What to Bring and Not to Bring


We’ve provided a handy checklist for incoming, residential students. Of course every student may have different needs, but this gives you a good start. Items we consider essential are bolded. Double-check the “Do Not Bring” list and make sure to consult your roommate to avoid doubles of items like lamps or appliances!




  • Mattress pad
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Extra-long twin sheets
  • Comforter
  • Blanket
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower shoes/Flip flops
  • Shower caddy
  • Desk lamp & bulbs (non-halogen)

  • Floor lamp & bulbs (non-halogen)
  • Hangers
  • Mirror – full length
  • Trash can
  • Microwave (800 watts or less)
  • Compact refrigerator (3.1 cubic ft or smaller)
  • Posters
  • Coffee maker
  • George Foreman (House/Apartments Only; auto shut-off)
  • Toaster/ Toaster Oven (Apartments Only)

  • Can opener
  • Plastic food storage containers & lids
  • Microwavable dishes
  • Silverware
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Under-bed storage
  • Fan (large or clip)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hot plates (Apartments Only; auto shut-off)

Electronics & Keepsakes

  • Alarm clock
  • Stereo (NO subwoofer)/Bluetooth speakers
  • Cell phone charger
  • Computer/laptop & charger
  • Ethernet cable
  • Gaming system

  • Power strip with surge protector (UL approved)
  • Printer & ink cartridges
  • Computer paper
  • TV (with remote & manual)
  • Pictures
  • Stuffed animals

Computer Recommendations

When choosing a new laptop (Windows or Apple OS), make sure to consider the specifications that suit your needs. Look for a fast processor (e.g., Intel Core i5 or i7), at least 8GB of RAM (16GB if possible), and a solid-state drive (SSD) for quicker access to files. Additionally, check the laptop’s graphics capabilities if you work with graphics-intensive tasks frequently.  Windows 10 and/or upgradable to Windows 11.
It’s always a good idea to read reviews and compare different models to find the one that best fits your budget, preferences, and specific requirements.
Chromebooks and iPads are not recommended for classwork. There is also a 24/7 computer lab if you choose not to bring a computer. 

Laundry & Hygiene

  • Detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Fabric softener
  • Iron (auto shut-off)
  • Ironing board

  • Laundry basket/bag
  • COVID-19 effective cleaning supplies
  • Ear plugs
  • First aid kits
  • Electronic thermometer
  • Personal hygiene products


  • Credit/Debit cards
  • Drivers license
  • Insurance cards
  • Passport/VISA
  • Social security card
  • Lock box
  • Backpack
  • Pens/pencils

  • Spiral notebooks
  • Scissors/stapler
  • Dry erase board
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella/rain gear
  • Sports equipment
  • Sunglasses
  • Command hooks

Do Not Bring

Extension cords


Space heaters



Popcorn popper (besides air popper)


Guns (of any kind, pellet, water, paint)

Wireless routers