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The Off-To-College Planner

Ahhh, college – a young adult’s most exciting adventure and typically a parent’s biggest budget challenge. Whether your child is moving into a dorm room or a new apartment, they’ll need your support, knowledge and encouragement for this next stage of (compact) living.

College Study Desk
Dorm supplies


College Dorm Shopping List

Start by picturing the dorm room itself. Most likely this space holds a twin XL bed (mattress, no pillow), a closet and a desk. Use this shopping list to shop for everything they’ll need for dorm room living.

Food in mini fridge


Mini Fridge Organization Hacks

Space is at a premium in the dorms – especially in the mighty dorm room staple, the mini fridge. Show off your Tetris skills with these tips to pack it all in.

Dorm Room Upgrade Ideas

Bedroom Rug

Warm Up The Space With An Area Rug

College dorm room with blue bedding and laptop

All About Bedding & Bath Materials

Set Up Their Desk & Study Space

Peel and Stick Colorful Backsplash

Install Removable wallpaper

Modern neutral bedroom

PLAN AHEAD: Redecorate Your Empty Nest

After they’ve gone to college, it’s time for you to discover the exciting decorating opportunities to transform your newly vacant space.

Vanity and shelf with iDesign organizational products

Small Space Decor Tips On A Budget

A new place calls for new decor. Help them decorate their new apartment with these small space decor tips so they can study, live, and socialize in style.

Kitchen Utensils for Beginners

Get them started in their dorm kitchen with this list of 22 basic cooking tools utensils for beginners to cook just about anything in any size kitchen.

Shop Dorm-Ready Essentials

Dorm essentials at Zulily

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