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What To Bring When Moving To College


University at Albany students laugh in a dorm room.

make your new residence feel like home. However, a student also needs to have a number of daily essentials with them to get through the semester comfortably. Being prepared and having key items available to you can not only impact your life socially, but academically as well.

Room Essentials:

For every student who will be living on campus at college, there are a few must-have items that you should not leave home without. Most college residence halls are designed for students to share a room– sometimes leaving you with limited space. Bringing items such as

  • a shoe organizer/shelf,
  • coat rack,
  • storage bins,
  • detachable/over-the-door hooks,
  • desktop or bunk bed organizer,
  • power strips,
  • bulletin board

can leave you with more space than you would have imagined. Keeping your living space organized and clean can improve your efficiency and effectiveness in getting your projects done or even improve your relaxing time.

Bathroom Essentials:

In many dorms, communal bathrooms are very common. Depending on your residence hall setup, you could be sharing a bathroom with anywhere from one to over twenty different people. If that’s the case, you need to have a way to organize your bathroom supplies. Items such as

  • a robe,
  • shower caddy,
  • flip flops,
  • soap travel case and
  • toothbrush case

can be life savers while at college. These goods can provide a greater sense of comfort and organization in a shared space.

Classroom Essentials:

quality laptop that matches your classroom needsis a must have for getting your work done on the go. Other items such as

  • a messenger bag,
  • post-its/highlighters for note taking,
  • a day planner,
  • flash drives and
  • portable chargers

all provide students with the ability to study and accomplish their work much more efficiently.

Seasonal Essentials:

No matter what SUNY campus you go to, each season is quite similar. Weather can go from sunny and warm to snow or rain in a day. Mother nature is always putting variables into her equations. To be safe, items such as

  • rain coat/boots,
  • umbrella,
  • snow boots,
  • a winter jacket, gloves and hat,
  • sunblock, sun glasses

can be essential to surviving the little tricks mother nature throws your way while at college.

    Steven Molinari

      Written by Steven Molinari

      Steven was a student assistant in the Office of Communications of the State University of New York in summer 2014. He is an undergraduate political science student at Binghamton University.



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    • I made the mistake of bringing too much, then had to gradually get item by item back to my parents’ house. Well, what can I say, it’d be nice to know that in advance, but we all learn either the easy or the hard way 🙂

    • This is a good list of essentials

    • Mikesays:

      I think you should bring books too:)

    • I spent all my years in college without half of these 😀 It’s amazing how creative you can get without having the luxury of your parent’s house. I’m sure I’m not the only one

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