For New Students

What not to bring is equally as important as what to bring. Therefore, students, especially first-year students, are strongly encouraged not to bring everything on move-in day that they think they might need during the course of the year. Alumni & Family Weekend and scheduled holidays provide additional opportunities to bring back personal items.

Students should bring things that will help make the residence halls feel like home, but they shouldn't bring too much! On move-in day there will be many people to help students. To help make this process run smoothly, students must label everything with first and last name, building name, and room number (will be sent to students later in the summer).


Students should pack clothes, and in addition to everyday-wear, should bring:

  • One or two dressy outfits and shoes for more formal affairs (The President's Ball is held in September!)
  • Work-out clothes and shoes
  • Bathing suit
  • Light jacket
  • Rainwear
  • Winter coat and accessories


Students should consult with their roommate(s). Rooms will not accommodate multiple TVs, stereos, or other large items. The following is a list of suggested, not required, items.

  • Comforter/bedspread
  • Pillow
  • Bed linens for an extra long twin bed
  • Clothes hangers
  • Drinking glass/mug, a few dishes/bowls, and utensils
  • Poster putty
  • Plastic containers with lids for storage (stackable containers are good)
  • Headphones (so music does not bother others)
  • UL-approved power strip
  • Desk lamp or bed lamp
  • Small TV (12'-18') and VCR/DVD player
  • Stereo or speakers for computer
  • Fan
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm clock
  • Paper towels, tissues, and cleaning supplies
  • Sewing kit, scissors, safety pins
  • Message board

Personal Care

Students will be sharing bathrooms and laundry facilities with other students.

  • Bathrobe
  • Shower shoes
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Soap and/or body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Small bucket for carrying shower items
  • Facial tissues
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Dishwashing detergent


  • Acne cream
  • Antacid
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Bandages
  • Cold medicine
  • Contact lens solution
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cough drops
  • Eye drops
  • Health insurance card
  • Pain reliever (ibuprofin, acetaminophen)
  • Prescription medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Vitamins
  • Non-mercury thermometer

For School

  • Binders, folders, paper, pens, pencils
  • Dictionary, thesaurus
  • Backpack/bookbag
  • Calculator
  • Personal planner


  • Ethernet (Internet) cable
    • The campus has wireless access, however, a wired connection always provides a better/truer connection and will work if wireless ever goes out.
  • Computer (laptop, with lock, recommended)
  • Storage device (CD/RW or memory stick)

Good Things to Have

Students should think about daily activities and hobbies and pack items such as the following:

  • Access to money (i.e., bank account, bank card, credit card, etc.)
  • Umbrella
  • Key ring
  • Camera
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Sports/recreation equipment (also available for check-out at the RecPlex)
  • Snacks for your room

What Not to Bring - The Following Items Are Not Allowed in Freshmen Residences

  • Halogen bulbs and/or lamps
  • Hotplates
  • Toasters
  • Toaster ovens
  • Electric frying pans
  • "George Foreman" or similar-type grills
  • Microwave ovens and refrigerators (only the University- issued micro-fridge is permitted)
  • Air conditioners
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Candles
  • Pets (other than fish in a container of 10 gallons or less)
  • Waterbeds
  • Routers, Switches, and Wireless Printers
    • The entire campus has wireless access. Wi-Fi enabled printers will not work wirelessly on campus, but will still work when attached via a USB cable.

Please label your moving boxes, containers, and large bulky items with your name, building, and room number (will be sent to students later in the summer).

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