9 Essential Things Needed For Hostel Life

April 25, 2023 | 12:15 PM By your-space
Hostel Packing

Hostel life can be a bittersweet experience. Bitter when you first leave your home, and sweet if you find your home away from home! That’s where your-space comes in with our chain of PG in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad, among many other major cities! As an expert brand in creating student-friendly experiences, we understand how living in a hostel while studying can be an excellent way to immerse yourself in the college experience. It’s an opportunity to make new friends, learn about different cultures, and save money on accommodation. However, sharing living spaces with strangers can be challenging, especially if you’re not adequately prepared. That’s why we’ve put together this blog post listing things needed for hostel life, specifically for students living in hostels while studying. Leaving one’s home to chase dreams and goals is as daunting as it is exciting. We understand that you need to balance your studies and social life, and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of 9 essential things needed for hostel that will help you make the most of your hostel experience. Additionally, we’ve added some Frequently Asked Questions and tips on how to make the most of your hostel experience while still prioritizing your studies at the end of this blog. From setting boundaries to finding a quiet study space, these tips will help you maintain a healthy balance.

So, the 9 essential things needed for hostel may include:

  1. Clothing and Footwear
  2. Laundry Bag
  3. All Things Medical
  4. Locks and Keys
  5. Bedding and Pillows
  6. Toiletries
  7. An Efficient Backpack
  8. Earphones & Sleeping Masks
  9. Electronic Accessories

1)Clothing and Footwear

Packing for a hostel as a student can be challenging, especially if it is your first time away from home. You will need to pack enough clothes and footwear for daily use, while also considering limited storage space in many accommodations. When packing your fashion and accessory suitcase, do not forget to pack essential things for hostel life including lots of comfy wear, enough cute outfits for college/work, and definitely some pretty-party outfits. When planning your footwear, do not forget the most essential – flip flops, while keeping in mind formal shoes for the more serious days, and some casual footwear for your day-outs. Don’t worry if you didn’t get it all at once, or if you feel you left something behind, you will make multiple trips home, before you ever finally move out!

2)Laundry & Shoe Bags

When moving out to a hostel, remember, everyone is bringing their own mini homes to this new place, just like you. While it does get exciting to meet new people and mingle, hostel life comes with a whole list of challenges too. One thing that you do not want to happen is losing some of your things needed for hostel, that you so dearly packed – especially clothes and shoes! Find yourself your own laundry bag where you can store your used clothes until laundry day; this way your clothes won’t get mixed up and you won’t lose any precious outfits! Carrying your own shoe bags can also keep your footwear safe and clean while living in a shared space.

3)All Things Medical

The thing you never want happening while living away from home is falling sick! While a home away from home is another feeling, it’s always better to prevent rather than cure. In this case, when planning the things needed for hostel, plan a medical kit as well! This kit should include both preventive and curative items. For instance, if you’re easily irritable by mosquitoes, carry your repellent cream. Other items may include the basics you need to dress a wound or tend to first-aid requirements like band-aids, bandages, antiseptics, and doctors’ tape. If you’re easily allergic to changing weather or even surroundings, carrying recommended anti-allergic might be a good idea too. Don’t forget to carry balms and anti-inflammatory ointments – just in case you work or party too hard!

4)Locks and Keys

Another one on the list of things needed for hostel has to be locks and extra keys! Firstly, to ensure the safety of your valuables in a shared space, you might need to put locks on certain bags or drawers. But, also, when a shared space becomes a home where you’re sharing more than just the space, spare keys come a long way! Roommates share keys to closets and lockers all the time.

5)Bedding and Pillows

Even in the dearest shared spaces with the best roommates, there are some things that you would want to keep just yours! One of these is the bedding that you use! Refreshing the bedding regularly is as sacred as it gets when it comes to hygiene. Plus, who doesn’t want to deck up their rooms with clean and pretty bedsheets and pillows? So among the things needed for hostel, definitely pack these!


Another one of the absolutely essential things for a hostel is your own set of toiletries. Pack all the necessary toiletries without skipping any, because when you’re away from home, making sure you’re comfortable and healthy is a must. Not sharing toiletries is one of the basic ways of ensuring that! Most PG accommodations do not offer separate/private washrooms in each room, unlike your-space. But even with a beautiful room and an attached washroom, carrying your toiletries should be on top of your ‘things needed for hostel’.

7)An Efficient Backpack

Moving out of home doesn’t happen overnight. You will travel back and forth a lot to even complete your moving process. Even when you are all settled, you will probably go back home, or to a relative, or a friend almost every month if not more! An efficient backpack becomes an absolute essential in this case. The perfect backpack should be able to double as your college bag and a short trip to home bag. When choosing yours, make sure it has multiple compartments, apart from being quirky and pretty. Making sure it is waterproof will be a smart move too – so that it lasts all weathers and happy accidents that might happen in the hostel!

8)Earphones & Sleeping Masks

Having a great roommate is a blessing for life, you find brothers/sisters/best friends for life in a roommate that matches your vibe. But even a great roommate might not have routines, habits, and schedules perfectly synced with you. There will be times when you just want to sleep but they’d rather complete a paper that’s due. You may be a silence-lover, they might like to read aloud or snore. To coexist and thrive in these situations, a good pair of noise-cancelling earphones and a nice sleeping mask might come in handy! Add them to your list of ‘things needed for hostel’ – for when you start packing!

9)Electronic Accessories

Even in the most strategically designed and curated rooms, people end up fighting over plug points! So, when counting the things needed for a hostel, don’t forget to add an extension board that allows you your own plug station! For the times when even that doesn’t work, you might want to carry other electronic accessories like a power bank! These things come a long way in helping you lead a happy and healthy life in a shared space!

Frequently Asked Questions about Moving to a Hostel

How much stuff should I carry with me?

It is best if you go check out your room and assess the space before you move out, so that you know exactly how much space you have and how much you can carry. Either way, we would recommend you definitely carry all your essentials and then see if you have space for more to add a few collectables!

Will I get my own personal closet space?

This depends on the brand you choose for your accommodation. Most of the contemporary brands building happy spaces for students will offer you personal space. For example, you can check out this PG in Delhi by your-space where you have ample living and storage space. However, it is best to weigh your options well before finalizing if you have preferences you can’t neglect.

Do I need to pack and carry snacks to the hostel?

If you opt for accommodation with food, it generally means you will get food and snacks as per their schedules. However, if you’re a midnight muncher, it is always to pack and restock snacks to make sure you have something to munch on as you binge-watch or pull an all-nighter.

How can I know who is going to be my roommate?

If you are not an extrovert and want to be extra cautious about who you share your space with, you can always visit the property first to find that out before you move. However, if you want to not risk any clash at all, you can try moving into a single occupancy room first and then figure out whether you’d like to have a roommate. your-space offers rooms going from single to triple occupancy in many cities – with a property near most major institutes. Check them out here.

Should I also take my own vehicle when moving out?

If you are careful in choosing the right accommodation option which is strategically located near the college/university/office you are going to be going to daily, you don’t essentially need a personal vehicle. Unless it’s a personal choice, you will find efficient local travel options in most places.

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