Student Housing

We get that moving into a new student apartment can be both exciting and scary, especially if you have just started your first year at university. And when it comes to packing the essentials, you might not even know what those essentials are. However, with a little bit of planning and organization, you can completely eliminate this stress. A great way to ensure you are on the right path is by making sure you have all your essential items when moving. And this is where we can help you. Let’s look at what essential items you need to bring when you move into your new student apartment.  

Considerations before you begin

Sometimes you will find that when you search for “apartments near me for rent” the app or website doesn’t really let you customize your search. For example, you want to search for a one-bedroom apartment with a linen closet. However, Tripalink is one of the few platforms catering to young people who need accommodation that lets you customize your search. Right, back to those essential items. When it comes to packing your essentials, if you’re lucky, your university will sometimes provide you with a move-in checklist you can use, whether you’re staying on or off campus. Use this as your base, then customize it to suit your needs. 

Bedding & linen

Bedding is important. You don’t want to find yourself sleeping only on a mattress, do you? Well, you first need to find out the size of your bed. Are you taking your bed from home? Buying a new one? Or does the apartment come furnished with a bed? Either way, you need to establish the size first. Once you know the size, you can then pack your sheets, a comforter, and pillows. A great way to save some cash is by getting a standard duvet inner and pillows, then just buying new pillow and duvet covers.  


Absolutely no one will move into a new place without taking their clothes along with them, so it goes without saying that your clothing is a top priority. And while these might be the obvious things to pack, you have to keep in mind the time of year and where you will be staying. Essentially, you will need to pack enough clothing that caters to the seasons of the city or town you are moving to. Additionally, you need to pack clothing that’s appropriate for occasions such as homecoming or spring formals, etc. Pro tip: bring along laundry bags as well as hangers and any other clothing storage items. 


No matter where you live, you will always need toiletries. Such essential items include shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, and deodorant. These are usually the daily-use items needed to stay nice and fresh. Depending on whether you will be sharing your apartment with a roommate, it’s a good idea to bring along a shower caddy so you can transport your toiletries between your room and bathroom. 


Kitchen items

Since you will be living away from your parents, this means you are required to cook for yourself. So, you will need certain kitchen utensils to keep you going. Some items you need include dishes, silverware, glasses, mugs, pots, and pans. However, you need to check if the apartment has appliances such as a microwave, fridge, or even stove. If those are not provided, you can bring them along too. 


We live in the digital age, so it is vital for a student to have all the electronics they need. These include items such as a laptop or desktop computer, chargers for all your devices, and even a TV. The idea is to bring along all the electronic devices you will require for the duration of your studies, as well as daily-use items.  

School supplies

While most things are done digitally today, there are still some items you will need, such as school supplies, to keep you going. These include notepads, pens, pencils, highlighters, and any other item you might require for your classes. A tip here is to also bring along a backpack so you can carry and store those items.  

cleaning staff

Cleaning items

If you are lucky, your student housing might include cleaning staff; however, you still need some basic items to keep you going. These include a broom, dustpan, and cleaning solutions. Also, bring along a washing and drying cloth, as well as laundry detergent.  

Medical supplies

If you use medication every day, it’s important that this is top of mind when packing your essential items. However, if you do not use daily medication, it’s a good idea to prepare in case of an emergency. One way to do this is to bring along a first-aid kit including such items as bandages and plasters, pain medication, and so on.  

Ad hoc items

Sometimes when we move, there are items we didn’t realize we might need and did not bring along. These include items such as power strips, extension cords, and even a flashlight. Once you have made a list of everything you intend to take with you, have another look at your current home situation, then add a list of miscellaneous items you might need and keep it to hand. There are also guides to help you select those essentials to prepare for college life.

We hope you found this blog post on Moving to Your New Student Housing: Essential Items to Bring useful. Be sure to check out our post on Essential Tips For Finding Student Housing In The NYC for more great tips!

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