Ultimate College Shopping List + FREE Printable Checklist

Ahh summer break.. all of the recently graduated high schoolers are on Pinterest researching dorm decor and wondering “where am I going to hang my twinkle lights?”. Don’t worry, I was the same way. Going to college is an exciting thing and getting to start fresh in your own dorm room, out of your parents house is even better!

However, furnishing a whole room can get pricey, especially when you don’t know exactly what you’ll REALLY be needing. But don’t worry, you’re in luck! I’m going to share with you my ultimate college shopping list to end all shopping lists!

For this specific post, most of the links go to Amazon. I use Amazon for EVERYTHING, they have the biggest selection and the best shipping! (2-day, hellllloooo!)

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I would recommend getting a free trial for Amazon Prime Student if you havenโ€™t taken advantage of that yet. The free two-day shipping is SOO nice and youโ€™ll save money too! ๐Ÿ™‚

dorm shopping guide

For Your Bed

For Your Bathroom

For Your Room

  • Black Out Curtains (MUST HAVE! Perfect for sleeping in or taking a mid-day nap!) Pro tip: To hang the curtain use an inexpensive tension rod. Works like a charm and allows you to open them to let the sunshine in when youโ€™re awake.

For Your Closet

For Your Desk

For Your Kitchen

For You

  • Pain Medicine
  • Cold Medicine
  • Allergy Medicine
  • Stomach Medicine
  • First Aid Kitย 
  • Band-aids
  • Eyedrops
  • Thermometer
  • Deodorant
  • Make-Up (I have a post ALL about makeup organization here.)
  • Perfume/Body Sprays
  • Feminine Products
  • Tissues
  • Cotton balls

For School

  • Folders
  • Binders
  • Notebooks
  • Planner
  • Calendar
  • Graph paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Stapler
  • Three Hole Puncher
  • Tape
  • Sticky Notes
  • Scissors
  • Paper Clips
  • Index Cards
  • Calculator
  • White-out

Technological Stuff

  • Surge Protector Power Strip
  • Extension Cord
  • Laptop + Charger
  • Phone + Charger
  • Headphones
  • Camera
  • Movies
  • HDMI Cord (Hook your laptop to a TV for dorm movie night!)
  • Alarm Clock (I used my iPhone.)

Random Stuff

  • Brita Water Filter
  • Stain Remover
  • Lint Roller
  • Umbrella
  • Dryer sheets
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Storage Bins
  • Broom
  • Water Bottle (I use a S’well Bottle, I love it!)
  • Plastic Hooks
  • Backpack
  • Portable Charger

WHEWW! Okay, all done! Always remember to keep in mind the shape and size of your personal room. All dorms are different so one size does NOT fit all!

Be sure to take advantage of Amazon’s FREE 6-month trial for Amazon Student Prime. 2-day shipping is unbeatable. ๐Ÿ™‚


I have put together a FREE printable checklist for you to have! I’m a visual person, so crossing things off of my shopping list was really beneficial. You can grab that below in my FREE Printable’s Vault!



Need some other college advice? Here’s some of my other helpful college posts:

The Ultimate Guide To Surviving Online Classes

How To Organize Your Makeup In College

7 Things To Do Between College Classes

How I Keep My Passwords Organized + Free Printable Tracker


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