Dorm Room Etiquette

Posted on: 09.02.2015 in interact > College
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So you got into the college of your choice, you’ve figured out how to pay for it and you’re even thinking about starting to pack, but what are you planning on bringing? Well, don’t worry, we’ll help you get ready for dorm room life with all its quirks and tight spaces.

Before you start packing, check out our packing guide. And find out if you’re ready for life in tight dorm-room quarters with our etiquette quiz. This page just might make your college experience a little more enjoyable.

Dorm Room Etiquette

Know what to do and how to behave in such close quarters.

Get the Logistics

Get the Logistics

In your welcome pack for school with information about your dorm room, find out what size your room is, how many roommates you'll have and what type of bed you'll be sleeping on. Many college dorm room beds are extra long and require extra long sheets.

Knowing whether you have a dresser, closet and or wardrobe will be helpful in choosing storage items like plastic bins for under your bed, or portable shelves to hang inside your future closet.

Also, check the weather for the area where you'll be living. What are the temperatures during the different seasons? Think about what type of clothes your should bring in relation to the climate. You should consider the types of activities you'll be doing too. Do you need anything formal? Some work out clothes? Think about all the possibilities.

Pack the Necessities

Pack the Necessities

Before you pack your favorite posters and a bunch of items to decorate your room, pack the things you absolutely need first. Here's a list to get you started:

The Necessities

  • Vital Information -- Bring personal IDs, a contact sheet of family and friends, medication information for doctors and your health insurance card.
  • Clothes -- Pack enough for different types of occasions, activities and weather.
  • Toiletries -- You know what you use everyday -- pack it! Don't forget towels and washcloths.
  • Shower Caddy -- Find something that can go in and out of the shower with you to hold you shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.
  • Shower Sandals -- Protect your feet from foot fungus and wear flip-flops in the shower.
  • Robe -- You might not have a bathroom in your room, so bring a robe to wear to and from the bathroom after showering. You might not feel comfortable in just a towel.
  • Slippers -- You probably won't want to put your shoes on every time you walk out into your hallway.
  • First Aid Kit -- For those scrapes and bruises you might get rushing to class!
  • Sewing Kit -- Just in case your favorite top loses a button.
  • Hangers -- Schools typically do not supply hangers, so you'll need to bring some to hang your clothes.
  • Set of Eating Utensils -- Bring a cup, bowl, plate, fork, knife and spoon. You might get sick of dorm cafeteria food, so you should bring the right stuff to eat in your room.
  • Bedding -- Bring a comforter, extra long sheets, a pillow, pillowcase and any other items you need for your bed.
  • Laundry Basket, Hamper or Bag
  • Computer -- Bringing a computer will help you study more and keep all of your work in one place. If you have a lap top, bring a lock.
  • Power Strip with Surge Protector -- If you're bringing a computer, you need to protect your electronics. And don't forget chargers for all your other electronic gear.

Extras

Extras

You're going to want your dorm room to feel like your new home. If you have room, bring some items to make you feel a comfortable in your new space, but keep in mind you are sharing it. Here are some ideas to brighten your new mini-abode:

  • Photos and Posters
  • Fridge and Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • Message Board for Your Door
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan
  • Desk Lamp
  • Laundry and Cleaning Products
  • Flashlight
  • TV and/or DVD Player

A Detailed Check List By Careers and Colleges

A Detailed Check List By Careers and Colleges

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • Planner, notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters
  • Post-its, index cards
  • Stapler, staples, tape, scissors
  • Erasable message board and dry erase marker
  • Bulletin board, push pins
  • Envelopes, stamps
  • Computer paper

ELECTRONICS
  • Alarm clock
  • Laptop or desktop computer, printer, mousepad
  • Desk lamp
  • CD or MP3 player, headphones, CDs
  • Small TV
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Fridge, microwave (if not provided)
  • Extension cords and power strip
  • Small fan
  • Camera and/or video camera
  • Batteries

PERSONAL SUPPLIES
  • Plastic shower caddy
  • Hairbrush, comb
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap
  • Lotions, creams, deodorant
  • Razor, nail clippers, and tweezers
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash
  • Tissues

LINENS
  • Mattress pad
  • Two sets of sheets
  • Blanket, comforter
  • Pillow
  • Towels, washcloths

CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES
  • Bathrobe
  • Flip-flops or shower shoes
  • Lots of jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers
  • Hanger
  • Hanging shoe bag or shoe rack
  • Laundry basket, laundry supplies

VITAL INFORMATION
  • Contact info for family and friends
  • Contact info for doctors, employers, service providers, etc.
  • Health insurance card
  • All forms of personal ID

MISCELLANEOUS
  • Dishes, silverware, food storage containers
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies (mini-vacuum, air freshener, etc.)
  • Adhesive mounting products such as removable double-sided tape
  • Snack foods
  • First-aid items
  • Simple tool kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Flashlight
  • Extra light bulbs
  • Photos and posters

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