Congratulations – you’ve conquered the dorms and are now moving into your first apartment. And while leaving the dorm life can seem like an awesome new adventure, living on your own can be a big transition. With a little bit of preparation, and possibly some help from mom and dad, moving into your apartment doesn’t have to be an intimidating time.

Read our advice below for the some of the must haves you’ll need for your student apartment:

It’s time to ditch your meal plan and cook for yourself! For the next year you’ll be most likely be living off of Ramen noodles, mac and cheese and pizza. Here’s a few things you may want to consider buying:

  • Pots & Pans
  • Cups & Plates
  • Utensils
  • Kitchen Gadget Set
  • Serving Bowls
  • Coffee Pot & Mugs
  • Tupperware

Furnishing an apartment can be a daunting task. If you’re apartment does not come fully furnished, like The Village at Bluegrass apartments in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan or Level 27 apartments in Oxford, Ohio, you are going to need a few staple pieces of furniture for your living room and bedroom:

  • Dining Table & Chairs
  • Bedframe & Mattress
  • Dresser
  • Sofa, End Tables & Coffee Table

Lastly, here are a few random items that students often forget to buy prior to moving in:


  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Shower Rod, Curtain & Liner
  • Trash Cans & Trash Bags
  • Additional Storage
  • Extra Towels & Linens