Top 9 Items To Bring To College

By Sarah Hoffbeck

With summer speeding to an end, and fall just around the corner, it’s almost that time…time to send your son or daughter to college. Maybe you’re a super-organized, write everything down, lets make a list three months in advance type of person, or perhaps your crazed summer schedule hasn’t left you much time to prepare, and it was the Target ad that finally jogged your memory about school starting.

Whatever the case may be…don’t sweat it.

A chat with the wonderful ladies of NDSCS’s Residential Life Office resulted in the following list of necessities every college student shouldn’t leave home without.

  1. Linens: Stock up on a mattress pad and sheets (think extra long for Robertson Hall and the Honors Floor), blankets, comforters or quilts. Don’t forget the pillows!
  2. Towels: Bring several sets of towels in an assortment of sizes. Chances are your student probably won’t be doing laundry too often.
  3. Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream… Don’t forget  a toothbrush/toothpaste.
  4. Quarters: Every residence hall has coin-operated laundry machines for when your son or daughter doesn’t actually bring their laundry home for you to do. Imagine that…
  5. Fan: Bring a small fan. Not only will it help with airflow, it also will come in handy for blocking out noise.
  6. Microwave: When time is short  and appetites are high, this little machine can work wonders. A microwave with 800 watts or less is acceptable in all dorm rooms and a serious necessity.
  7. Computer: All residence halls have wireless Internet access for students who bring computers. Or laptops. Or tablets. Or whatever other gadget your student is into these days.
  8. Refrigerator: A great appliance to keep water and pop cool. Plus, a way to keep leftovers fresh for when you visit and treat them to a meal not consisting of Ramen noodles. Bring one that’s no larger than 4 cubic feet.
  9. Pictures/Picture Frame: While this item isn’t on the official list, what better way for your son or daughter to remember you and their home by then with a family photo. It will almost be like you’re right there with them. Almost.

For fun ideas on decorating a dorm room, check out Target’s Design Your Dorm with uStyler at This interactive sight lets you click to customize and even share your designs.

Wal-Mart also has a great dorm shop called spark Studio where you can follow and pin your decorated dorm room on Pinterest. Check it out here:

NDSCS Female Dorm Room
“Pretty in Pink” NDSCS Female Dorm Room
NDSCS Guys Dorm Room
NDSCS Male Dorm Room

Well, there you have it. The top 9 items to bring to college. NDSCS classes start Monday, August 20th, so you still have time. On your marks, get set, shop!