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What to Bring

Ok, so you are moving to college. What should you bring? We want your residence hall to feel like a "home away from home." You should bring items from home that will transform your room into your "new home." Here is a list of items to think about:

  • Bed sheets
  • Comforter/quilt/blanket
  • Pillows
  • Clothes
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Personal products (i.e., toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.)
  • School supplies
  • Decorations
  • Alarm clock
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Computer
  • Towels
  • Robe
  • Bathroom caddy
  • Shower shoes
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Mop
  • Plates and utensils
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Lamp
  • First-aid supplies and other medications
  • Umbrella
  • Storage containers for under the bed
  • Shoe organizer
  • Phone
  • Answering machine

Remember that these are only suggestions about what to bring, and this is not an exhaustive list; there may be other items you want to bring. Please do not feel that you have to bring everything on the list. Also, you only get to decorate half of your room. You may want to wait to talk to your roommate and come up with a theme for your room. Now that you know some things to bring with you, let us discuss what you cannot bring with you and what could get you a housing violation.

Here is a list of what NOT to bring:

  • Candles (wick or no wick, in plastic wrap or not)
  • Incense
  • Open coil burners (hot plates)
  • Toaster or toaster oven
  • Griddles or grills
  • Electric hamburger or hotdog cookers (including George Foreman grills)
  • Hibachis
  • Anything capable of heating cooking oil to a boiling point
  • Pets (except common aquarium fish)
  • Space heater
  • Water beds
  • Window air condition units

If you have any questions about what is allowed in your room, please do not hesitate to ask a Resident Life staff member. Now that you know what to bring and what not to bring, remember that you will be sharing a room. That means your space is limited. You may not want to bring everything with you at first. You can always bring things from home at a later date. You do not want your room to feel stuffed; you want it livable.

What happens if you get here and you forget something important like a toothbrush? Salisbury offers many shopping options including Wal-Greens, CVS, Eckerd, Innes Drug Store, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart. You can find a Target store in Kannapolis or Mooresville.

If you want to wait to get your snacks and drinks here, we have a variety of grocery stores including Food Lion, Harris Teeter, and a 24-hour Wal-Mart.