Preparing to start college is an exciting, and sometimes overwhelming, time. And of course the big questions is: What should I bring? Whether you graduated from high school in May and will be living away from home for the first time, or starting college in your 20s, 30s, 40s or later, this general check list of college essentials is a great starting point for answering that important question. 

    Remember: This is a suggested list. You may need different or additional items depending on your program of studyr and living arrangements. 

Academic Needs (essential):

  • Dictionary
  • Notebooks
  • Binders
  • Book bag or backpack
  • Office supplies (pens, highlighters, stapler, etc.)
  • Kirkwood Student Handbook

Academic Needs (optional):

  • Post-it® Notes
  • Thesaurus
  • Calculator (type varies depending on classes and program of study)
  • Computer (laptop, notebook or desktop)
  • Electronic organizer

Home-Away-From-Home Needs (essential):

  • Towels (two sets)
  • Sheets (two sets), bedding and bed pillow
  • Cell phone or standard telephone for apartment
  • Alarm clock
  • Desk lamp
  • Personal care items (soap, shampoo, razor, etc.)

Home-Away-From-Home Needs (unfurnished apartment/room):

  • Bedroom needs (bed, mattress set, night stand, dresser, etc.)
  • Living room needs (sofa, chair, table, lamp, etc.)*
  • Entertainment needs (TV, stereo, etc.)*
  • Kitchen needs (dishes, glasses, cutlery, food storage containers, pots and pans, etc.)*
  • Cleaning needs (vacuum cleaner, cleaning supplies, cloths, wastebasket, etc.)*

* Students sharing accommodations should check with their roommates before bringing these items to avoid duplication (and extra expense).