Your Furnished Apartment Shopping List

Furnished apartments are an incredible amenity for time and cash pressed students. Off-campus living near USF can seem attractive until you realize you may be on the hook for outfitting an entire apartment home with not only decor and other necessities to make it function and feel like home, but actual FURNITURE so you have a place to sit and sleep! You're in luck. Many apartments near USF offer furniture packages to make your transition easier and more cost-effective.

While apartment furniture packages won't provide every last necessity you may require, you can rest assured that nearly all will include major basics. Use this list to help you understand what might be included, but always be sure to check with a leasing agent to confirm which pieces of furniture will be in the apartment on move-in day.

Bedroom Furniture:

These items will be personal to you and your own bedroom that you've leased. You will be solely responsible for the condition of these items upon move out.

  • Bedframe with mattress
  • Nightstand
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Chest of drawers, commonly made of 2 pieces that fit under the bed
Apartment Bedroom Furnished

For reference, here is a photo of a student housing bedroom that includes a desk, dresser, nightstand, and bed frame with mattress. Decor like sheets, blankets, lamps, and wall art would not be included on move-in day.

Common Area Furniture:

All common area furniture will be shared with roommates. You and your roommates are mutually responsible for the care and cleaning of these items.

  • Couch
  • Loveseat
  • End table(s)
  • Coffee table
  • Entertainment/TV stand
  • BONUS: Many furniture packages also included a TV!

Apartment Common Area
For reference, here is a photo of a typical apartment common area. Note: Your future apartment will not include any decor, so you'll need to choose your own throw pillows and outfit the area with lamps!

While these lists are great, you may notice some key pieces and home accessories missing. Below, we've compiled a shopping listing by room to help you and your roommates decide on who is bringing the best pans for taco night and some other tips and tricks from fluffy towels to mini-fridges.

Pro Tip: If family and friends are looking for high school graduation gift ideas for you, it might be a good idea to register at a big box store (or even for items you'll need in your future apartment. You can use this list for ideas on what you should be registering for!


  • Mattress (if needed)
  • Mattress Topper, Pillow, Bedding
  • Lamp for desk and/or nightstand
  • Curtains or Shades
  • Hangers
  • Mini-Fridge for your own personal drinks and snacks
  • Hamper/Laundry Basket
  • Decor

Common Area:

  • Rug
  • Curtains or Shades
  • Table Lamp
  • Floor Lamp
  • Wall Art
  • Television/Electronics (Roku, Alexa, etc.)
  • Extra Seating (think pouf, ottoman, small accent chair etc.)
  • Shelving


  • Pots and Pans Set
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Glasses/Drinkware
  • Silverware Set
  • Dishtowels
  • Chef Knife
  • Small Paring Knife
  • Coffee Maker/Filters
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Colander
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Spoons and Cups
  • Can Opener
  • Spatula and Spoon Set
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Shelf and Drawer Liners


  • Bath Towels
  • Bathmat
  • Toothbrush Holder
  • Towel Hooks (over-the-door works great so you don't need to put holes in the walls)
  • Shower Curtain and Rings
  • Toilet Brush and Plunger
  • In-Shower Organizer
  • Storage Trays and Baskets for Cabinets 

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