Countdown to Move-in


Rutgers University B.E.S.T. Halls. Credit O’Donnel & Naccarato Structural Engineers

For us first year students we are quickly approaching move-in day and what marks the beginning of our college experience! August 31st is right around the corner and it’s time to cram in shopping for dorm room supplies. However, as the first of my family to go away to a university I am baffled as to where to start. Living away for an entire year sounds as exciting as it is daunting and I’d like to prepare ahead to make the transition and experience as smooth as can be.

What I would like is for upperclassmen to comment and leave suggestions as to what I may have missed or don’t need! Additionally, I’m a guy so I apologize if the list misses a lot of supplies girls tend to bring, so please let me know what I can add.

  • Alarm Clock (with outlets built-in for phone charging)
  • Trash Can
  • Desk Lamp
  • Flash Drives
  • Stapler
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Pencils… Pens…
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • HDMI Cord
  • Ethernet Cord
  • Surge Protector
  • Cork boards with push pins (how can I hang those up?)
  • File Cabinet?
  • Book Storage Unit?


  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Comforter
  • Twin XL Flat Sheets
  • Tin XL Fitted Sheets
  • Under Bed Storage Bins
  • Mattress Pad
  •  Risers (Put on bed legs to elevate bed for storage)
  • Shower Caddy
  • Flip Flops
  • Towels
  • Wash clothe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Comb
  • Shaving Kit
  • Laundry Basket
  • Backpack
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Over-the-door-hooks
  • Hand Towels
  • Dustpan
  • Brita Water Filter
  • Ice Cube Makers
  • Bike
  • Legs…