College dorm essentials

Before moving into a dorm your freshman year, you’ll want to get the essentials. But what does that entail? What you get for your dorm will depend on the type of dorm you are in. Make sure you know if you are in a traditional, suite or apartment style. For UC housing, you can see your floor plan and amenities here.

Here are some of the essentials for any dorm style:

  • Laundry: hamper, detergent, dryer sheets, drying rack, stain remover, mini steamer
  • Fan
  • Mini garbage can & trash bags
  • For your bed: Comforter, mattress topper, 2 sets of sheets, pillows, possibly a bedside shelf/caddy
  • Bathroom: shower caddy, towels, shower shoes
  • Storage bins
  • Shoe rack
  • Clothes hangers

Here are some other supplies that may be helpful to get in advance:

  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Sticky notes
  • Clorox wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Command hooks
  • Command strips

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