Your Residence Hall Room: What You’ll Need

Packing for College

As you pack for move-in, think about comfort, maximizing space, and security. To pack accordingly, check with your institution for:

  • Packing lists
  • Move-in day information
  • Description of rooms and bathrooms

Retailers like Target, the Container Store, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond provide helpful shopping lists for anything from mattress pads to wall hooks and other items you might need to be comfortable in your small space. You will not need everything that they have included on their lists, so check with your school to see what they suggest you bring.

Example Checklists

Target College Checklist [pdf]

College Board: Off-to-College Checklist

Make It Personal

You’ll feel more comfortable and at home if you personalize your living space. Bed lofts, wall art, photos, added lighting, mini fridges, and digital lock boxes (for valuables you choose to bring like your smartphone, money, and small electronics) can make your space feel more homey, spacious, and secure. Talk to your roommate(s) over the summer to see what they plan to bring. You could discuss your theme and decor before moving in.

Medical Supplies

It’s also helpful to put together a container of medical supplies so you are prepared for all your health needs, including those that arise late at night after the health center has closed.

Make sure you restock your supplies as needed and check the expiration dates regularly to see what may need to be replaced.

If you forget anything, don’t worry! Your school may have vending machines on campus for medical supplies. You may also be able to access inexpensive over-the-counter medications and health supplies at the student health pharmacy or bookstore.