Your First Apartment: Stuff You Will Need That You Might Have Forgotten

Whether you're living in an on-campus apartment or renting a place 500 miles from the nearest university, you'll need quite a few things. Some of them are easily forgotten. Others you might not even know about; it is, after all, your first time on your own. Here are some of the most important things you can possibly buy.


Your apartment may not have a toilet plunger. It is vital even if you're not in the habit of clogging the toilet because the your new place might have terrible plumbing. You also need a toilet bowl brush. Even if you only clean your toilet twice a year, this makes the job easier, not to mention much more pleasant.

Many apartments don't come with a shower curtain, so you'll need a curtain and a pack of hooks to hang it. You also need a tub stopper if you like to take baths. You can buy and over-the-door towel rack that won't require screws, which will make your apartment manager very happy. Don't forget floor mats. Few things are worse than stepping out of a shower onto a bare floor.


If your unit comes with a garbage disposal, you might already have a sink stopper. If not, ask the apartment manager for suggestions. The insanely-cheap steel stoppers won't work with disposal-equipped sinks.

A dish rack is vital if you don't have a dishwasher. Be sure to buy the drain board that goes beneath the rack so that any runoff water will go back into your sink instead of all over the counter. Don't forget dishwashing supplies like soap, gloves, scrub pads, and sponges.

Forks, knives and spoons are vital, but you should also remember kitchen knives, a can opener, and cutting boards. Ask your parents to help you make a list of every kitchen item you'll need. You can always buy just the basics and add to the collection with each paycheck.

There are quite a few other things you'll need too. These include cleaning supplies, trash cans, organizers, throw rugs, clothes hangers, and refrigerator magnets.

There are plenty of other things you'll need that are specific to your lifestyle. Make a list and go over it before you shop. If you forget something, make a note and stick it to your new refrigerator. You can always make a quick trip to the store for a few things that slipped your mind.

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