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Moving from a dorm room to an apartment is a huge change, but can also be an exciting experience. Living in an apartment will make you feel independent and free from the hectic campus scene. However, you definitely need to buy more than you had to while living in the dorm rooms. Everyone has a different situation, but here are some apartment essentials to buy when moving into your first apartment.


While you probably already have a lot of things for your bedroom from your dorm room, there are a few things that will change in your room. You’ll want to buy some new items to make the most of your new space!

  1. New bedding

You most likely won’t have a twin size bed anymore once you’re out of the dorms, so your sheets and comforter won’t fit. It would not be a bad idea to splurge on a nice comforter and set of sheets that you can use for years down the road.

  1. Nightstand

If you’re lucky, your apartment will come with one. If not, you might want to buy one, even if it’s just a small folding table. A nightstand is a great place to keep your phone, alarm clock, books and water bottles!

  1. Decorations

Having some home décor will make your apartment feel cozy and welcoming. No need to splurge, either! You can find great pieces at thrift stores or HomeGoods at reasonable prices.

  1. Closet organization

Your closet will probably be smaller than you think it will be. Make the most of this space by grabbing some storage bins or shelves.



Getting out of the dorms means that you no longer have to share a bathroom with your entire floor. While this is convenient, it also requires some new and important essentials.

  1. Shower curtain, liner, and rings

You never had to worry about these in the dorms, but they are imperative once you’re living in an apartment.

  1. Makeup organization

You may have some of this from your dorm, but you’ll probably have some more space for it in your apartment, so take advantage of that!

  1. Toilet brush and plunger

Although you can probably call your building’s maintenance if something goes wrong with your toilet, it will probably cost money. So make sure you have a plunger to fix it yourself.


Usually, you won’t get a full meal plan when you move off campus, so you’ll want items to help you make your own food.

  1. Pots and pans

  1. Knife set

  1. Pot holders

  1. Measuring cups and spoons

  1. Baking sheets

  1. Mixing bowls

  1. Utensils

  1. Blender, coffee maker, tea kettle

  1. Toaster

  1. Water pitcher

  1. Dish rack, dish liquid, dish towels

  1. Trash can

While not all of these are essentials, I have found that these are the items I use the most in my own apartment! Splurging on kitchen tools will be helpful in the long run. If you’re on a budget, though, you can pick these up rather inexpensively online or at places like Walmart and HomeGoods.



Once you live on your own, you’ll be preparing your own food and possibly hosting guests. It is crucial to have the following items in your new dining room

  1. Dining set

  1. Flatware set

  1. Paper goods

  1. Placemats, coasters, tablecloth


Living Room

Your living room will most likely be the focal point of your apartment. Spicing this room up can improve the overall aesthetic of your space and provide you with a great place to relax and unwind.

  1. Decorative pillows

Decorative pillows can transform your apartment. They can truly make the most bland space look adorable and expensive. Don’t be afraid to mix up patterns and textures to make your living room cozy and cute.

  1. Area rug

If you have a hardwood floor, this is almost a necessity. If not, it will still be nice to have as a decoration.

  1. Posters, wall art, pictures

These will definitely make your apartment feel more homey. You can even hang some pictures of family and friends to comfort you as you live on your own for the first time.

  1. Futon

Even if your apartment comes furnished, a futon can be a nice addition for some extra seating and if you have a friend or family member stay the night.



  1. Hamper and laundry basket

  1. Laundry detergent

  1. Dryer sheets

While you’ve probably utilized all of these in your dorm or even at home, these are small necessities that you might forget in the grand scheme of things.

Moving into an apartment is always exciting. You can customize your space to your liking and understand true independence. By making sure you have these essentials, your move should be smooth and you’ll be set up for success as you finally get to live on your own.

Jessica M
FFL Contributor
Jessica is a student at Shippensburg University pursuing a bachelor’s in Public Relations. She is a lover of all things pink & sparkly, going to church every Sunday morning, puppies & pigs, and Netflix binges. She is fiercely patriotic and hopes to have another president like Ronald Reagan. She has a southern state of mind and plans on moving to the South someday!

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