What to Bring & Not to Bring to Campus

We want your residence hall to feel like home – but a smaller kind of home, one that’s also home to other people. There are good reasons to pack carefully. Since you’ll be sharing common space with one or three roommates, you might want to hold off bringing kitchen and common-area items until you’ve talked with them, and given that you’ll have only limited closet, dresser, and floor space, you might want to take a look at your room before moving in your winter wardrobe and 52” TV.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Student Housing and Residential Life.

What to Bring


  • Pillow, blanket/bedspread
  • Sheets/pillowcases (extra-long twin bed)
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Shower curtain
  • Desk lamp/desk organizer
  • Wastebasket
  • Drawer liner (not contact paper)
  • Personal items (pictures, posters, etc.)
  • White putty (sticky tack) to hang items on wall
  • Surge protector
  • Sewing kit
  • Umbrella and raincoat
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Broom or small vacuum
  • Laundry basket, detergent, starch, iron
  • Clothes hangers
  • Dishes, pots, pans, food storage containers
  • Small microwave
  • Can opener
  • Flip-flops
  • Fan
  • Flashlight
  • Personal radio/stereo with headphones
  • Small TV and cable cord
  • Lamp
  • Alarm clock
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Small first aid kit (bandages, aspirin, cotton balls, etc.)
  • An open mind and a sense of adventure

What Not to Bring


  • Large stereo systems
  • Lofts
  • Pets (including fish)
  • Aquariums
  • Halogen lamps
  • Medusa lamps
  • Appliances with exposed heating elements (hot plates, toaster ovens, etc.)
  • Candles, incense, or fireworks
  • Firearms or any other weapons (i.e. hunting knives, paintball guns, stun gun/tasers, etc.)
  • Double-sided tape to hang items on surfaces
  • Offensive wall/room decorations
  • Alcohol containers used as decoration
  • Or alcohol containers with alcohol in them, for that matter
  • Gas or charcoal grills