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What to Bring/What Not to Bring

Release Date:
8/2/2012 12:00 AM

School’s out for summer…and for the high school seniors about to head to college, it can only mean one thing – it’s time to pack! If you are lucky, and have a sibling or cousin graduating from college this year, it means you will probably inherit a lot of the things you need to bring to campus. If not, don’t worry, we’ve put together a handy list to bring along for all of your college shopping trips, and included some suggestions as to how these items can be useful. Make a checklist for yourself with some of these must-have items (and a reminder of what to leave at home) as you count down the days until you move in! 

What to Bring:

Alarm Clock: You do want to make it to class on time, right?

Bedding (XL twin sheets) & Pillows: Your bed will also probably end up serving as a couch—extra
pillows are always good to have!

Study Lamp (NOT halogen or the “octopus lamps” with plastic light covers): Brighten up your room and your day and get some work done in the process.

Desk Supplies & Stationery: This could include your notebooks for classes, Post-its, binders, pens, you name it!

Laundry Bag & Supplies: Note to self...find out how to do laundry before move-in day.

Bath Items & Other Toiletries/Towels: Do your roommate(s) a favor…use these regularly. (Cleaning supplies are also strongly encouraged)

Posters & Pictures: Decorating your residence hall room (or at least your share of the wall space) to reflect your style or your favorite sports teams is a great way to feel more at home.

Academic Supplies, of Course! Hint: Textbooks can now be rented for a fraction of the cost of a new book! Explore all your options before purchasing.

Refrigerator (3.0 cubic feet or less): Comes in handy for preserving your late night snacks.

Microwave (one per room): Check with your future roommates before move-in day to see if someone already has this shareable item!


What Not to Bring:

Pets (Fish Bowl Only):  Nemo can come to school with you, but your furry friends will need to stay home!

Air Conditioners (unless pre-approved): Fans are okay if you need to beat the heat.

Space Heaters: Extra blankets will do the same job more safely and with less electricity; safe and sustainable!

Candles: Even unlit candles can be a fire hazard. Try the flameless scented candles instead.

Grills of any kind: Sorry, George Foreman!

Alcohol Bottle Collections: If you’re a freshman, you probably shouldn’t have one of these anyway.

Open Coil Cooking Units: This includes coffee pots with an open burner; coffee makers that brew directly into your mug and heat from within are okay.

Waterbeds: How would you transport that anyway?

Laser Guns/pointers: They’re hazardous to your eyes, afterall!


For a complete list of do’s and don’ts, check out the Student Handbook’s Residential Life section on our website: