Wondering what you need to pack when moving into your college apartment? This post is all about the ultimate college apartment packing list.
Packing to move into your college apartment can be so overwhelming right? Moving all your stuff out of your dorm to a new apartment can feel really intimidating if you have no idea what to pack. Even if you have a general idea of what to bring you still feel like you're missing something!
Luckily I have moved into a college apartment many times at this point so I have everything that needs to be packed down to a science. Here are all the essentials you need to pack when moving into your college apartment!
If you want an even bigger list that includes everything down to q-tips, check out my post on How To Pack For College.
This post is all about the ultimate college apartment packing list.
1. Mattress Or Mattress Pad
If you’re looking for the most heavenly mattress and mattress pad topper for your bed I have got you covered. This mattress from Amazon is the one I have on my bed at home and I can’t say enough good things about it.
If your apartment comes fully furnished already then you can skip buying the mattress and just buy the mattress pad to put on top for extra comfort!
The comforter is my personal favorite when it comes to bedding. There are SO many different options out there so choose a comforter in whatever color or pattern you like!
I personally love buying neutral-colored comforters so that I can decorate with any color pillows or blankets but it is totally up to you.
Urban Outfitters, Amazon, Target, and Home Goods are my go-to stores to look for comforters!
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5. Throw Blankets
You can seriously never have too many throw blankets! Okay, maybe you can... But in my experience, I use throw blankets all the time and love having a bunch of warm fuzzy blankets around my apartment.
I am currently obsessing over this large beige throw from Urban and think it is just so cute. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on blankets though, you can still find a bunch of great blankets on Amazon.
1. Shower Curtain And Liner
First things first for your college apartment bathroom packing list. You need to be able to shower right away so make sure you have a shower curtain and liner.
I recently found Society6 and have been loving their shower curtains and pillows. Definitely check on their website for a ton of cute and trendy decor options!
2. Bath Towels
I know when I moved into my college apartment I wanted the cute bath towels from Target that were way more expensive than the basic ones. My mom convinced me to stick with the less expensive, plain towels and I am honestly so glad I did. College apartment bath towels get dirty really fast with stains or bleach from the wash.
I say skip buying the cute but pricey towels and get this basic set from Amazon!
3. Bath Mats
Nothing is worse than stepping out of your warm shower and onto the cold, wet floor. Buy a bath mat or two to put beside your shower to make your bathroom cozier and slip-free!
4. Shower Organizer
A shower organizer was an item I honestly didn’t think about when I was moving into my college apartment and I have no idea how I forgot it.
If your shower doesn’t have built-in shelving already, definitely buy an over-the-shower caddy. No one likes having to shove all their products on the side of the tub right?
6. Bathroom Accessories
If you plan on putting everything in your bathroom drawers you don’t need to worry about bathroom accessories! But, I LOVE the look of a matching set to put my toothbrush and soaps in. Yes, I am that girl that take the soap out of its bottle just to pour it into my matching decor.... And I know I am not alone 😉
If there is one piece of advice I can give to students buying for their college apartment kitchen, it is to not buy ceramic dishes. Not only are they more expensive but are usually money wasted because you will break them.
Instead, buy plastic and dishwasher-safe dishes that are unbreakable! You may also want to buy mugs and wine glasses too.
2. Pots And Pans
I had these exact pots and pans all throughout college and they held up so well. The best part? They’re only $20. This is probably the best deal on pots and pans I have found but can vouch for them and say they really do work!
4. Kitchen Utilities
Most apartments come with a fridge but sometimes they don’t have a microwave. Make sure to add one to your packing list! Additional kitchen utilities such as a toaster, blender, and airfryer are really nice to have too.
5. Paper Towel Holder
I don’t even know why I remember this but when I moved into my first college apartment I totally forgot to buy a paper towel holder and put off buying one for the longest time. It actually became a joke between my roommate when we said we were going to buy one.
But, when we finally did get one it honestly felt like a luxury. This is one item I didn’t think to buy but definitely think should be added to your college apartment packing list
1. Closet Organization Products
Closet organization products are a must for college apartments especially if you are working with a smaller closet. Over-the-door shoe racks will be a life saver and keep all your shoes off the floor.
You can also buy a hanging shelf for your close to add more room for folded clothing!
Oh, baskets how I love you. Baskets are one of my decor/organization obsessions that I don’t think I will ever get over. I mean look how cute these are… and they organize and hide clutter? I’ll take 10.
4. Laundry Bin
Having a laundry bin like this one from Target will keep your dirty clothes off the floor and make carrying them to the laundry room so much easier.
5. Over-The-Door Mirror
You want to be able to see all your outfits in a full-length mirror while in your college apartment so make sure to buy a full-length mirror. I recommend buying one that hangs over the door like this to avoid having to hang it up with nails.
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1. Throw Pillows
The best and easiest way to add a little spice to your college apartment is to add throw pillows! Add pillows to your couch, bed, and chairs for extra comfort and cuteness.
I am currently loving Target and Society6 when shopping for throw pillows.
Rugs always make the biggest difference in rooms by adding not only style but comfort too. If your college apartment has hardwood flooring I would 100% recommend buying a cute rug for your living room and bedroom!
RugsUSA is one of my favorite stores to shop at when I am in need of a new rug.
4. Wall Decor
Wall decor is one of my absolute favorite ways to design any apartment. You can use mirrors, tapestries, photos, and frames, or really any other wall decor you like! Urban Outfitters, Home Goods, Target, and Anthropologie are some of my faves to buy cute, trendy wall decor from.
5. Coffee Tray And Decor
Every coffee table has to have a decorative coffee tray in the center of it. Pick out a tray you like and decorate it using candles, coasters, plants, etc. This is also a great way to keep remotes organized or just serve as a catch-all tray when hanging out.
Don't forget lamps! You need them for studying but they can also add a cute element to your room. Amazon and Target have great options for this.
4. Toilet Cleaner
This Clorox bleach toilet cleaner is one of my favorites and is a total essential when it comes to buying cleaning products for your first college apartment.
7. Additional Cleaning Sprays
You want to cover all your bases when it comes to cleaning sprays. My top cleaning essentials include an all-purpose spray, glass cleaner, and bathroom/tub cleaner.
1. Bed Frame
A lot of apartments that come fully furnished provide a bed frame but if not you will need to buy one! I LOVE this bed frame from Urban Outfitters and it comes in almost every size.
If you don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on a bed frame you can always buy a basic bed frame like this one from Walmart!
Since the whole purpose of going to college is learning, you want to have a place you can comfortably work on homework and study. Make sure to buy a desk and chair to work at!
4. Couch Or Couch Covers
I personally live on my couch at my apartment so I recommend spending money on a good and comfortable couch. Couches can be a little pricey but if you have roommates you can split the cost to make it much less expensive for all of you.
If your apartment comes fully furnished but your couch isn’t the comfiest or you just don’t like the color, use couch covers! I did this my sophomore year and it honestly changed the entire feel of the room.
5. Bar Stools
Most of the time you won’t have space to put a dining table and chairs in your living room so I always recommend bar stools to create a dining area. Plus, when friends come over the bar stools allow extra casual seating!
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