College Dorm Checklist: Your Guide to the Essentials

It’s better to be prepared now than have to purchase items after college has started. (DepositPhotos)

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.


White mini fridge for a college dorm. Fridge is stocked with assorted juices, bottles of water and fruit.
A mini fridge is a must for all those late-night cravings for food and drinks. (DepositPhotos)

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

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Create a Comfortable, Luxurious Patio with Linear Pavers

Pavestone’s Avant Linear Pavers follow the plank trend seen on modern patios and pathways.

Want to transform your backyard, elevate its appearance and add value to your home? You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg — start simple and install some pavers.

You can overlay a concrete patio with paver blocks or start from scratch. Either way, the result will add character and texture to your outdoor living space.


Pavestone Avant Linear pavers, as seen from an overhead view of a patio with two lounge chairs
You can transform a blank backyard space or a builder-grade patio with Avant Linear pavers.

About Pavers

Many homeowners have a “builder-grade” concrete patio — the basic, bare minimum to sell the average house. That’s a good starting point, but it’s usually not attractive.

Concrete pavers are thin, high-strength manufactured stones used in paving projects such as driveways, patios and walkways, hence the name. They instantly transform blank, builder-grade backyards into beautiful, comfortable destinations.

Pavers — made from cement and aggregate poured into forms, compressed and air-cured —are durable and last many years. They’re less expensive than bricks due to the lower cost of raw materials, and they’re easy to cut and install.

Concrete pavers come in a variety of styles, colors and textures to match any home

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