What to Bring

Moving In

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

Suggestions because of the current pandemic

  • Minimum belongings for the semester
  • Suitcases, flattened boxes or storage bins adequate to pack all possessions quickly if necessary
  • A minimum of 7 cloth facemasks.
  • Disinfecting wipes or cleaning rags and disinfectant
  • Hand soap and hand sanitizer
  • Thermometer
  • Over-the-counter meds such as fever-reducers cough suppressants, and saline nose spray.
  • "Go bag" - All Students should have a “go bag” that remains packed and ready in case they are instructed to move for quarantine or isolation purposes. Frostburg State University will be partnering with a local hotel to support quarantining if needed.This bag should include:
    1. 2 changes of comfortable clothes (others should be brought but have 2 ready to go at all times)
    2. Toiletries
    3. A plate, cup, bowl, and set of silverware
    4. Activities (book, coloring book, origami paper, something that will bring you joy)
    5. Preferred snacks (meals will be provided, but you can bring your own snacks if you have favorites)
    6. A list of other last-minute things to grab specific to you pinned to the top of the bag. Some suggestions: Needed electronics, Medications, Pillow, Chargers, Phone, extra clean clothe

Brownsville Hall Residents

  • Please bring bathroom cleaning supplies and toilet paper. Residents will be expected to keep their suite bathrooms clean.

General Room Items

  • UL-listed plastic waste paper basket
  • Fan - either a box or a windowsill model, no air conditioners.
  • Posters or other decorating items with command strip hangers
  • Cell phone and charger cable(s)
  • Surge protector/power strips with circuit breakers and long reach cables for computer, electronics, etc. must be grounded or surge protected.
  • Small flashlight, extra batteries
  • Area rug (6’ by 9’ is usually sufficient)
  • Basic tools – Screwdriver, pliers, hammer, multi-use tool
  • Portable shelves/Stacking storage units
  • Full-length mirror with over the door hanger

Entertainment Supplies

  • Television (smart TV or roku stick needed to connect to IPTV)
  • 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, not in student room)
  • Games: a deck of playing cards, board games, etc.

Clothes and Linens Items

  • Selection of clothing for season including cold weather clothing
  • Rain gear/umbrella, boots, coat, jacket, swimsuit, sports workout clothes
  • Bed sheets (extra-long twin size), 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.
  • Landry detergent (high efficiency machines)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Computer with wireless connectivity; routers in rooms do have 3 Ethernet cord plug-in spaces as well
  • Flash drive or external hard 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, 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
  • Reusable water bottle, snacks and soft drinks

Personal Items

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

What NOT to bring

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 student conduct 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)
  • Weapons
  • Open-coiled and open hot plate appliances such as toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates. 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.
  • Pets other than fish in 10 gallon or smaller tanks.