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What To Bring & What Not To Bring To College

Moving away from home can be very confusing and hectic. What should I bring? Will I need this? What's in the room already? These are just a few of the questions which students and parents battle over prior to coming to school.

The following will help students develop a good idea of what they will need to bring to housing and what they need to leave at home.

We suggest talking to roommates about items you may want to share to save space.



Alarm Clock

In residence halls – appliances such as grills, toasters, mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker with hot plate, etc


Amplified instruments

Desk-top study lamp

Air conditioning units

Blankets, pillows & sheets for extra-long twin bed

Candles, lanterns or other fire hazards

Ear plugs

Extension cords (without an internal circuit breaker)


Halogen lamps or multi head lamps with three or more bulbs

Towels & washcloths

Firearms, knives, or other weapons of any kind

Electronic devices (television, radio, laptop)

Paintball guns, air-guns, BB guns

Power strips with built-in circuit breakers for electronics

Dart boards

Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, etc.)


Shower caddy

Cooking appliances with an exposed heating element

Laundry supplies (detergent, basket, hangers)

Alcohol if living in a dry space

Poster putting for hanging posters and photos (nails and tacks may result in damage)

Illegal drugs or paraphernalia

Kitchen supplies for cooking in apartments

Pets of any kind except fish in 10 gallon or smaller aquariums

Emergency kit (Band-Aids, bottled water, flashlight, batteries, etc.)

Cleaning supplies

Single cup brewing systems with no hot plate  

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