What to Bring

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Moving to college will go smoothly with the proper planning. You'll find the lists below useful for planning, shopping, and packing. There are many ways to customize your space with bedding, lamps, accessories and more. You can learn more about your room's standard features and amenities by visiting your respective residential community page. Visit our Residence Halls page to locate your personal community page. 
Move-In Tip: Students are strongly encouraged to clearly identify their assigned building and room number on all personal belongings for Move-In Day to ensure our #USAMoveIn volunteers are able to transport student belongings to the correct room.


Keep in mind you may not need every item on this list. For some, a shower caddy is essential while others will not see it as a necessity. The included items are here to serve as a guide in creating your personal "what to bring" list. It may be helpful to discuss some of these items with your roommate or suitemate (if applicable), as it may not be necessary for both of you to bring every item.

Sleeping Making it Your Home
squareBed Linens (check your Housing Contract Status for your Bed Size) squarePosters, photographs, and other decorations
squareStandard size shower curtain (78” length in Stokes Hall)

squareComforter and/or Duvet Cover
Mattress pad / Blanket / Pillow(s)
Alarm Clock

squareArea rug
squareLamp/light bulbs
squareHarmless varieties of fish (only pet allowed)

  Looking Your Best
Eating squareBathrobe / Shower Caddy
squareMicrowave (only provided in Delta 6) squareRain jacket / Rain boots / Umbrella
squareFavorite snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic)
squareTowels / Washcloths (at least 2 sets)
squareDish soap and towels squareShampoo, Conditioner,  Soap, Deodorant, etc.
squareCoffee Maker squareClothes hamper / Laundry bag / Clothes hangers

squareKitchen supplies, including plates, cups, bowls, utensils, can opener, chip clips, Ziploc bags, and storage containers

squareFood for quick and easy meals in your room (breakfast bars, sandwiches, Easy Mac, Ramen noodles, microwave meals, etc.)


squareClothing, shoes, outerwear, and accessories (You won't have room for your entire wardrobe, but you can trade your warm weather clothing for your cold weather clothing at fall break or Thanksgiving and then trade back at Spring Break or another trip home.)

squareKeep some transitional clothing on hand at all times for sudden changes in the weather.
squareComputer (with original software)
squareSchool Supplies (binders, pens, notebooks)
squareCamera / Batteries
squarePrinter, printer paper, and ink cartridges

squareUL Approved Power Strips/Surge protectors (extension cords are not allowed)

Cleaning squareCable splitter (if both roommates are bringing a TV) 
squareGarbage Can / Bags (main room and bathroom)
squareWireless Router (see recommended product
squarePaper Towels / Toilet Paper / Hand Soap
squareDVD or Blue Ray player/Music player/headphones

squareVacuum / Broom / Dust Pan / Mop / Toilet Brush

squareTelevision (and a coaxial cable)
squareIron (with auto-shut-off) / Small Ironing Board
squareCleaning Supplies (disinfecting wipes, air freshener, sponges, etc.) Miscellaneous
First Aid Kit / Sewing Kit
squareLaundry supplies (high efficiency [HE] detergent, fabric softener, stain removers, lint brush, laundry marking pen, drying rack, etc.)
squareStorage Bins - for under your bed/in your closet (30” maximum height under adjustable bed without lofting)


For the safety of all residents, please do not bring the following items. In addition, please remember that you may not plug multiple power strips together, alter smoke detectors, or remove furniture from the room. Please note: The following is NOT an exhaustive list of prohibited items. For a complete list, please visit our Community Standards page.
squareAlcoholic Beverages squareHot Plates or Toaster Ovens
squareWeapons (real or replicas) squarePotpourri or Scented Oil Warmers
squareOutdoor Grills/Charcoal squareHalogen Lamps or Space Heaters
squareExtension Cords or Multi-plug adaptors squarePets, except for harmless varieties of fish
squareCandles, Incense, or Fireworks
squareControlled Substances or Drug Paraphernalia, Hunting Bows, Air Guns, or Paint Ball Guns
squareLofted beds (unless rented through the vendor that meets University safety criteria)