You have finally reached one of the first and most important milestones in your first 20 or so years of life: your first apartment!!! After you have finally found the new place you are going to call home, it is vital that you have the perfect college apartment essentials that you need to become move in ready.
In this list of first apartment essentials, I have tried to include as many of the main items that I could. There are of course endless other small items that you could need to complete your college apartment, but I hope this list will be able to get you started!
Another small note, some college apartments may already come furnished, but if you happen to be moving into an unfurnished apartment, I have included most of the major furniture items that you may need.
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College Apartment Essentials
If your apartment does not come furnished, the first thing you are going to need is a nice bed frame. This bed frame actually doesn’t even need a box spring to go with it and it’s assembly is completely tool free!
A good quality mattress can be difficult to find. This simple mattress is a great option if you are first time mattress buyer and are unsure what you are looking for in a mattress.
If your apartment comes furnished, a mattress topper is a must have! Not only will a mattress topper change the comfort of your bed, it will change the way you sleep.
A cute headboard has the ability to change the whole dynamic of your room and decor. Check out this insanely cute and budget-friendly option.
If you a clothes and t-shirt hoarder (like me), closet space will just not be enough to store your clothing items. This dresser option comes with 6 large drawers and will match perfectly with almost any room decor.
There’s just something about a nice desk that actually wants to make me be more productive. This insanely cute desk is easy to assemble, only comes with 4 parts, and will be the perfect addition to your bedroom.
A nice desk chair is a must if you are going to be sitting at your desk studying (and doing makeup) frequently. Check out this cute option!
A cluttered desk can be a mood and productivity killer. These desk organizers are so cute and will help keep your area nice and tidy.
A night stand is the perfect place to keep your phone, alarm clock and bed side lamp close to you at night.
Night stand lamp
A night stand lamp is perfect to use at the end of a very long day without turning on your bright overhead lights.
If you are a makeup fanatic (like me) a good quality vanity mirror is a must. Who wants to leave the house with unblended foundation or contour? With a nice quality vanity mirror, you will eliminate the chance of any potential makeup catastrophes, and be able to leave the house feeling confident and slayed.
Cute storage baskets are perfect to store any loose items that you may have that you don’t want on display. I personally use storage baskets under my bathroom sink, under my desk, and on top of my closet shelf.
A nice white duvet is the perfect addition to your apartment decor. There’s just something about white duvets that just sort of brings your whole room together and makes it complete.
Curtains are a must have for your first apartment. Whether you like blackout curtains, or are more of a sheer kind of girl, a nice pair of curtains is the perfect addition to your apartment decor.
A nice sized floor mirror is essential for those picture mirror selfies. Floor mirrors also give the illusion that space is bigger than it actually is.
I don’t know what it is, but there is just somethings about a cute laundry basket that actually makes me want to do laundry…even though laundry day is probably my least favorite day of the week. I love that this laundry basket has thick handles to use to carry if your washer and dryer are across the apartment.
Your couch is the center piece of your entire apartment…so why not make it a cute one? I love that this couch is a neutral color and pretty much goes with any type of decor that you may choose.
Accent pillows and throws are a great way make a living room extra cozy and inviting.
If your apartment comes with wood floors, a nice area rug will be a great addition. Not only will it help you keep your feet warm when it’s chilly, it adds just the right amount of flare and coziness to the room.
A nice coffee table is the perfect addition to your living room and can tie the whole room together.
End tables offer balance to your decor and serve as a place to hold other miscellaneous items.
A cute accent chair can the perfect finishing touch to your living room as well as provide extra seating for the area.
Adding a cute lamp your living room adds a nice flare and ambiance to the space. I love using lamps in my living room to provide extra cozy vibes to the area.
TV & TV Stand
A TV in the living room is essential for entertaining others or even just having a cozy movie night at home. If you don’t want to take the time to mount your TV on the wall, adding a TV stand to your space is a great option. TV stands also provide extra storage space and can help fill up an empty wall.
A small yet efficient vacuum cleaner is perfect for storage purposes as well as keeping your floors nice and neat!
Now that you’re in your first apartment, you will probably venture into cooking most nights. This cookware set is the perfect starter kit for your kitchen.
To avoid waste using paper dish options, this dishware set has everything thing you need for your apartment kitchen.
This cooking tool set comes equipped with everything you need for your apartment kitchen and cooking needs.
If you are going to be cooking regularly, a good knife set is essential. This particular knife set includes a knife sharpening block to ensure that your knives never get dull.
A silverware set is a must have your kitchen. This silverware set also comes in lots of fun colors, so be sure to check it out!
A good toaster is perfect for those mornings when you need a quick breakfast to get you going.
Whether you are an espresso or coffee fan, both Keurig and Nespresso are excellent brands to satisfy your caffeine needs.
I love that this blender is personal sized and is good for one drink. This not only helps with portion control, but eliminates the hassle of extensive clean up.
Food storage containers
If you are an organizing fanatic and adore those super organized Pinterest dream kitchens, you have got to get yourself a set of these pantry organizers!
Meal storage containers
Since you will be cooking more often in your new apartment. Storage for leftovers is a must. This 30 piece set comes with a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your needs.
If you are trying to save money and refrain from excessive plastic waste, a water filter is perfect for you. This water filter has the ability to replace 300 water bottles and lasts for about 2 months on average. Be sure to check it out!
Dining room table set
If you have room for a dining room set in your kitchen area, check out this cute affordable option!
If your apartment doesn’t have enough room for a dining room table, bar stools might be a great option for you.
If you will be washing dishes rather than using the dishwater every night, a dish drying rack is a great tool and will also allow you separate all of your utensils.
A nice towel set is essential for your apartment bathroom. This towel set comes with 4 wash cloths, 2 hand towels, and 2 bath towels. They are also offered in a wide range of color options to match any bathroom decor.
A shower curtain is a must have for your bathroom and is the perfect way to add some flare into the area.
Bath rugs and bath mats a great to have to avoid slipping as you are coming out of the shower. The also a great for keeping your feet warm in the mornings when you are getting ready for the day.
To avoid bathroom countertop clutter, having some storage options will be perfect. Check out these cute and affordable options that will match any bathroom decor styles.
Shower storage units are a great way to keep you body wash, shampoo, and conditioner off of the floor. Check out these storage options!
A trash bin is needed probably in every room in your house. Check out this affordable option!
This plunger option also comes equipped with a toilet scrubber! I love that it is aesthetically pleasing and can match with most bathroom decor choices!