College Apartment Necessities

essentials for college apartments

Moving out to attend college is an exciting time. No doubt there is a lot to do to make the transition from your parents’ home to a place of your own. Start with the essentials and go from there. Here are a few must-haves for the first college apartment of your own:


Unless you plan on eating every meal out you’ll need the basics, like plates, bowls, glasses and silverware. You’ll also need a set of pots and pans and basic cookware. If you have a roommate, he or she might be willing to split the cost with you, since these are communal items.


A college apartment may not need much in means of furniture but make sure you have a bed, sofa, and dining table to entertain family and friends. Look at garage sales or craigslist for a great deal!


You’re moving out, so it’s time to start fresh with new linens. You’ll want to make sure you have the right size of bedding and pillows for your bed. You’ll need a few towels and washcloths. Don’t forget bath rugs, too.


Everything you use to get around in the morning are must haves on your college apartment checklist. Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hand soap, body wash, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, hair brushes and creams, deodorant, and anything else you use to start the day.

Paper goods

You can never have enough paper towels or toilet paper. Buy in bulk to cut costs.

Cleaning supplies

It can be difficult to focus when your place is dirty or cluttered. Make sure to pick up basic cleaning products to keep your space looking shiny and new.


You need to fuel your body and brain to study. Opt for healthy items like yogurt, string cheese and fruit. Water and other low-calorie drinks are good, too.


A laptop and printer are essentials. That way you can work off campus.
Laundry essentials: You’ll need a basket, detergent, and fabric softener. Be sure to take advantage of our on-site laundry facility!

Miscellaneous items

Personalize your room with posters, art, bulletin board, lamps, etc. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine. This is your own place now, after all!

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Don’t worry if you forget an item. Poplar Ridge Apartments is not far from Meijer, Walmart, and other stores, in case you need to make a late-night run.

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