When considering living off the campus, there are many things to keep in mind. First off, depending on where your school is located, this could mean many of the conveniences you’re used to might not be available. Moving is stressful enough as it is. Before you start packing up boxes, take a moment to make sure you’re well prepared by reviewing this Athens, Ohio apartments off-campus checklist. You’ll be glad you did.


  • Bed – In the case your new spot already has one, make sure it’s what you need before leaving your old bed at home.
  • Bookshelves – Books look cooler on a shelf than in a pile.
  • Lamps – Overhead lights can be annoying, especially for reading
  • Nightstands – Better than boxes or crates.
  • Desk lamp – Also easier on the eyes than eyes than overhead lighting, usually.
  • Trashcans – Having one of these in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom help keep things clutter-free.
  • Rugs – Keep your play warm and cozy with several rugs if you’re place has wood or tile floors.
  • Desk chair – A good desk chair goes a long way in your ability concentrate on your work.
  • Curtains – Many units come with these, but if yours does not, grab some for privacy and to keep the early morning sun out.
  • Bedding – Nice clean bedding makes for a better experience when reading in bed.
  • Shoe Rack – Keep your place cleaner by adding a shoe rack for people to place their shoes when entering the unit.
  • Full-length mirror – Know what you look like before running out the door late for class.
  • Alarm clock – A student’s trusted companion. Even though you may have one on your phone, it’s always good to have a backup.

Living Room

  • Couch and Chairs – Again, if you’re moving into a furnished apartment, make sure the furniture is comfy and clean. Many times, a landlord will remove unwanted furniture from the premises.
  • TV – If you’re a gamer of a binge watcher, this is a must-have.
  • Lamps – Like the bedroom, lamps make for a better overall ambiance as compared to overhead lighting.
  • Coffee Table – The centerpiece for any college apartment. These are usually best when they are bigger.
  • Desk – This is an excellent touch so that you have an option of where in the house to do your work.



Cozy studio student apartment with a combined living room and office.

  • Silverware
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Wine glasses
  • Dish soap
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Spatula
  • Large Spoon
  • Tupperware
  • Paper towels
  • Microwave
  • Knives
  • Dish Rack
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Sandwich bags
  • Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Oven Mitts
  • Can Opener
  • Strainer
  • Cutting boards
  • Mixing bowls
  • Toaster Oven



  • Toilet Brushes
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Plunger
  • Shower Cleaners
  • Brush for Shower
  • Shower Shelving
  • Toilet Paper Holder
  • Shower Curtain and Liner


  • Soaps
  • Sponges
  • Towels
  • Tissues
  • Garbage Liners
  • Broom
  • Vacuum
  • Carpet Cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Wipes
  • Windex
  • Batteries
  • Several Extension Cords

If you’re in Athens and are considering off-campus housing at Ohio University, contact Wharton Rentals for more info.

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