College 101: Your Basic Checklist of Move-In Must Haves

When it comes to college living, dorm rooms are a dime-a-dozen. But getting your new student set up in their new living space can be a uniquely stressful event. The to-do list is long, emotions are high, and you want to be sure everything is just right. No matter how much time you have to prepare, it’s common to show up for move-in day missing a few needed items.

The good news is, moving your student to school doesn’t have to be a struggle. As part of your family’s tribe in Tuscaloosa, WestGate is here to help you master move-in day with a comprehensive list of must-haves for your kid’s new college abode.


1. Bedding:

  • Mattress Pad
  • Sheet set and comforter (most dorm beds are XL twin size)
  • Pillows
  • Throw Blanket

2. Bathroom Supplies:

  • Towels (2-3 each of bath, hand, and face)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Hand soap and sanitizer
  • Face wash, moisturizers, and other skincare products
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • A shower caddy
  • Shower sandals

3. Other Personal items:

  • Prescription medications (and a plan for refilling them)
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • A basic first-aid kit
  • Cosmetics/Hair products

4. Laundry Essentials:

  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Laundry basket, hamper, or bag
  • Clothes hangers
  • Stain stick and lint brush

5. Kitchen Supplies:

  • A mini fridge and microwave (if the dorm doesn’t provide them)
  • Utensils
  • Plates and cups
  • Dish soap and sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Non-perishable snacks

6. Desk and Dorm Furniture:

  • Desk lamp
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan and/or space heater
  • Organizers for school supplies
  • Power strip/extension cord

7. Cleaning Supplies:

  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Wastebasket and garbage bags

8. Extras:

  • Wall art and other decor
  • Flashlight
  • Mini toolkit
  • Full-length mirror
  • Under bed storage bins
  • Command strips

While your student is getting settled into their new environment, retreat to a comfortable oasis at WestGate Condominiums. Our luxury condos are just steps from school campus and offer upscale furnishings and modern amenities to help you relax after a busy day of moving. With convenient on-site parking, an unmatched central location, and all the comforts of home, we can take the madness out of move-in day. Browse our available rentals and book your stay today.

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