Must-Know Tips for Moving Into Your First Dorm

Must-Know Tips for Moving Into Your First Dorm
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    Since the dawn of higher education, starting college has been a huge milestone for students.

    Preparing to learn the skills necessary for future careers is a vital aspect of this transition, of course.


But just as often, it’s what happens outside of the classroom that marks this change for students. This is especially true for those living in dorms.

But as exciting as moving to campus can be, it can be intimidating as well. Check out these must-know tips for moving into your first dorm to help ease the stress.

Know What To Bring

Even though you’ll be living more or less on your own, you won’t actually be “moving out” in most cases. You’ll still visit your home now and then. So, you don’t need to stress about packing your entire life into your car.

But there are some things you’ll want to make sure your dorm will have, which we list below:

  • A microwave
  • A TV
  • A Fridge
  • Toiletries
  • A Laptop
  • Clothes
  • Laundry supplies
  • Dish soap and a few dishes 
  • Cleaners
  • A Vacuum and a broom
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • An Umbrella
  • Bedding

Dorm beds have a reputation for being hard, so don’t skimp on bedding. Along with the standard sheets and comforter, spend a little extra time choosing the perfect pillow and mattress pad.


Instead of packing every single item of clothing that you own, try limiting yourself to the clothes you need for the season. Then, take a trip home as the weather changes to swap clothes. That way, you’ll cut back on closet clutter.

Figure Out Logistics

Another must-know tip for moving into your first dorm is to figure out logistics. Every dorm has its own set of rules and resources that are available to you as a student.

Getting information on those things right at the beginning will help you get the most out of your dorm experience and avoid awkward situations. Make sure you find out:

  • When the cafeteria or student lounges are open
  • The dorm-designated quiet hours
  • The rules about overnight guests
  • The policy about students of the opposite sex
  • The hours for public computers and workout rooms

Additionally, you’ll want to get your RA’s contact information and make sure that you’ve introduced yourself. They will be one of your best resources for all things in your college life.

Set Roommate Boundaries

Your college may choose your first roommate for you at random. Because of that, your roommate can become your best friend, or they may make your college experience challenging.

Whichever side of the spectrum they fall, it’s a good idea to set up boundaries from day one to keep everyone happy. For example, you may want to discuss these topics:

  • Whether to divvy up the cost of big-money items like a microwave, fridge, or TV
  • What in the room is shared (Fridges, microwaves) and what is private (your desk)
  • How cleaning up after yourself will look
  • When you want lights out
  • What etiquette to follow for borrowing items
  • What your opinion on overnight guests is
  • What communication looks like

It’s also a good idea for your roommates to know any health issues you have, such as allergies or a need for medications. Even if you don’t have specific health-related needs, you may want to give each other your family’s contact information in case of emergency.

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