate your bed for additional space and get extra electric outlets while you’re at it. Space is typically a scarcity in dorm rooms. These bed risers not only create more storage space underneath the bed, but also feature extra electrical outlets and USB ports.
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  14. Mini fridge for sure (if your dorm allows it), and the printer – saves you so much money in the long run. I also recommend a whiteboard or corkboard of sorts, to put up inspirational quotes, your schedule, messages from friends, photo, and other knick knacks.

  15. This is very helpful! I’m sure all freshman would benefit from your post.

    Much love,
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