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What to Bring to Campus

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Gather your college comforts.

Preparing for college can be exciting, and maybe a little daunting to plan out. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of essential items that you should consider bringing with you, and those things you should leave at home!

Move-in Information

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College Packing List


These are items we suggest you bring to ensure you can be comfortable while also adding your personality to your space.

  • Extra-long twin sheets
  • Comforter or blankets
  • Pillows
  • Clothing, shoes, luggage
  • Towels & washcloths
  • Bath mats
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Flashlight
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Power strips*
  • Cell phone & charger
  • Laptop computer
  • School supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, etc)
  • Small lockbox
  • Toilet paper

*Only three-prong grounded power strips with circuit breaker allowed.

Additional Items

The following are items you may want to coordinate with your roommate.

  • Television - SpectrumU TV supported streaming device
  • Small refrigerator Energy Star certified, no larger than 2-4 cubic feet
  • Small microwave Energy Star certified
  • Dishes - pots, pans, flatware & utensils
  • Small snow shovel for the trunk of your car (if you bring a car)
  • Cleaning equipment - vacuum cleaner, broom, mop
  • Games & recreational equipment
  • Personal items (pictures, posters, luggage)

What's Not Allowed

While packing, it's important to be aware of the items that are not allowed on campus. The following items are prohibited:

  • Alcohol*
  • Illegal drugs
  • Candles, incense or any open flame
  • Open-coil cooking & heating appliances
  • Electrical appliances of excessive wattage
  • Halogen lamps
  • Two-prong, ungrounded extension cords
  • Weapons, including martial arts weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Flammables (gasoline & propane)
  • Personal bed bunking/lofting equipment
  • Pets**

*Alcohol is not allowed in Residence Halls or in the possession of underage students. It is allowed in apartments for residents of legal drinking age.
**Pets are not allowed, except for non-dangerous fish in an aquarium no larger than 29 gallons and approved emotional support animals.

Nick Lauer

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If you have questions while your packing for college, it's better to ask than to assume. Send us a message!

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