Pack Your Bags, You’re Off to College!


You may have already begun coordinating with your roommate and bought twin XL sheets, but there are several items that may have slipped your mind. At Georgia State University we understand that preparing to move can be exciting and stressful at the same time, so we’ve prepared a list of our essential packing tips for your convenience.

Don’t Overestimate Your Space

Your residence hall room will have limited space and storage. So there’s no reason to bring everything and the kitchen sink, but here are some things every college student needs.

  • Bedding (blanket, pillow, twin XL comforter, sheets)
  • Chargers
  • Clothing (don’t forget a rain jacket and umbrella)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • First aid kit
  • Laundry bag/hamper & detergent
  • Toiletries
  • Towels

 Communicate with Your Roommate

Getting to know your roommate can be fun. Get the conversation started by discussing the space you will share in a few short weeks. Coordinate who wants to bring certain items (listed below) because there’s nothing worse than double the same items in less space.

  • TV
  • Kitchen items (dishes, utensils)
  • Lamps
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Trashcan
  • Rug
  • Microwave & mini refrigerator (depending on housing assignment; access the Community Living Guide for specific guidelines)

Make It Your Home

This may be your first time leaving your hometown, but a few items will make the separation more bearable. Bring framed pictures to decorate your room. Whether it’s a family portrait or a candid with friends, these will serve as daily reminders of your life at home and provide you with some much needed homesickness relief. Also the easiest conversation starters will be things you have in common with other students. So pack those cool concert T-shirts or any items from trips you’ve taken to break the ice!

Save It For Later

When considering limited storage you’ll want to leave certain items at home for now. Those winter coats and scarves can stay with your family until Thanksgiving break. This is also a great time to de-clutter your closet. Think about the items you wear often and what you haven’t touched since middle school. Then donate the unwanted ones to a local charity or community organization.

What If You Forget Something?

No need to panic. There are stores conveniently located by any college campus for you to pick up last minute items. Georgia State’s Atlanta campus is in walking distance from several convenience stores including a fully stocked Walgreens. Food and snacks are things that you may want to save car space for and pick up once you’ve arrived. You may also order items online and have them shipped to campus once you arrive – Georgia State has mailrooms that accept packages for all residents.

Do Your Research

Leave those candles, hot plates and pets at home! To be 100% sure what you bring coincides with your institutions housing guidelines, check out their website. University Housing has provided listings for prohibited items and the amenities they provide.

We look forward to having you on campus this fall and welcoming you to the Panther Family! For more details about Move-In Days this August, check out our housing website to learn about check-in and parking.


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