What to Bring to Campus

What to bring to campus and what to leave at home!

We could never list all the items you might need while here, but this list should help you get started on what to bring to campus and what to leave at home. We strongly suggest looking at the floorplan of your assigned room and checking out the information page for each residence hall before you purchase anything. Also, many of these items can be shared, so please talk to your future roommates!

We've made some changes for 2020/21. Please look for items with an asterisk, indicating they're new for this year. 



  • Backpack or shoulder bag
  • School supplies (Remember we sell lots of great stuff at the bookstore in case you forget anything!)
  • Calendar or planner
  • Keychain and vertical ID card holder
  • Umbrella, raincoat, and boots for our occasional rainy days
  • *Face coverings
  • *Go-bag: a bag with spare sheets, charger, toiletries and medications that can be taken with you in the event of a hurricane evacuation or move to an isolation space

Bed and Bath Items:

  • Check your room layout and bed size to determine which type of sheet set you should bring. (Our mattresses are all foam and super comfortable, but some students like to have a mattress pad as well.)
  • Pillow
  • Blankets or comforter (machine washable and small enough to fit in the laundry machines)
  • Towels
  • Bath mat
  • Shower tote or caddy
  • Small wastebasket
  • Toiletries and first aid items
  • Decorative shower curtain (We provide a regular shower liner.)
  • Personal cleaning supplies
  • The College provides toilet paper to all halls and houses.
  • *Personal thermometer
  • *Hand sanitizer

Laundry and Clothing Care:

  • Laundry detergent (We currently use high efficiency, front loading washers in the residence halls. Manufacturer's guidelines recommend high efficiency detergent - look for the “he” symbol - instead of traditional detergent.)
  • Fabric softener and stain remover
  • Laundry basket or laundry bag
  • Hangers (Hanging space is limited.)


  • Cell phone with charger
  • TV and any streaming devices you might have
  • Computer and/or tablet (Some students bring a printer.)
  • Headphones or earbuds
  • Surge protector (Extension cords of any kind are prohibited.)

Kitchen Items:

  • Coffee maker (Keurig style is allowed, but regular pot style is not.)
  • Personal pots, pans, baking sheets, pot holders, and cooking utensils (Check to see if you are living in a space that has a full kitchen.)
  • Can opener
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and plastic bags
  • Sponges, dish soap, and dish-drying rack
  • *Disposable plates, cups, mugs and utensils


  • Photos
  • Posters (We suggest using painter’s tape to adhere posters to walls so that you do not cause any damage to the walls.)
  • Desk lamp
  • Storage bins

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Vacuum cleaner, broom, mop, or other floor cleaners
  • Cleaning wipes or spray
  • Paper towels
  • Trash can (We provide trash bags in each hall and house.)

WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME (These items are not allowed.)

We will never be able to list everything you are not allowed to have on campus; however, here is a list of some common things we have seen that are not allowed. If you have a specific item you are not sure about, please call Campus Housing or Residence Life.

  • Appliances with open heating elements (e.g., electric woks, deep fryers, hot plates, toasters/toaster ovens, etc.)
  • Open flame devices: Candles, incense and candle warmers
  • Combustible fuels (e.g., gasoline, kerosene, etc.)
  • Decorative or empty alcohol containers
  • Pools or hot tubs
  • Grills (e.g., charcoal and gas, as well as George Foreman style)
  • Pets (Fish in a tank of 10 gallons or less are allowed.)
  • Space heaters, personal air conditioners, or halogen lights/lamps
  • Two-wheeled electric-powered scooters (e.g., Hoverboards)
  • Weapons, firearms or replicas, knives (except flatware), and fireworks
  • TV mounting brackets
  • Amplified music and drum sets
  • *Any additional furniture (such as upholstered furniture, futons, body pillows, soft seating)
  • *Rugs
  • **Mini fridges had originally been on the “Do Not Bring’ list for move-in, since they are provided; however, in consideration of quarantine protocols and other feedback, we have decided to allow students to bring their own, if they wish.