10 Dorm Room Essentials for Every College Student

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The end of summer marks back to school time. As a new or returning college student living away from home, you have more to prepare than just books and supplies. Making sure you have some of the comforts of home requires more shopping and planning ahead for a smooth move into your dorm room.

Here is a list of 10 dorm room essentials every college student needs.

  1. Bedding: 2 sets of sheets, pillow, comforter, mattress pad
  2. Towels: 2-3 sets
  3. Hangers and hooks for hanging coats and clothing
  4. Surge protected power strip with extension cord
  5. Over the door towel rack to air dry towels and clothes
  6. Shower caddy for shampoo, soap, razor, towels and other toiletries
  7. Flip flops for the shower!
  8. Kitchen supplies: Dishes, cups, mugs, water bottle, utensils, knife, can/bottle opener, plastic storage bags
  9. Laundry bag/bin for the closet plus detergent and stain remover
  10. Emergency kit: batteries, first aid, flashlight, sewing, tools, umbrella


Of course there are other items you’ll likely want to bring to college for recreation outside of the classroom. Items like bikes, scooters and sporting equipment are great to have available but you may not have room in your dorm room or extra storage lockers in your dorm hall. Take a look at self storage facilities near campus to store these items. To save money, share the space (and the cost) of a storage unit and maximize the space available with a roommate or friend.

Our storage facilities in Framingham, Natick and Newton provide smaller units perfect for college storage and are close to many colleges and universities in Boston including:

  • Babson College
  • Bentley College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Curry College
  • Framingham State College
  • Harvard University
  • Hellenic College
  • Lasell College
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Mass Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Mt Alvernia College
  • Mt Ida College
  • Northeastern University
  • Pine Manor Jr College
  • Regis College
  • Suffolk University
  • Tufts University
  • UMass Boston
  • Wellesley College

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