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Your College Apartment Checklist

Moving into your first college apartment is an exciting and daunting process. Uprooting and moving, no matter the distance, is a common experience college students face. With so many items to take, it can feel like a whirlwind of school supplies and home goods as students prepare for the next step in their education journey. Depending on your Allendale student housing, you may or may not need to furnish your new apartment, meaning transferring furniture along with the rest of your personal items could be required to make your apartment feel like home. To help make the college-packing experience easier, we’ve provided a handy list to reference as you get everything packed before joining us at 48 West.


The bedroom is your space. No one can tell you how to decorate, how to arrange furniture, or even how messy you’re allowed to have it. For unfurnished apartments, you’re going to need to bring your own bed, but for our furnished GVSU student apartments, all you’ll need are pillows, bedding, and blankets to get your sleeping spot set up. A dresser, desk, and bedside table are all great additions to an unfurnished bedroom, but don’t forget about décor — posters and tapestries add flare to the walls, and string lights make for an aesthetically pleasing ambience.

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A hamper and clothes hangers can keep your clothes off the floor and free of wrinkles, and storage bins can be used to hold all those loose items with no true home. Don’t forget curtains, as they can keep the sun out for those Saturday mornings when you need extra beauty sleep.

Bedroom Checklist

  • Bed
  • Pillows
  • Sheets
  • Comforter & blankets
  • Wall décor
  • Hangers
  • Storage bins
  • Dressers
  • Desk
  • Bedside table
  • Curtains
  • Hamper

Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is where you’ll cook, clean dishes, and store all your food. A table and chairs will be the first thing you’ll want when setting up an unfurnished dining room. After you have someplace to eat, you’ll want to have things to cook and eat with. It’s likely that your roommates will also be thinking about bringing silverware, so communicate with them first before overflowing your kitchen. Silverware, plates, cups (for drinking and measuring), pots and pans, and a trash can are all necessities to the home cooking experience. From there, consider items that will make your life more convenient, such as a microwave, toaster, and a coffee maker. Dish towels and a drying rack can save time and prevent messes in the long run.

Kitchen/Dining Room Checklist

  • Silverware
  • Plates
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Toaster oven
  • Cups
  • Dish towels
  • Drying rack
  • Pots & pans
  • Trash can
  • Coffee maker


If you’ve ever spent a semester in the dorms, you know the struggle associated with sharing a bathroom with a floor of strangers. Thankfully, in your GVSU off campus housing days of shower shoes and grimey bathrooms are a thing of the past. Towels, new shower curtains and liners, and a bath mat are essential for keeping water off the floors and can add flair to an all-white bathroom. A plunger, toilet brush, and other cleaning supplies are better to have before a bathroom emergency rather than after one. To keep your space organized and free of clutter, consider getting a small waste bin with a lid and baskets for your personal hygiene products. Most importantly you’ll want lots of toilet paper, as there’s never such a thing as too much TP.

Bathroom Checklist

  • Towels
  • Shower curtain & liner
  • Bath mat
  • Waste bin
  • Baskets
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Plunger/brush
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal hygiene items

Living Room

The living room is a place for hosting guests, a place for late-night movies with friends, and a place to sink into the couch after a long day of classes. If you’re getting a furnished apartment near GVSU, then we’ve got you covered with everything you need to make your living room a great place to socialize and hangout. If you’re going the unfurnished route, then take the time to understand your apartment’s floor plan before buying new furniture. Of course, a couch, coffee table, lamps, and a TV are all great places to start when furnishing a new apartment. From there, the choices are endless, and any sort of décor, such as potted plants or wall art, are up to you. This is your new living space, so experiment while it’s new and find the right look for your GVSU housing. 

Living Room Checklist

  • Couch
  • Coffee table
  • Lamps
  • Television
  • Wall decorations
  • Extra décor

The Leftover Essentials

After a long day of moving furniture and setting up your apartment, you’ll likely want to crash on the couch and turn on Netflix until falling into a post-move slumber. But it’s easy to forget the little things, so to save yourself a trip to Target, bring these extra items to help make your GVSU off campus apartment the perfect new home for you.

Leftover essentials Checklist

  • Trash bags
  • Medical supplies (bandaids, Anti-inflammatory (Advil), cold medicine, muscle pain relievers)
  • Pantry essentials (sugar, condiments, dry goods, etc.)
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Power strips
  • Broom & dustpan
  • Candles 
  • Spices
  • Toolkit