Moving out of Mom and Dad’s house and into on- or off-campus housing is an exciting milestone. But before moving day, you’ll need a college dorm checklist to ensure you have the essentials.

    Moving into a dorm or an apartment is a college student’s first taste of independence and freedom.

    Having ‘your own place’ — or at least, one to share with a roommate — helps you to break out of your comfort zone, make new friends, and learn how to take care of yourself.

    In other words, the dorm experience, like college itself, prepares you for the real world.

    However, living on your own requires some advanced planning — which is why MyMove has put together a college dorm checklist.

    College Dorm Checklist

    Whether you need college dorm essentials for guys or for girls, this comprehensive list has everything to cover your basic needs (and even some luxuries).

    For instance, you know to bring bedding, clothes and a desktop lamp. But don’t forget waterproof flip-flops for communal bathrooms, silverware for meals, and a coffee maker to start each morning fresh!

    There are all kinds of things you need for your college dorm but may not realize you need, and that’s the purpose of this college dorm checklist:

    College Apartment Checklist

    If you’re living large and will move into an apartment instead of a dorm, MyMove has thought of that, too! Keep reading for the college apartment checklist with all the essentials.

    Living in an apartment provides the opportunity to cook, and that means you’ll need a starter cookware set. You’ll also need to clean carpeting and reduce allergens, so a vacuum cleaner is a must. And don’t forget furniture that can double as storage.

    Your place should be clean and comfortable, so follow this college apartment checklist to ensure you have all the essentials.

    It’s much better to be prepared now than to have to purchase items after the school year has started!

    Use the college dorm checklist and the college apartment checklist to make sure you have everything, regardless of your living situation.  

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    Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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