Unless your college is close enough to home to allow for frequent trips to pick up forgotten items, start on your packing at least a month or so in advance.
If you are already acquainted with your roommate, discuss with him or her what you can bring from home to make your room friendly and comfortable.
Most college hostels furnish each student with the basics: a bed, chair, desk and dresser. The embellishments are up to you.
On the personal side, you`ll need to think about:
Clothing. You`ll want casual clothes for most activities, but a few dress-up outfits for special occasions. Take enough clothes and undergarments to last at least two weeks. (You may have the best of intentions about doing your laundry weekly, but it has a way of piling up once you get busy with classes and new friends.)
Don`t forget seasonal items such as an umbrella, woollen clothes and extra pair of boots.
Appliances. You and your roommate may want to share an iron, a music system, desk lamp, a calculator or an alarm clock. Some colleges have rules about what appliances are allowed in hostels; be sure to check before packing your music system.
Study aids. Homework will be a lot easier if you have a good dictionary and thesaurus close at hand.
You will also need folders, notebooks and notepads to take notes and organise your assignments.
Personal items. Think about the things you use each day at home. Then make a list and take it with you on a marathon-shopping trip. Make sure that your list includes toiletries, medicines, vitamins, towels, blankets, small sewing kit, first aid kit, laundry detergent etc.
Last but not the least - remember to bring items to make your new residence feel like home, such as pictures, plants and posters.