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Packing Checklist for College Students in Boston

Are you prepared for college move-in day in Boston? Whether you have everything all packed up or still in the process of getting your things together, follow this checklist to make sure you have all the things you need for the big day when you move to Boston

Bedroom Basics

Traditionally, being a college student means living in a smaller space. That means, try not to bring anything you don’t absolutely need. Here is a little tip: Don’t try to bring every piece of clothing you own. If you know you’ll be returning home for the next season, only bring the clothing you need for the current season! This will save you a lot of closet space in the end. 

Eating Essentials

What food items can you absolutely not live without? Pack your favorite snacks, your morning coffee and don’t forget a water filter! Just think of all the basic things you need on a regular basis when it comes to cooking. Make sure to also pack utensils and Tupperware as well! 

Necessary Technology

We all know we can’t live without a phone, but there are other pieces of technology you might have forgotten about. Especially for college students, it’s nice to have a printer for any last-minute assignments. Aside from that, having a laptop, charger and headphones will get you through your freshmen year. 

Download any Boston-related apps to your phone too, especially ones that help you get around. Beantown can be confusing to new college students. Just learning to take the the T to right place can be a challenge.

Everyday Academic Supplies

Writing utensils…paper…stapler…pack everything you need to survive in school. You don’t want to end up being the classmate who is always asking for supplies! 

Campus Gear

If you’re walking to class, it’s important to have everything you need to prepare for your long trips on campus! That means having a raincoat or umbrella for the rain, a water bottle to quench your thirst, comfortable walking shoes, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun! Boston has every kind of weather under the sun, so pack clothes for every contingency. 

You may also be doing a lot of walking, going from dorms to dining halls to classes and back. Often on concrete (Boston University and Northeastern are two such campuses that come to mind), so pack shoes that will help with this.

What NOT to bring

There are some things that aren’t usually permitted in a regular school dorm. Even if you live off-campus, make sure these things are allowed before you pack them:

  • Candles
  • Microwaves
  • Hotplates
  • Halogen lamps

Starting college is an exciting time! You wouldn’t want to ruin the moment by over or underpacking. But if you follow our checklist, you should be good to go for the next stage in your life in Boston! 


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