College Move-In

What to bring to College…

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Hello again!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and staying out of the heat. Lets be honestly, the Pacific Northwest has been blessed with some very nice weather these past few months, but come on mother nature, turn down the heat just a tad. This PNW girl is starting to overheat! Anyways, the start of the school year is right around the corner and approaching quickly I might add. At this point in the game I am sure most of you are starting to wonder about what you should send your beloved child off to college with, or maybe you’re a freshman and just wondering what exactly you should expect from your first year in college. Well, you’re in luck and hopefully I can help save the day (or year) with these tips as I attempt to give you and anyone else my advice on what to bring to college based on my personal experiences.

My dorm room freshman year (2012-2013)

Now, I like to call myself an avid Pinterest user and I have read so many different “what to bring to college” articles and honestly after reading them I find myself questioning whether or not the person who wrote it actually even went to college. I have found that most lists are way too detailed and you may find that you would probably have no use for half the items on the lists, or at least I felt that way. So, don’t waste your time or money on hundreds of items that some random person (not me of course) says you need in order to survive in college.

I have done my best to keep these tips as gender-neutral as possible. I might be a girl, but I know that guys need just as much help with figuring out what to bring to college. So here it goes…

I recently found out that for the last several years SMU Housing and Residence Life have been teaming up with a website called in hopes to aid incoming or current students with preparing for the school year. Roomify allows students to create personalized dorm room packages that will get any student started with the primary college essentials. I personally did not order from this site when I was an incoming freshman simply because I did not know that it was an option, but before putting together this list I decided to take the site on a little test drive, and honestly I think it is a great option of all students! The site allows you to add and subtract items from a package, pick personalized colors and the best part about all this is that Roomify will package all your desired items into one box and deliver them to you. Isn’t that pretty cool? I think so! This saves you the trips to multiple different stores all over town, and I think it’s an ultimate one stop shop for back to school. Some of the items that are included in one of the standardized packages might include:

Freshman roommate, Grace showcasing why is important to have a comfy bedroom setup while being a busy college student.
  • Twin XL sized bedding (required) (100% cotton)
  • Memory foam mattress pad (twin XL size)
  • Bath set
  • Shower caddy
  • Storage set (Hanging organizer, underbed storage, and more)
  • Clip fan and lamp
  • Dining set
  • Lap desk

Just to name a few things!!

I personally think it is so important to create your own space in your dorm room that will help you feel comfortable when making the transition to life on your own without the immediate assistance of our oh so loving parents who have worked so hard to raise us. 😉

A comfy bed is clearly a necessity, as seen in the picture above. This was my freshman roomie, Grace, taking a much needed nap after class. I never truly understood the real meaning or purpose behind a nap until I came to college. Sleep is our friend and we must cherish it when we can.

Another awesome fact about Saint Martin’s is that when you live in the residence halls you will be provided with all the important furniture that you will need. When living in the dorms each room is equipped with a dresser/set of drawers, a computer desk with matching chair, a closet, a bed frame with twin XL mattress, and a bedside table. So no need to bring any of those items from home.

Freshman roommate, Grace.
Freshman roommate, Grace, waiting for laundry in the laundry room. See!!! You will need a laundry hamper for multiple purposes!

Next up are what I consider to be the dorm necessities:

  • Alarm clock (most students use their cell phones)
  • Laundry hamper
  • Full-length mirror (obviously optional)
  • Push pins
  • Trashcan
  • Photos (of friends, family)
  • Wall art (posters or easy off decals)

Even though you will be living on your own and when your parents drop you off for the semester you might be itching for freedom, I personally think it is important to bring small mementos from home that remind you of friends and family. Even though I was one of those itching 18 year olds who was way too excited too make it on my own, I did find myself in experiencing severe episodes of what us college kids like to call “home-sickness”. I found that those mementos that I brought from home and a quick call home to Mom and Dad seemed to be an effective cure.

Moving onto cleaning supplies: At Saint Martin’s, you are not expected to clean the communal bathrooms in the dorms. However, if you are in an apartment style bathroom or single-single with a bathroom in the room you will be expected to keep the bathroom clean. But, for those of you who are new to college and will be freshman you will be living in Res Halls with communal bathrooms that are gender separate. Some items that I found to be extremely helpful my freshman year were…

  • Bleach (laundry)
  • Fabric softener
  • Laundry detergent
  • Tide To-Go pen
  • Lint brush
  • Stain remover
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags

I hope that this list helped if not all, but hopefully most of you in grathering those last minute essentials for the new and upcoming school year! I wish all of you the best of luck on either the start or continuation of your college adventures!