First off, the basics: towels, bedding, laundry hamper, hangers, batteries, feminine products, hairdryer, straightener, curler, pictures, cosmetics, snacks, clothes, laptop, stationary, electronics, clock, backpack, retainer, trash can, books, calendar, Brita Pitcher
What they don’t tell you that you WILL need:
*A mirror, be it a full-length or a cosmetic mirror (or both), lots of times dorms don’t have mirrors. Wal mart has then for under $5.
* Décor. It depends on the look you want, but there are so many ways to have fun. My roommate and I had painted these initial letters, and check out this SHOWER CURTAIN from cafepress.com that makes a beautiful tapestry! Don't be afraid to buy items such as cute candles, coffee table books, fur and sequin throw pillows and floral arrangements. And check out my DIY Jack Daniel's soap dispenser.
* Command Hooks and Strips: hang everything on these. Literally everything.