How Do I Prepare For a Dorm?


Congratulations! Whether you are attending a college or university in a new country or one close to home, the question, “How do I prepare for a dorm?” is an obvious one. Pack wisely, find out what the dorm includes, and bring the things that will make you feel happy and make your stay easy from day to day. 


A-Zip Moving & Cartage Inc wants to help you prepare for a dorm or residence with a thorough checklist, so we provide it here.

We have helped hundreds of students move to our highly-rated Fanshawe College and Western University in London, ON. And so, we ensure that our local-distance move rates encompass a large part of the province for first-time students.

Call us at (519) 659 662 or reach us online. Remember, London movers are very busy during student move-in time, so book as soon as possible.


Clothing for your dorm or residence experience:

Bring as much as possible without overdoing it.

  • The truth is some clothing will happily remind us of home.
  • You will have limited clothing storage in your new room, so choose wisely.
  • Bring some larger containers to stack on the floor for socks, shoes, pants, etc, in case space is limited.
  • For students from away, here in Ontario, we experience the full range of weather. That means you should definitely pack or pre-purchase weather-proof items and warm footwear.
  • An umbrella or at least a vinyl raincoat will be much appreciated on those morning walks to class.
  • A warm winter jacket, mitts, hat and scarf, will ease the stress of being cold and resorting to last-minute shopping in a city you may not know.
  • Comfortable shoes for lots of walking.
  • Pack those childhood items to relieve possible upsets and make you feel good about yourself.


Personal bathroom items:

You won’t be sharing some things, like your toiletry and bath items.

  • Containers labelled for your personal use to fit your smaller items. This will keep misunderstandings and accidents from taking place.
  • Shaving gear.
  • Soap.
  • Shampoo/conditioner.
  • Blowdryer and styling items.
  • Tissues.
  • Bandaids, 
  • Toothpaste, dental floss, and a few toothbrushes.
  • Personal care products including tweezers and nail clippers.


Personal items and electronic/tech items:

You’ll need most of these (or hope your roommate has extras)

  • A small speaker system.
  • HDMI cords for speaker hook-up. You may have wifi access too.
  • Your laptop.
  • Extension cord(s) that suit Canadian electrical systems.
  • Surge protector.
  • Cell phone.
  • Extra chargers.
  • A water bottle.
  • An extra set of glasses may save you A LOT of stress and upset if you lose or leave a pair somewhere.
  • A very good backpack. Those books (if they even exist anymore) will get heavy.
  • Wetwipes.


Household items you might want to share with your roommate:

It can be the best experience of your school days to have a roommate(s) that you connect with and share a meal with.

You may want to reach out to see if some of these things are stocked in the dorm room. However, if the school hasn’t done a recent inventory, it can’t hurt to take some of your own items in case some of the following no longer exist:


  • A television/TV. Surprisingly, once you’ve settled in, you might take a drive in more affluent areas and find a great tv waiting for you at the curb (people upgrade their tv sizes, well, a lot)
  • Carpets, rugs, or bathmats.
  • Coffee maker or French press (simple to use, doesn’t take up much space). Pack the glass carafe carefully.
  • Kettle to boil water.
  • Wall art.
  • Dish soap.
  • A couple of pots and pans. 
  • Plates and bowls.
  • Utensils and serving ware.
  • Can opener.
  • Paper towel.
  • Kitchen cloths.
  • Plastic containers for food. It can feel good (and healthy) to make some of your meals and save you money.
  • Cleaning products that can serve as double duty in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Garbage bags.
  • Blue cleaning cloths.
  • A bucket.
  • Lightbulbs.


Moving to a dorm or a residence is the biggest adventure you will have during this period of your life. You won’t go wrong with A-Zip Moving & Cartage; professional and affordable movers.



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