College dorm rooms are typically equipped with a bed frame, mattress, dresser or closet, a desk, chair and nightstand with additional storage. Several dormitories are equipped with a shared shower, bath and kitchen area for residents to use, and many are equipped with a mini-stove or microwave for students living in the dorm.
When packing items to move into a college dorm, students should gather only the necessities, since most dorm rooms are small and lack storage space. The necessities often include bedding, rugs, waste baskets, an alarm clock, fan and computer equipment. Since most bathrooms are shared, students in dorms should also bring toiletries, such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, razors, deodorant, combs and brushes, towels, shower shoes and a shower caddy to transport these items. Supplies to wash and dry laundry are also a necessity, such as laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, change for laundry machines and a hamper. A season's worth of clothing should also accompany a student moving into a dorm. Under-the-bed storage bins and hangers can help organize the small space efficiently. If a student desires or has room in the dorm, a television, mini-fridge and microwave may make life easier and more homey while living in a dorm.