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College Apartment Checklist

Moving into that first college apartment is an exhilarating, sometimes overwhelming time. You’re going to feel a whirlwind of emotions as you move into a place that’s finally all your own. But in the heat of choosing classes, moving large possessions and making new friends, it’s easy to overlook items you took for granted in your last home or college dorm.

That’s why we’re going to help you devise a simple, straightforward checklist that will cover all the necessities. It’s up to you how you want to decorate and make your apartment really your own, but it won’t be a living space without these items.


Let’s start with kitchen items. Going from no kitchen to whole kitchen is a benefit for aspiring chefs and microwave chefs alike. This list could get extremely long if you’re a person who enjoys cooking and baking, but for now, let’s lay out the essentials. Keeping to a minimum is good not just because it’s less stuff you’ll have to pack and haul out later, but because the fewer dishes in the apartment, the fewer that will fill your sink.


Apartments almost always come with the big kitchen appliances: refrigerator, range and oven. Sometimes, they’ll come with an overhead microwave as well. Look around the apartment to make sure you’re not doubling up, but you’ll want to add these items to your apartment moving list:

  • A microwave
  • A coffeemaker (good even if you don’t drink coffee because they can be used to heat water for tea or Ramen noodles)
  • A toaster or toaster oven

Cooking Tools

After taking care of the appliances, make sure you have everything you need to actually put food on to bake, saute or fry. Think about a way to serve it and a way to get it to your mouth. Going to a gas station and stocking up on prepackaged plastic utensils isn’t going to cut it — nor is it going to endear you to the convenience store employees, who could otherwise become friends in the worst of times.

Make it look like you know what you’re doing and impress your roommates by picking up:

  • Utensils
  • A saucepan
  • A frying pan
  • Measuring cups
  • A cutting board
  • A colander or strainer
  • A baking sheet
  • A ladle
  • Tupperware containers

Cleaning Products

If you make a mess, you better have the tools to clean that mess. Getting an apartment with a dishwasher will definitely save you time on cleaning dishes, but sometimes it just won’t beat good old-fashioned elbow grease. If you plan to keep the kitchen — and the rest of your apartment — clean, pick up these items:

  • Trash cans
  • Trash bags
  • Dish towels
  • Dish soap, which can be used to clean surfaces too
  • A drying rack
  • Sponges
  • Scrubbing pads
  • A mop or Swiffer
  • Paper towels
  • A vacuum cleaner or broom and dustpan

Living Room

At A+ Student Housing, we supply all the furniture. No breaking your back lugging couches, chairs and ottomans up and down steps every year. Save that effort for your studies!

Certainly, there’s still some furniture you might want to bring. If you’re low on funds, talk to those who are about to be done with school or move away about what they may leave behind so that you can reuse it. Better to recycle than to send something good to the dump.


Our fully furnished student housing includes beds, so you don’t need to worry about getting a cheap frame or mattress. But you will need to supply accessories to make your bedroom comfy, including:

  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • A mattress topper
  • Fans
  • Storage bins
  • Hangers
  • Desk lamps and additional light sources


Your new bathroom will require attention from you first thing. It’s easy to take having towels and shower curtains for granted. Add the following to your checklist:

  • Towels
  • Hand towels
  • Shower curtains and hooks
  • Hand soap


Some items usually go forgotten because they don’t perfectly fit into any category listed. This list can extend into the hundreds of items, but we’ll stick to the basics:

  • Power strips/surge protectors
  • Extension cords (check to make sure they’re three-pronged)
  • A Wi-Fi router (sometimes the given routers don’t offer the best internet connection)
  • A laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Quarters for coin-operated washing machines and dryers


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We hope our checklist has helped you better plan for what college life will bring. If you’re still looking for apartments in the Bloomsburg area, contact our property manager to schedule a tour! We offer cozy living quarters that are close to campus and pet-friendly! Plus, you’ll have the nicest property manager in Bloomsburg looking out for you.