What to Pack for Your First Semester in an Off-Campus Apartment
At a certain point, all students who begin their university experience living on campus decide it’s time to move into an apartment. They may miss having privacy, want more space, or just prefer to choose who they live with. However, living off campus does mean you’ll need to pack a few extra things. Make sure you’re prepared for next semester by adding the following to your packing list.
1. Bathroom Basics
The advantage of living in an off-campus apartment is that you’ll share your bathroom with only a couple roommates at the most — you may even have your own en-suite washroom. However, this means it’s up to you to bring all the things you need, such as toilet paper, hand soap, cleaning products, and a plunger. If your bathroom has a shower rather than a tub, you may also need a shower curtain. Bear in mind that you’ll probably want to shower almost immediately after you’ve moved in, as you’ll be sweaty from carrying and unpacking all your belongings.
2. Kitchen Supplies
Take full advantage of the fact that you’ll have a kitchen in your apartment. You’ll no longer need to rely on meal plans, a mini fridge, and a microwave. Purchase all the pots, pans, and utensils you need to prepare nutritious meals — this will keep you healthy and help you stay within your budget. Other things you need for the kitchen include paper towels, a sponge, trash bags, a trash can, a broom, and a dustpan.
3. Household Essentials
There are various other essentials you need when you have your own apartment. For instance, you should have cleaning supplies like a vacuum, multipurpose cleaner, and carpet cleaner (for when those inevitable spills happen). For emergencies, make sure you have a first aid kit, basic tools, a flashlight, and spare batteries. It’s also useful to have extra light bulbs, some extension cords, and tissues in storage for whenever you need them.
4. Board Games
If you’d like to ask friends over often, it makes sense to have some form of entertainment. Stocking up on some fun board games will make your apartment the place to be.
5. A Blender
Smoothies make for a great breakfast or a healthy snack at any time of the day. Plus, you can use your blender for all kinds of other things, including soup, spaghetti sauce, and cocktails.
6. Bluetooth Speaker
There are fewer restrictions on noise when you live in off-campus housing. To benefit, bring a bluetooth speaker. You can use it when you have guests over, to create the right atmosphere for studying, and for relaxing in the evening.
You’ll have a much smaller packing list if you move into a fully-furnished apartment. You can find Carleton University apartments decorated in a sleek modern design and equipped with cutting-edge technology at The Revalie. In your suite, you’ll have stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer, quartz countertops, and a smart TV. Take a virtual tour to see how living at The Revalie will improve your student experience.