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Pre-college Checklist

Move-In Day 2016

When helping your student prepare for college there are many items one might consider bringing. Here are some suggestions from the Residence Life Office:

General Room Items:

  • UL-listed plastic waste paper basket
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan - either a box or a windowsill model
  • Posters or other decorating items with command strip hangers - note: nothing is to be hung from the ceiling of your room or any pipes/fixtures                          
  • Cell phone and charger cable(s)
  • Surge protector/power strips with circuit breakers and long reach cables for computer, electronics, etc.
  • Small flashlight, extra batteries
  • Area rug (6’ by 9’ is usually sufficient)
  • Message board for your door (dry-erase/bulletin board)
  • Basic tools – Screwdriver, pliers, hammer, multi-use tool
  • Portable shelves/Stacking storage units
  • Full-length mirror
  • (Optional) Telephone with a ringer cut-off option, 12 foot cord suggested - see the Residence Life Office for phone service options

Entertainment Supplies:

  • Television w/ cable TV cord
  • Entertainment electronics - small stereo w/an iPod docking station; DVD or Blu Ray player; gaming system or radio
  • DVDs, video games, headphones, etc.
  • Bike and bike lock (must be stored outside or in available bike lockers, not in student room)
  • Games: a deck of playing cards, board games, etc.

Clothes and Linens Items:

  • Selection of clothes for season (cold weather clothes could be brought midway through the Fall semester)
  • Rain gear/umbrella, boots, coat, jacket, swimsuit, sports workout clothes
  • Bed sheets (extra-long twin size for Cambridge, Cumberland, Frederick, Frost, Simpson and Westminster halls; twin size for all other halls), egg-crate or memory foam mattress pad, pillow, bedspread, and blankets

Laundry Items:

  • Each hall has a laundry room with many washers and dryers available at no cost to the residents. These high-efficiency washers and dryers are provided by the Mac Gray Corporation ( and use the LaundryView ( system which allows students to monitor the status of their laundry from their room via a computer.
  • Laundry basket (mesh, pop-up)/duffel bag, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets
  • Clothes stain remover, clothes hangers, iron and table-top ironing board

Health and Beauty Supplies:

  • Towels and washcloths (at least two sets of each)
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, mouthwash, and facial tissues
  • First-aid kit, including bandages and over-the-counter pain relievers like Aspirin, Tylenol, or Ibuprofen; other medications, vitamins
  • Shampoo, soap and a soap dish, and a tote to carry bathroom essentials to and from the shower; shower shoes, hair dryer, curling iron

Office Supplies:

  • Desk lamp with metal shade
  • Computer with wireless connectivity; routers in rooms do have 3 Ethernet cord plug-in spaces as well
  • Printer and printer paper, USB cable, flash drive
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters, scotch and masking tape, scissors, ruler, paper clips, stapler,three-hole punch, rubber bands, note cards, post-it notes; scotch, masking, and duct tape
  • Notebooks, folders, binders, calculator, backpack/book bag, ruler
  • Planner/calendar/organizer/PDA, envelopes, postage stamps

Kitchen and Cleaning Items:

  • Utensils (knife, fork, spoon), cup, plate, bowl
  • Dish soap, paper towels, trash can and trash bags, Ziploc bags
  • Air freshener
  • Bottled water, snacks and soft drinks

Personal Items:

  • Include Residence Hall Room on Home Owners' Insurance,Bring insurance card/health insurance information
  • All necessary papers: financial aid forms, class schedule, campus map

Prohibited Items

The following items are ones that the Residence Life Office does not allow or permit students to bring. Should a student be found to have the following items within their residence hall room they could face judicial reprimands.


  • Gasoline, kerosene, ether, paints, propane or other volatile liquids
  • Open flame sources such as sterno, candles, incense, etc.
  • Overstuffed furniture (e.g. stuffed chairs, couches, bean bag chairs)
  • Open-coiled appliances such as toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates. Students may use items such as George Foreman grills within the residence hall kitchens. Items without open coils are permitted with student rooms.
  • Students are also cautioned not to hang items from ceiling fixtures, pipes, exit lights, smoke detectors, etc.