Everything I Actually Used in my College Apartment


One of my most popular posts from The Collegiate’s Guide happens to be my Extensive Dorm Packing List for College Freshman. I’m glad that it’s been helpful for so many people as they head off for their first year of college. 

After my freshman year, I moved out to an off-campus duplex. Not exactly an apartment, but a similar concept. Those three years in the duplex with my three roommates were some of the best years of my life so far, and I like to think that part of it was the way we set up our place.

Our duplex was unfurnished, but fortunately, my roommates were thrifty and I had a bunch of furniture that I inherited from family (basically, we’re hoarders for those “just in case” moments). Many people don’t realize the amount of stuff that goes into finding an apartment and ensuring that you have everything you need in order to maintain it, furnished or unfurnished. But it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what all you need. So after many requests, I have created a complete college apartment packing guide for my upperclassmen friends in need. This list includes furniture.

This list is designed to provide guidance as you shop for your apartment. If you’re living by yourself, lucky you! You have free reign with the design. If you have roommates, be sure to consult them on the color scheme and to share the load in furnishing the place. They might already have some things on the list, so you don’t have to buy them!

Living Room





  • Broom/Dust pan
  • Swiffer
  • Disinfectant spray - Again, a great natural line!
  • Vacuum - Check craigslist or another site where you can purchase a used one. They’re EXPENSIVE.
  • Under the bed storage - I use these bins to store seasonal items and my blogging equipment

This list doesn’t include decorative items or specifics, but this is a great starter list for those of you who don’t know where to start!

I hope this is helpful for those of you who are moving into your new apartment!