College Apartment Essentials – Apartment MUST HAVES Shopping Checklists For Off Campus College Living

Things you MUST have for your college apartment – and an essentials checklist to print. There are a LOT of cool things for your college apartment, but don’t forget to pack these necessities when you’re college apartment shopping!

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Whether it’s your first college apartment or you’ve lived in off campus housing before, there is always something we forget when shopping and packing for a college apartment living situation.

In these VERY thorough college apartment essentials lists below, you will find apartment essentials checklists for every room in your apartment including your college apartment bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom.

There is also a very helpful list of random Must Haves that always seem to be forgotten when moving in.

Apartment Must Haves

So, what do you REALLY need for your college apartment? Let’s talk college apartment essentials and give you a printable shopping list for YOUR college apartment.

College Apartment Essentials:

In the college apartment essentials checklists below, there are a LOT of Must Have items that you WILL need for your apartment or off campus housing.

Naturally, if your college apartment comes furnished, there are things on the checklists below that you can check off.

If you are sharing your college apartment with roommates, share these checklists with them so everyone knows what everyone else is bringing on move in day.

To me, the MOST important checklist below is the Random Essentials Checklist – those are the things we all tend to forget to bring when moving into a college apartment.

The link to print these college apartment checklists is down at the bottom.

Bedroom Essentials

Living in a college apartment is MUCH different than living in a college dorm room!

Here’s a big checklist of things you need for your college apartment bedroom:

  • __ Mattress Topper
  • __ Bedding
  • __ Bed Frame
  • __ Under Bed Storage
  • __ Pillows
  • __ Clothes Hamper
  • __ Clothing Storage
  • __ Hangers

Bathroom Essentials

Heck YES, no more dorm room bathrooms for you!

Here’s a big checklist of things you need for your college apartment bathroom:

  • __ Shower Curtain / Liner
  • __ Shower Curtain Hooks
  • __ Bath Mat
  • __ Towels
  • __ Hand Towels
  • __ Washcloths
  • __ Toilet Cleaner
  • __ Toilet Bowl Brush
  • __ Bathroom Cleaner
  • __ Toothbrush Holder
  • __ Makeup Storage Organizer
  • __ Makeup Mirror

Kitchen Essentials

Here’s a big checklist of things you need for your college apartment kitchen:

  • __ Baking Sheet
  • __ Toaster
  • __ Pots/ Pans
  • __ Paper Towel Holder
  • __ Salt & Pepper
  • __ Cooking Utensils
  • __ Blender
  • __ Coffee Maker
  • __ Coffee
  • __ Coffee Filters
  • __ Measuring Cups/ Spoons
  • __ Oven Mitts
  • __ Dish Towels
  • __ Drawer Organizers
  • __ Couple Sharp Knives
  • __ Silverware / Flatware
  • __ Coffee Mugs
  • __ Glassware
  • __ Plates / Bowls
  • __ Mixing Bowls
  • __ Can Opener
  • __ Microwave
  • __ Ziploc Bags
  • __ Food Storage Containers
  • __ Cutting Board
  • __ Ice Cram Scoop
  • __ Pizza Cutter
  • __ Chip Bag Clips

Living Room Essentials

Here’s a big checklist of things you need for your college apartment living room:

  • __ Couch
  • __ Wall Hook for Keys
  • __ Rug
  • __ Coffee Table
  • __ Door Mat
  • __ TV
  • __ TV Stand
  • __ Side Table
  • __ Lamp
  • __ Throw Blanket

Random Essentials

Here’s a big checklist of essential items for your college apartment that you’ll probably forget to pack:

  • __ Extension Cords
  • __ Power Strips
  • __ Swiffer Dusters
  • __ Vacuum Cleaners
  • __ Paper Towels
  • __ Toilet Paper
  • __ Paper Towels
  • __ Dish Soap
  • __ Dishwasher Pods
  • __ Laundry Detergent
  • __ Dryer Sheets
  • __ Trash Cans
  • __ Curtains
  • __ Trash Bags
  • __ Scissors
  • __ Small Basic Tool Set

Printable Checklist

You can print the college apartment essentials checklist here.

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