College essentials: international student dorm room version

Okay, here’s the deal: you’re either moving into your new dorm soon, or you’ve recently done so. That means you have a whole room to fill! You might have searched for something along the lines of ‘the ultimate college packing list’. Yeah, those may help you, but what you really need is this supreme, unrivalled, greatest and transcendent list. Straight up: you need this really great list of college essentials for your new student house or room! This list ranges in everything from chargers to slippers to coffee makers. And, as a bonus, this list is tailored for the international student. Someone who is coming from outside the Netherlands, and needs the real deal on what to bring and what not to bring. Here we go…

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The obvious college essentials...

We won’t waste precious blogging space with boring you with things you already know about. You can buy all of these things when you get to Holland, or you can bring them from home! If you live far away, for example, the States, we recommend you buy the necessities in Holland, like towels or kitchenware.

Here’s a quick breakdown of all the basics you need:

  • Your clothes: jeans, shirts, socks and everything else you need on a daily basis. Additionally, don’t forget sports stuff!
  • Shoes: Holland is fortunate to have a lot of seasons, meaning you’ll need boots for winter and sneakers for spring and summer.
  • Electronics (phone, laptop, etc.)
  • Multiple towels, big and small.
  • Bedsheets: pillowcases, sheets, duvets, pillows, etc.
  • Kitchenware: knives, forks, spoons, bowls, plates, mugs, glasses, mixing bowls, pans, and all that jazz.
  • Medications and medical kit: your personal medications, as well as painkillers (always a good option), band-aids, and so on.
  • Cleaning supplies: surface cleaner, rags, dish brush or sponge, washing machine powder or liquid for your clothes, etc.
  • Pictures from home: pictures of your dog, cat, your family and your friends are always nice to have in a new environment!
  • School supplies: pens, diary, budgeting journal, etc.

Then, of course, you need your passport, IDs, Visas and permits, and your insurances!

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Charger adapters

If you are coming from a country where the normal European plugs aren’t used, this is a must-have. For example, the US, China and the UK are some countries that have different plugs than Holland. That’s why you need at least one or two adaptors to put on your devices so you can use them and charge them at home. This adapter is really handy, because you can use plugs from all over the world in one. With this adapter, you can use Italian, Japanese, American, Swiss and English plugs on a European grid.

Coffee machine and microwave

Coffee is basically the student drug of choice (but don’t do actual drugs, kids). It's what keeps most people going after a long night, or what motivates them to wake up in the morning. A true love story, actually. Having your own can save your countless trips to Starbucks (and countless cash). This one is super simple, affordable, and does the job right. Also, think about getting a microwave! It’s a life-saving device: heat up your leftovers, cook a salmon, make a mug cake… Really, a microwave can do anything. Get this one: easy, quick and very effective. You can read more about our top kitchen appliances here.

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Slippers and bathrobe

TRUST us on this, you’ll want to be cosy on those early Monday mornings when your alarm goes off for your 9am. Not only will this make your morning routine more fun, but it’s also practical. Use slippers when it’s cold outside, or when you might have forgotten to vacuum your floor (sorry, mom). A robe is also great if you are sharing an apartment or dorm with roommates. Having a robe is better than forgetting a towel and walking around naked…

A warm winter coat

It gets cold in the Netherlands. It can get as cold as -5°C during the winter time, and if you aren’t used to that kind of chill, you’ll thank us for this tip!

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This is a pro amongst college essentials. Want to skip those long library printer lines? Having your own printer saves you time and money. Plus, if you want to work all night on your essay that’s due the next day, you can print it out in the early hours of the morning when you’re finally done.

You can customize this list to fit your desires and needs and bring all your own necessities! This list is quite basic; these are the most college essentials you should bring with you to your new dorm room! Trust us, by the time the semester or year, is over, you will have accumulated a lot of stuff you didn’t even know you had…

What are your best packing tips? Let us know!