Get Packing!

Room Essentials:

  • Lamps: Can be very handy, especially for students living with a roommate. A desk lamp allows for late night studying without disturbing the roommate. 
  • Rugs: Some rooms have carpeting and some rooms do not.
  • White Board: Be sure to bring markers as well!
  • Blue Painter’s Tape: Used to hang items on the wall. No nails allowed.
  • Fridge/Microwave: The fridge should not exceed 2.9 cubic feet and the maximum wattage for microwaves is 700 watts (both should be Energy Star rated).
  • Dishes and utensils.
  • Fan: A must have for the warm weather, especially for those living on a higher floor. Also, the white noise helps to drown out the sounds of the late nighters.
  • Stereo/iPod dock: Sometimes the laptop speakers don't quite cut it. Be sure to bring headphones as well.
  • Room Fresheners: Please note that these should have approval from roommates. If there is not roommate approval, then they are not permitted for use.
  • Trash Can: These aren't provided for each individual room.


  • Pillows, extra-long twin sheets, a comforter, and extra blankets.
  • Remember that ALL beds mattresses are extra-long twin size when you purchase bedding items.

Clothing & Laundry:

  • Be sure to pack clothing for ALL TYPES of weather and activities during the school year. It can get as high as the 100's or as low as subzero.
  • BRING A HEAVY JACKET, as well as boots, gloves and a hat.
  • A rain jacket, umbrella, and sunglasses are essentials.
  • If you plan to exercise during the year, make sure to pack plenty of workout clothes.
  • Hand towels, bath towels, shower sandals, and a bathrobe.
  • For laundry, pack detergent and dryer sheets, as well as a laundry basket or bag.


  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, soap, shaving cream, razor, contact lens case, contact solution, comb/brush, blow dryer, hair gel/spray.
  • Toothbrush case, soap case, extra razor blades, cotton swabs, nail clippers, Band-Aids, Kleenex, and a bath tote (it is nice way to keep stuff together).
  • Prescription medicine, over the counter medicine for headaches and allergies, sunscreen, body lotion.  Be sure prescriptions are in original bottles with your name on the label.

Desk & School Supplies:

  • Computer or laptop, computer or laptop lock, laptop case, pens, pencils, paper for taking notes, binders and folders for handouts and notes.
  • We recommend a surge protector for computer equipment.
  • Scissors, tape, stapler, ruler, paper clips, envelopes and stamps, calendar, sticky notes.
  • It's a very good idea to purchase something to backup computer files, such as a portable USB storage device.

What NOT to bring:

  • Cooking equipment with an exposed heating coil (toaster ovens, hot plates, steam cookers, deep fryers, electric skillets, space heater, gas or charcoal grills, etc.).
  • Halogen lamps, electric heaters, candles, incense, propane canisters, lighter fluid, charcoal, live Christmas trees, ceiling fans, air conditioners, and hookahs.
  • TV wall mounts, HDTV wall mounts, wall-mounted shelving, wall-mounted mirrors, lofts or concrete blocks to elevate beds or other furniture.
  • Weapons of any kind (including handguns, rifles, shotguns, any firearms, knives, darts, archery equipment, B-B guns, air guns, pellet guns (metal or plastic), paintball guns, fireworks, etc.).
  • Animals or pets (fish are the only pets allowed in a 10-gallon capacity aquarium or less).
  • Alcoholic beverages: Students 21 years of age or older are permitted to have alcoholic beverages in the privacy of their rooms, but only if all roommates and/or visitors are also 21 years of age or older.
  • Illegal substances, drug paraphernalia, and empty alcoholic beverage containers or other prohibited decorative containers,
  • Regular extension cords – use power strips with a built in breaker that is U.L. approved
  • Wireless routers.