What to Bring & What Not to Bring

You’ve got your clothes packed, some personal items that you plan to decorate your room with, and you may have an idea as to what books you need to buy for your classes – but what else do you need to bring with you? Most first time college students don’t know what they should bring with them to college when they’re living on campus, especially when college is a long distance from home and one can’t travel back and forth too easily.

When it comes to packing, there are a few things that you should bring with you and a few things that you can leave at home. Below are just a few items that we feel you shouldn’t leave home without (and some you should).

Room Needs/Storage

Bedside lamp

Alarm clock/clock radio

Mini trash can

Storage bins

Under-the-bed storage trays

Desk lamp


Drying rack for laundry

Bulletin board and pushpins

Dry-erase wall calendar/board

Mini toolkit (including screwdriver, hammer, wrench)

Picture hangers (double-sided tape for concrete walls)

Linens/Laundry Supplies

Sheets and pillowcases (2 sets. Twin XL)

Towels (3 each of bath, hand and face)

Pillows (2)

Mattress pad (Twin XL)

Blankets (2)


Clothes hangers

Laundry bag/basket

Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover

Lint brush

Mini sewing kit



Printer (optional)

Portable speakers

HDMI cord, Ethernet cord for computer

Surge protector (power strip)

Extension cords

3-2 prong adapters

Cell phone

 Shared Items — Check with roommate(s)

Audio equipment

TV and DVD player

Small refrigerator (1.7 cu ft or smaller)

Area rug





Sports equipment


Small fish (10 gallon maximum tank size)

Don’t Forget

Important paperwork (insurance card,

driver’s license etc.)

Emergency contact numbers

Batteries (all sizes)

House key for home

Office/Desk Supplies

Electronic storage media such as USB drives

Stapler and staples

Printer paper (optional)

Pens and pencils

Pencil holder and sharpener


Folder with pockets

Labels of various sizes

3 × 5 index cards

Sticky notes

Paper clips and binder clips

Rubber bands



Highlighter pens (multiple colors)


Household and Kitchen Items

Trash bags

Light bulbs

All-purpose cleaner

Plastic storage bags

Food-storage containers

Dish soap

Wet wipes

Tissues/ Paper towels

Bowl, plate and cup


Silverware/Can/bottle opener


Pain relievers


First Aid Kit

Shower caddy/Shower shoes (flip-flops)

Shampoo and conditioner

Hair styling products

Bath and face soap

Toothpaste and toothbrush

Dental floss


Hair dryer/straightener/curling iron

Razor and shaving cream

Lotion and/or facial moisturizer



Shower Shoes

Rain Gear – Umbrella

Day-to-Day Clothing/Shoes

Sweats, Exercise Clothes

Casual or Work Clothes


Tip: Bring only what you may need for each season.

You’ll save a lot of space

What NOT to bring…

Alcohol/ illegal drugs or paraphernalia

Bottle or can collection

Candle warmer

Candles/wick lamps/incense

Cinder blocks


Electrical lighted window or wall art

Grill (any type)

Halogen bulbs and lamps

Hover boards/battery operated scooters

Microwave and toaster oven (shared microwaves provided in common areas)

Small appliances (toaster, coffee maker, etc.)

Weapons of any kind

More Information

If you have questions about what to bring or would like further information about student housing in general, please visit our contact page.