What To Bring & Not Bring To Your College Dorm Room

Before leaving for school find out what is allowed as well as what is FORBIDDEN.

Do NOT bring the following:

  • candles
  • incense and incense burners
  • halogen lamps
  • hot plates and toaster ovens
  • space heaters

Also, leave the family pet at home. Not even a goldfish is allowed in a dorm. Don’t even think about it.

Call your roommate to coordinate what to bring to make your new dorm room more like home. You may want to discuss the following:

Is your room carpeted? Should you bring a rug?

What about a dorm sized refrigerator?

How about sharing a computer, stereo, TV and VCR?

These are the things you SHOULD bring:

  • flashlight and batteries
  • small sewing kit
  • address book and calendar for your class schedule
  • alarm clock
  • bedding – pillow, sheets, blanket, mattress pad
  • towels and wash clothes
  • clothes hangers
  • laundry bag and laundry supplies
  • toiletries
  • shower caddy
  • desk supplies – paper, pencils, notebooks, stamps, computer paper, stapler, Post-It notes
  • phone – if the jack is in the room
  • fan
  • coffee maker – if permitted
  • kitchen utensils
  • extension cords and surge protector
  • desk lamp

Call your school’s residential life office to find out just what you can and cannot bring.