What to Bring to Campus--and What NOT to Bring

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Turning a Residence Hall room into a home is an important part of on-campus life. Below, we have listed items that we recommend bringing. All of them fall within our safety and health requirements. If you have any questions about a particular item, please feel free to contact the Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services offices and we will be glad to assist you.

Every student may have different needs, but this gives you a good start of things to consider. Make sure to consult your roommate to avoid purchasing doubles of items! Items we consider essential are starred (*), and there are some items on the list below that students can check out from their residence hall front desk if needed.

Room and Bath Supplies

  • Pillow, comforter and blankets
  • Extra-long twin sheets (all beds are 80 inches long)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Bath mat for suite-style rooms
  • Area and/or throw rugs
  • Non-halogen lamp and light bulbs
  • Alarm clock
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Full-length mirror
  • Hangers
  • Toilet paper (provided in community bathrooms)
  • Trash can(s) and trash can liners
  • Plastic food storage containers with lids
  • Dishes and tableware
  • Can opener and ice cube trays
  • Auto-shutoff coffee pot or kettle
  • Blender, toaster and air popcorn maker
  • Posters and pictures
  • Message board and dry-erase markers
  • Calendar or planner
  • Pens, pencils, notepads, notebooks and binders
  • Backpack
  • Fan
  • Sports equipment
  • Umbrella or other rain gear

Laundry and Personal Hygiene Supplies

  • Detergent, fabric softener or dyer sheets (please do not bring 3-in-1 laundry sheets)
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Auto-shutoff iron
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shaving or makeup items
  • White-soled shower shoes and shower caddy
  • Prescription or over-the-counter medications
  • Thermometer and first-aid kit


  • BearPass card
  • Driver’s license
  • Checkbook
  • Insurance cards
  • Passport/visa
  • Social security card
  • Lock box


  • Computer and Ethernet cable
  • Calculator
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Power strip and surge protector (UL approved)
  • Camera
  • Gaming system
  • Music player, radio and alarm clock
  • DVD player
  • TV (Roku Ultra recommended)