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What Every College Student Needs

Shopping for your college kid can be pretty daunting. How do you start a kid off on the right foot when they leave your house for the first time and enter the world of adulthood. Well, let's talk a little bit about the things they are going to need, assuming you have already covered the basics of Room and Board.

We have compiled a list of 40 or so items that your new college entrant will find very useful upon attending college, but please don't take this to be exhaustive! Chances are your student will discover other items they need within the first week of classes, so be prepared to make another shopping trip right after school starts!
  • Bedside lamp
  • Alarm clock/clock radio
  • Mini trash can
  • Storage bins
  • Under-the-bed storage trays
  • Desk lamp
  • Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Check with college for size needed — some college twin beds are extra long.)
  • Towels (3 each of bath, hand and face)
  • Pillows (2)
  • Mattress pad (check with college for size needed)
  • Blankets (2)
  • Electronic storage media such as memory cards and USB flash drives
  • Stapler and staples
  • Printer paper (if you decide to bring a printer)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Iphone Case or other phone protection
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Notebooks
  • Folder with pockets
  • Labels of various sizes
  • 3 × 5 index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips and binder clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
  • Ruler
  • Laptop (printer is optional; there are usually computer labs where you can print)
  • Portable speakers (if you want to play music from laptop/MP3 player)
  • HDMI cord, Ethernet cord for computer (check if your room has wireless)
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cords
  • 3-2 prong adapters
  • MP3 player
  • Audio equipment
  • TV and DVD player
  • Coffeemaker/hot pot/microwave, if allowed
  • Small refrigerator (if one isn’t provided)
  • Area rug
  • Posters/art