The Ultimate Hostel Room Checklist for Girls

Moving into a new campus hostel room is always an exciting one. With the promise of new friends, relationships and experiences, getting into university is a very important step in our lives. Packing and choosing what to carry to your new ‘room away from home’ can become pretty hectic, so it’s always best to stay prepared.

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This list has suggestions for the basics that a hostel room should have in order to make the most of your university campus experience. Most of these items can be found in your local home supply stores, or through online malls. It’s best to start gathering and sorting what you want to take to the campus a few months in advance so you’re not left rushing in the end.


  • Bed sheets (it’s best to have at least two or three sets)
  • Comforter
  • Blankets
  • Pillows (with pillow cases)
  • Decorative pillows or throw pillows (these are optional, but they can help spice up the look of your hostel room, plus they’re great when you have friends over)
  • Sleeping bag or Air mattress (just in case you have a friend or family member visit)


  • Towels
  • Face towel
  • Shower pouf/loofah
  • Hair styling tools – curling iron, flat iron, curlers, etc.
  • Shower cap
  • Blow Dryer
  • Flip – flops (important tip: wearing these will help protect your feet from gross germs and bacteria that lurk in public bathrooms and showers)
  • Bathroom caddy (these can carry all of your bathroom supplies easily on those trips to the shared bathroom)


  • Toothbrush (always keep a spare one in your room)
  • Toothpaste (and at least one extra tube)
  • Soap/body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Cotton swabs (these are very versatile – you can use them to apply makeup, remove nail polish, and so much more!)
  • Baby wipes (once again, these are multi-purpose – you can clean up small spills, remove makeup, etc.)
  • Spare pads and tampons
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream (if you use)
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Band Aids/bandages
  • Multivitamins
  • Medication


  • Stapler (with spare staples)
  • Paper clips
  • Wall Calendar
  • Glue
  • Tape (trust me, you will need it)
  • Desk lamp
  • Post-It Notes
  • Calculator
  • Ruler
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Pen holder/mug
  • Scissors (preferably sharp enough that you can use for other things, not just paper)
  • Cushion (for those not-so-comfortable hostel room chairs)
  • Dry Erase board with markers


  • Headphones
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cord (so you can charge multiple devices at once)
  • HDMI cable (for movie nights in your room!)
  • Laptop computer with cable
  • Mini/iPod speakers
  • Mouse with optional mouse-pad
  • USB flash drive with cable


  • Notebooks
  • Blank paper
  • Folders
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil case
  • Backpack/cart


  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Bleach
  • Stain Remover
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Clothes pins
  • Iron
  • Air freshener spray
  • Mini broom and dustpan
  • All-Purpose cleaner
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Paper Towels


Having snacks and things to bite on in your hostel room is essential, especially during study sessions, or for when you just don’t feel like going to the kitchen. These can be easily stored in a spare drawer, or a plastic container in your closet or under the bed.

  • Cutlery set (knife, fork and spoon)
  • Bowl and plate (preferably microwave safe)
  • Mug
  • Travel Mug
  • Hot water Boiling Jug
  • Pack of biscuits/Cookies
  • Candies and chocolate bars
  • Peanut Butter
  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Microwave
  • Carton of Noodles (a college staple!)
  • Coffee
  • Tea


  • Mini garbage can
  • Flashlight
  • Sewing pins
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Lint roller
  • Floor mat
  • Ziploc bags
  • Deck of Cards
  • Uno Cards
  • Small duffel bag (for those weekend trips and sleepovers)
  • Small mementos from home (it could be your favourite childhood toy, souvenirs from a past trip, or a favourite knitted blanket. It’s always nice to have reminders from home during the adaptation period)
  • Wall décor – posters, framed photos, canvases, postcards, etc.
  • Family photos

Best of luck during the new  session!

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