26 August 2022

The definitive off-to-college checklist!

Off-to-college checklist! Jake: Puffer vest | Plaid shirt | Susie: Puffer coat | Jack: Puffer vest

The definitive off-to-college checklist!

We’ve always talked about college in our house … I suppose growing up with a professor father, it just came naturally! I remember when Emily and Jack were 3 and 5, and little Jack looked up and said, “Em, are we going to college? And (kind of annoyed 😂) she replied “Yes Jack, were going to college!”

Well, time flies! Jack just graduated two weeks ago and moved everything back home. He’ll be passing on a few favorites to Jake, like a plant or two, but we still have a few things left on our checklist before Jake heads off to college!

Sooo … we’ve been shopping! And, since we’re checking off the last few essentials, I thought I’d share our definitive off-to-college checklist. We have found almost everything we need — and I mean everything — at Walmart. Walmart has cool, trending items for your dorm room or apartment at very affordable prices, which really helps when your student is on a budget. Whether you’re furnishing your upperclassman apartment or stocking up for your dorm room, keep reading to see all the brand new items that will make the space feel just like home!


College Apartment Essentials

Moving into a college apartment, usually as a Junior or a Senior, is so exciting! It is more costly to make this transition — for example, it’s probably the first time your students will be cooking at home, so now they need to buy some kitchen items. They could be contributing to the décor of the communal spaces, so they might be considering a TV or furniture. And, they might get their own room, and it’s fun for them to decorate the space exactly how they want 😌 All this can add up, but it’s all available at Walmart at really great prices. The style boards below show you some stylish options for the college apartment!

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This single-serve coffee maker is perfect for small spaces

Everyone needs a table and chair set – this one is so well-priced & functional

This 62-pice dinnerware set has absolutely everything needed for apartment dining


College apartment checklist for him

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Furnishing an apartment can be expensive, but this couch & bed, both under $200 are both stylish and functional

This Air Fryer is a great way for college students to make healthy meals – quick and no mess!

While I doubt they will be vacuuming a lot during college – this Black + Decker Dustbuster is perfect for a quick pick up


College Dorm Room Essentials

When your student is heading off to college and trying to furnish a dorm room, it can be challenging to fit everything they need into a limited space! Walmart has many helpful options for tackling this problem, from storage bins to canisters to hanging organizers. Of course, they also have all the essentials, like bedding and lamps and decorative items. The style boards below will give you some ideas on how to create your student’s dream dorm room. This is easy with Walmart’s low prices on the latest styles and trends!

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These over the door shoe racks are a great way to utilize the limited dorm room closet space

Multi color strip lights are an inexpensive way to make a dorm room cozy & fun

shower caddy is essential for the trek down the hall to the dorm bathrooms


Dorm room checklist for him

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This double chair is perfect for entertaining friends in your dorm room, then can be easily folded down to store under your bed

A mini fridge is nice to have – a great place to store drinks and snacks for when the dining hall is closed

These wireless headphones are a great way to enjoy music or listen to lectures without disturbing your roommate


Other Essentials checklist

Bathroom essentials

Bedding essentials

School supplies/tech


Thank you for reading! xx