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Moving In: What to Bring to College

New Student Packing List - Fall 2020


  • XL Twin Sheets/ Bedding
  • Pillow + Pillow Case
  • Mattress Pad, if desired
  • Alarm Clock


  • Laundry Basket
  • Laundry Detergent + Dryer Sheets / Fabric Softener
  • Hangers


  • Toiletries + Shower Caddy
  • Robe
  • Towels + Wash Cloths
  • Shower Shoes
  • Tooth Brush + Toothpaste
  • Cleaning Supplies (not Woodson / SR) 


  • Backpack
  • Laptop and charger
  • Desk Supplies
  • Calendar / Planner
  • USB / Way to save work
  • Headphones


  • Reusable Masks Dishes + Cutlery
  • Small Trash Can
  • Thermometer
  • Coffee/ Tea Maker
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Flash Light
  • First Aid Kit
  • Small Fan
  • Small Tool Set
  • Bicycle, if desired
  • Disinfectant/ Cleaning Wipes / Hand Sanitizer


  • Pictures/ Posters Area Rug, if desired
  • Painter's Tape/ Removable adhesive strips
  • Battery Operated String Lights
  • Heavy Duty Extension Cords
  • Surge Protector
  • Candles + Candle Warmers
  • Pets
  • Toasters (allowed in Apartments)
  • George Foreman style grills
  • Multi-plug Outlets that aren't grounded
  • Black Lights
  • Heaters
  • Lava Lamps
  • Weapons
  • Drugs/ Alcohol

What should you bring when you move to college?  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."

items you might consider bringing:

  • 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
  • QAM Capable 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.  Also, if you are sharing a room, you will 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.

TIP: You may not want to bring everything with you at first. You can always add and bring things from home at a later date. You do not want your room to feel crowded and overwhelming with too much stuff; you want it livable and comfortable.

what not to bring

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.