Ultimate School Packing List for University & College Students

Ultimate School Packing List for University & College Students

Moving away to school for the first time is such an exciting time! You’re going to have so many new experiences and meet so many new people. It can be a little overwhelming, especially if you haven’t even thought about what to start packing yet! If you’re looking for an ultimate school packing list for university/college students, then I’ve got you covered.


This list is ideally for students who are opting to live in a dorm, but even if you’re living off-residence, this packing list is sure to help you out. It’s easy to forget the little things when you have so much to think about! And even if you’re not a freshman, this list can help any student planning a trip back to school. It’s not just new students who need help getting organized!


I find that dividing lists into sections helps make packing feel less overwhelming. Additionally, you’re more likely to remember what items to bring when you’re focusing on one room at a time (e.g. bathroom items, bedroom items, etc.) That’s how I organized this school packing list for you today!


Bedroom + Everyday Items

Image showing items that are bedroom essentials in a school packing list

  • Bed Sheets (including fitted sheet and pillow cases) – 2 sets
  • Comforter
  • Throw blanket
  • Mattress topper
  • Over-the-door hooks or wall hooks
  • Wall mirror
  • Magnified table mirror
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry hamper
  • Extension cords
  • Ethernet cord
  • Power bar
  • Desk lamp
  • Tissue box
  • Small fan
  • Headphones
  • Alarm clock
  • Phone charger
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Storage baskets
  • Plastic set of drawers


Bathroom Items + Toiletries

Image showing items that are bathroom essentials in a school packing list

  • Shower caddy
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume/body spray
  • Lotion
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower flip flops
  • Shower cap
  • Loofah
  • Nail cippers
  • Tweezers
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover
  • Skincare (cleanser, toner, moisturizer)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Hair tools (e.g. hair brush, blow dryer, straightener, curler)
  • Hair products (hairspray, mousse, etc.)
  • Hand soap
  • Hand towels
  • Face cloth
  • Shower towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton pads/balls
  • Toilet paper
  • Bathroom mat
  • Allergy medicine
  • Prescription medications
  • Tylenol/Advil
  • Cold medicine/cough syrup
  • Pepto Bismol
  • First Aid kit (band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)


Clothing Items + Closet

Image showing items that are clothing essentials in a school packing list

  • Closet organizers
  • Shoe organizer
  • Closet hangers
  • Pyjamas
  • Bathrobe
  • Jeans
  • Leggings
  • Sweatpants
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Blouses
  • Tank tops
  • Sweaters
  • Zip-up and pull-over hoodies
  • Cardigans
  • Jacket/coat
  • Flats
  • Running shoes
  • Heels
  • Boots
  • Exercise clothes
  • Underwear/bras
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Belts
  • Jewelry


Desk Items + School Supplies

Image showing items that are classroom essentials in a school packing list

  • Backpack
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Anti-theft laptop lock
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Binders
  • Sticky notes
  • Tabs/dividers
  • Highlighters
  • Agenda/organizer
  • USB sticks
  • Printer with extra ink
  • Printer paper
  • Lined paper
  • Hole puncher
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • White out
  • Pencil case
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Dry erase board/ corkboard
  • Dry erase markers and eraser
  • Thumbtacks
  • Desk organizer
  • Large desk/wall calendar


Room Decor

  • String lights
  • Posters
  • Picture frames/memory frames
  • Rug
  • Succulents/fake plants
  • Decorative pillows



  • Cleaning supplies
    • All-purpose cleaner
    • Rags
    • Sponge
    • Toilet bowl cleaner
    • Disinfecting wipes
    • Paper towel
    • Trash bags
  • Batteries
  • Flash light
  • Sewing kit
  • Laundry detergent, softener, and dryer sheets
  • Duffel bag/overnight bag

Hopefully this extensive school packing list is helpful as you prepare for your move to university or college! Let me know in the comments what other items you’re packing for school, or if there was something on this list that you didn’t think of!


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