What Not to Bring to College | 08.22.11

Posted in College Life By Student Loan Network Staff

Students moving into college

This time of year, students are bombarded by back-to-school advertising offering dorm room essentials and must haves. While much of this can be beneficial, and in some cases necessary for college living, there are also a lot of superfluous items that students wish they had not brought to school.

Take, for example, my roller blades, which instead of getting me to and from class, remained in the trunk of my car for 3 semesters. These are just space-wasters, and as any returning college student can tell you, space is essential! So we’re asking all of you experienced students out there:

What should students avoid bringing to college?


Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling…

  • Sports equipment (for sports you don’t currently play)- Students go into college with the goal of joining all sorts of new clubs and teams. This is great, just be realistic. Don’t bring your tennis racket that you haven’t touched in 5 years “just in case” you’ll want it.
  • Tons of extra supplies- You’re not going to college in the arctic, you will be able to buy extra supplies at school should you need them.
  • Too many shoes- This is mostly directed at you, girls. There is such a thing as too many shoes (or so I am told). Only bring the essentials: a couple of pairs of sneakers, flats, heels, and rain/snow boots. College is no place for those shoes you wear once a year.

Leave us a comment and let us know what to leave behind on move-in day!


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21 Responses to “What Not to Bring to College”

  1. Trinity says on August 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm:

    dont bring your Mom, pets, expensive electronics like a flat screen television !!!! but make sure your comfy bring something thats valuable to you but not worth too much.also save closet space that you never know yo may need.

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  2. ashley says on August 29, 2011 at 11:10 am:

    I havent had the opportunity to stay in a dorm room but with a lot of moving around I have done lately i would say leave any extra reading books movies and cds at home if you can, along with all those extra clothes you havent worn in a long time that you like and you think you may wear, save closet space and only take what you need, you can always buy more when you are there =)

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  3. Jessica says on August 29, 2011 at 10:33 am:

    leave kitchen items that are against the rules at home. also leave your pets at home.

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  4. Arlena says on August 29, 2011 at 7:26 am:

    I brought to many clothes most of which i could luckily store under my bed. Only bring what you know your gonna wear not what you think. Also books that I never got aroun to reading.

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  5. Jade says on August 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm:

    all the clothes and shoes that you own

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  6. sherrell says on August 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm:

    do not bring games either. They take up space and are a distraction from doing school work..

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  7. Michael says on August 27, 2011 at 3:06 am:

    Definitely only get what you need at the time you need it, you don’t need everything for every semester at one time, you can always restock, that’s what I learned

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  8. Jasmine Adams says on August 27, 2011 at 12:14 am:

    Don’t bring a flat screen tv if your staying in a dorm with someone it might get stolen and dont bring a bad attitude.

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  9. Kelly says on August 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm:

    A storage ottoman: yes, they seem like a great idea in the store, but no one ever uses them! The only time I saw one used for storage was for hiding stolen stuff (joke stealing, not real stealing). They usually were used for chairs, but let’s be real, there are much nicer and comfortable chairs out there than a tiny storage ottoman…

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  10. Kuei-Ti Lu says on August 26, 2011 at 8:34 am:

    Decorations that have considerable volume are included. They are not useful and may be left in the corner throughout the year.

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  11. Stephanie says on August 25, 2011 at 11:45 am:

    If you use it less than twice a month, chances are you don’t need it. I had three musical instruments, all of which I regularly played, but I didn’t have room for them thanks to all the “just in case” high school calculus notes, resource books, etc. Also, if you have a desktop computer and want to bring it, make sure it’s in the smallest case possible. Mine is roughly eight inches wide, three feet deep, and three feet tall. It’s huge. I barely had room for it under my bed. Look at shuttle cases; they’re compact and hold more components than you think they do.

    Also, don’t bring more than two week’s worth of clothing. You really won’t wear all of it.

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  12. casey says on August 25, 2011 at 11:08 am:

    too many clothes and shoes and purses. Leave the fancy dress up clothes at home a long with the high heals. I never needed any of it. Besides mom can always send you a special outfit if you find a need for it.

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  13. Alven says on August 25, 2011 at 9:51 am:

    Dont bring things that you are not or will not bring back home with you like bad habits, rude and immature things. somethings else not to bring is an empty mind or a mind that doesnt want to learn.

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  14. Sare says on August 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm:

    OMG this is the most true facts ever another one is your parents they will want to rearrange your room and try to make you clean it if its “dirty” (not there standards of clean) and get rid of shoes that you dont need, stay comfy and only keep 2 or 3 pairs fancy casual sport

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  15. D says on August 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm:

    Don’t bring too much stuff in general! Most of all don’t bring too much clothes and shoes! It’s best to switch out your stuff during break.

    And if you get a break in spring and go home, start clearing out your room. By the time summer comes, you’re good to go.

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  16. Tyshauna says on August 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm:

    I think it depends on your college and your dorm room. You can never have too much shoes. Your dorm room is your new home you should make it feel like your home.

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  17. Amanda says on August 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm:

    My freshmen year i brought way to many decorations for my room and went a little overboard i literally started to put my things on my room mates side. These were things i didnt really need but felt would make my room appear more appealing to everyone.

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  18. Deborah says on August 24, 2011 at 11:55 am:

    Let’s say a girl has already bought her new outfits and yet, they want to bring some old outfits that “brings them memories. For one there will not be enough closet space for the first time college student. Also, watch out for excessive purses/bags, sure you want one for every out fit, but where will you put them.

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  19. kayla says on August 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm:

    excessive clothes! the closet space is really small in most dorms, so make sure you only bring the clothes you need for the season.

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    • Danielle says on August 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm:

      Exactly! I know some people who are bringing like 5 suitcases of stuff. You don’t need your entire wardrobe!

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  20. Sandra D. says on August 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm:

    My freshman year I brought all of my DVDs in their cases and they took up a lot of room! So what I did every other year was leave the cases at home and put the DVDs in one of those travel CD/DVD cases instead. It saved so much space in my room and actually made it easier to flip through and decide what I wanted to watch. *Another helpful hint: label your DVDs because you’ll lend them to people and you want to make sure you get them back! :)

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