It is time for you to move out of the dorm and into your very first college apartment. This is a very exciting time, as it means one bathroom, a full kitchen and common area/living room for you and a couple of roommates. If your apartment is located on campus, most likely it will come fully furnished – beds, dressers, desks, closets, couches and chairs. The rest of the apartment is up to you in terms of decorating and proper cooking essentials. However, you don’t need to get overwhelmed. Read on for tips on some of the essential items for your first college apartment.
If you have already been living in the dorm, then the items that you need for your apartment bedroom shouldn’t be much different. Keep in mind the size of your bed. Often times, when upgrading from the dorm to an apartment, the size of the bed upgrades as well, from a twin to a full size mattress (usually they will still be extra-long). This means you will need to get full bedding sheets and possibly a new comforter and mattress pad. Otherwise, you can display your same old posters and photographs. Bring your clothes drying rack, room organizers, full-length mirror, alarm clock, etc.
The bathroom situation is one of the best parts about moving from the dorm room to an apartment. You won’t need to cart your toiletries from your room to the bathroom – you can simply keep them in your bathroom now! However, you will desire to keep these items organized, since you are most likely sharing the bathroom with one or two other people. For the shower, you will want to invest in a caddy that can hold multiple bottles of shampoo, body wash, with extra hooks for body sponges, washcloths, and razors. You may also want to invest in bath mats for the shower, to prevent slipping. In addition to your own personal bath towels, you will need hand towels as well. Don’t forget hand soap!
The best part about moving into your first college apartment is having access to your very own kitchen. This is where you and your fellow apartment dwellers may want to go shopping together to invest in some essential cooking items. Start with the basics here – you will need a couple of covered saucepans and an omelet pan. You will also need proper cutlery, which includes a chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a slicing knife. Don’t forget oven mitts and potholders. If you plan to do some baking, you will need measuring cups, measuring spoons, and mixing bowls. Other basic items include bowels and plates for eating with, storage containers for your leftovers, ice cube trays, dish soap and sponges.
- Living Room/Common Area
While most college apartments come equipped with couches and perhaps a coffee table, you may want to spruce up the place or accommodate guests with some additional seating or an extra comfortable armchair. You also may need to bring your own TV stand and TV. Table lamps or standing lamps will be a nice addition to your living room, as well as any extra decorative items. This includes tapestries, posters, photographs, area rugs, and decorative throw pillows for the couch.