1. Storage Bins
You’ll need some way of transporting all your belongings to your new apartment. Your best option is storage bins because you can continue using them after you move in to keep things like spare bedding, towels, and out-of-season clothing. If you bring cardboard boxes, you’ll either need to throw them out or find somewhere to keep them until you move out.
To save money, you may like to use the bedding you already have or you may prefer to treat yourself to some new sheets. In either case, don’t forget to ask what size your new bed will be.
Although you may like to purchase a few new items of clothing for university, most of the clothes you already have should be suitable — students tend to dress quite casually. In addition, make sure you have at least one formal outfit to use for campus job fairs, networking events, and job interviews. Finally, bring some workout clothes to be able to use the gym.
Don’t forget to bring hangers for your clothing. In fact, it makes sense to pack your clothes on hangers, as this will mean you can just transfer everything straight to your closet. The easiest way to transport clothes is to cover them in a large garbage bag with the hooks pushed through the top.
Stock up on your favourite personal care items. Run through your morning and evening routines in your head to make sure you don’t forget anything.
6. School Supplies
The supplies you need for your classes at university may differ slightly from what you used at high school. For instance, your backpack will need to be large enough to fit your laptop, charger, notebooks, stationery, and textbooks. You may also like to have sticky notes or index cards to help you with learning key concepts.
7. Decorations for Your Apartment
Think about how you can make your apartment feel like home. You may like to purchase posters for your walls, print out photos of your friends, family, and pets, or hang fairy lights. To make your bedroom and living room more comfortable, you may also like to purchase an area rug and some throw pillows.
8. Electronic Devices
The most expensive item on your shopping list will likely be a new laptop, unless the one you currently have is sufficient for university. Other electronics you may need to purchase may include spare chargers, a power strip, and a bluetooth speaker.
You won’t need to add any furniture to your shopping list if you live at Regent — our St Catharines student housing is fully furnished. All the bedrooms come with a double bed, closet, and desk, the living room has a smart TV and coffee table, and the kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including a stackable washer/dryer. Book a tour to check out the apartments for yourself before you sign a lease.