Do you have a college supply list, yet?
Unlike grade school:
Colleges just do not put out a list of school essentials you should bring with you on your first day. This can lead to some confusion as to what sort of things you should get for college.
Starting college can seem like you’re beginning a whole new life! That can bring a whole lot of uncertainty into the picture.
And as a current college student myself, I know just how busy life can get leading up to the weeks before university starts. Considering what school supplies you need to succeed, is probably the last thing you want to dedicate a brain storming session to.
You found this online post! In it, I’m going to tell you what supplies you should pick up for college.
I even have a free printable college supply list PDF at the end of this article. So when you’re out doing your shopping, it’ll be easy to remember what you need.
Let that wave of mini relief wash over you, ’cause you have one less thing to worry about now.
Here is a basic college supply list that will help kickoff your first day, the RIGHT way.
TIP: The best “Back to School” sales on school supplies happen in May, June & July. Try to pick up these items then if you can!
College Supply List of School Essentials
This item is going to be number ONE on the college supply list because of the daily use you’ll get out of them.
Mechanical pencils, or regular pencils; it doesn’t really matter the exact type you choose so long as you are comfortable using it.
I go for low for low prices and bulk sized packs.
If you do go for mechanical pencils, don’t forget to pick up some extra lead!
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College Ruled Paper (loose leaf and notebook)
This is an essential (and probably a no-brainer) for your college supply list because, like pencils, this gets used everyday!
Some instructors don’t like the edges that notebook paper leaves, which is why I suggest getting loose leaf in addition.
I’m all about saving money wherever possible!
Paper & Binder Clips
Gotta be able to control all that loose leaf paper some how, am I right?
I use these all the time to keep relevant papers together. Like homework I’ve started and the instructions for it.
Killing two birds with one stone.
Honestly, you get sooo many handouts. It can be overwhelming!
Keep track of it all by getting a couple folders.
Make sure you CLEARLY label on the front which class each is for. It’ll save you time when rifling through your backpack.
Nothing fancy is needed. Simple, inexpensive folders will do nicely.
Big or small, these will come in handy! There’s always some erasing to be done.
Mistakes are just a part of life.
On the note that mistakes happen, it’s best to have some whiteout around when you’re in college.
For tests where you can only use a pen, or when you notice a spelling error right before you’re about to hand in an essay. It’s useful stuff!
If you want to get it for FREE, watch for coupons in your local newspaper.
They pop up around the time back to school sales do.
Black/Blue and Red Ink Pens
I find I use them sparingly, but they are still a must have school essentials!
From peer editing to writing notes, they have their uses.
At the college I’m attending black ink pens & pencils are preferred by my professors. This may vary by school, though.
A pretty good deal if I do say so myself!
It’s no surprise that highlighters are another item worth taking to college.
There will be lots of homework and reading – you’ll be glad you have these when it’s crunch time!
Will you be taking any math classes? Or other classes that use math?
If so, you’ll want to bring add a calculator to your college supply list.
Sure you have one on your phone, but phones are usually not allowed out during testing.
Check with your instructor before purchasing- some prefer a certain brand.
It’s cheaper than a Texas Instrument, but has just as much computing power – if not more!
These are handy for note taking, journaling, and brainstorming ideas.
I’m sure you figured you’d need these for college. However, it’s nice to have thoughts confirmed!
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If you’re like me, you may be a little forgetful.
I use sticky notes as colorful little reminders. They are also a great way to take notes in your textbooks without actually writing in them.
And by awhile, I mean possibly your entire college experience??
Much of college work is done digitally these days.
When it’s time to print or present in class, you can use a portable flash drive to take your work with you.
Something over 8gb so you don’t run out of space at a bad time.
So these last two school essentials are the most expensive buys…
To me they are the most worth it. Because they will (hopefully) last throughout your whole college experience.
Yes, you still need one!
Especially if your campus is large, and all your classes are consecutive. There are no lockers, and there is no time to stop at your car to get your books.
It’s lightweight, but still has a pocket for my laptop and plenty of space for other supplies!
You will basically LIVE on your laptop. From researching assignments, writing papers, and communicating with instructors, a laptop is a must!
Make sure your laptop can run all the programs required for your college!
It’s been great and met all my needs.
Look for “open box” deals to possibly score a lower price when you’re shopping around.
Hope this college supply list will help you along your way!
I just know that so far in my college career, these have been my main go-tos.
Related Article: 10 College Necessities For Freshman Year
Grab the PDF printable version of this list for free by just clicking below!
Are there any other school supplies that have been crucial for you?
Let me know down below!
I’m Jade, a full time college student pursuing a degree in nuclear medicine down in southern Oregon. Fun Fact: I’m a makeup and unicorn enthusiast.
I’m just trying to navigate this crazy thing we call life, while also being a full time mom to a fur child and a fur-less child.