Heading off to college as a freshman is probably the first time young adults are experiencing living away from home. Knowing what to expect and having a good plan will prevent last minute running around and unexpected expenses. Keep these 10 items in mind as you prepare to live on campus.
Computer – a laptop computer with the required software, a surge protector and a cord to connect to the campus LAN are must haves.. A personal printer is an additional plus.
Scientific calculator – at some point in a four year college program a scientific calculator will be required.
Phone – either a cell phone or a land line phone is necessary to stay in contact with family members.
Appliances – a small refrigerator, coffer maker, microwave, lamp and TV will make campus life easier. Check with your college to make sure they are permitted in the dorm. You can also buddy up with your roommates on these items.
Toiletries – soap, toothpaste, band aids etc. are needed. All those personal hygiene items taken for granted at home are required on campus.
Laundry supplies – detergent, stain remover, softener, laundry bin and a small iron will be needed.
Linens – sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, towels and a comforter are all needed in the campus dorm.
Alarm clock – the independent college student needs an alarm clock to make sure no classes are missed. An electronic or traditional calendar is required to note important events. A phone/address book either electronic or hard copy is also a good idea.
Clothing – pack enough clothing that is weather appropriate for the location. Don’t over pack; college dorms have limited storage space.
Office supplies – it is school, the student needs pens, pads, paper clips, stapler, hole puncher etc.
It is important to check with the college to understand what facilities are available in the student residences. Many have a community kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave and a stove. Some laundry rooms have ironing boards. You can bring the above items with you or shop for them in the community where the college is located. The student will need most of these items immediately and if they are not planned for you will face many unexpected expenses. The goal is to have the student focus and excel in their course of study. The good news is once past the freshman year this becomes routine.