Suggested Packing List

Image: Students in the residence halls

Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase the things you need to live in the residence halls! It’s much easier to make most purchases at home, pack, and bring the items with you to campus. Should you forget something on arrival day, essential item shopping is available within three miles of campus and department store shopping is about 15 miles from campus. You can also visit and get great items for your room!

With all the confusion of moving in and for the benefit of others who may be carrying your load, it is wise to clearly label your belongings with your name, hall, and room number.  Keep in mind this is only a suggested  list of things to bring to campus, so don’t worry if you are not planning on bringing something on the list.    

General questions may be directed to the Office of Residence Life at 330.569.5232.

We Provide the following:

  • Bed frame and mattress (Twin, Extra Long 80″)
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Dresser
  • Closet/Armoire
  • Mirror
  • Shades or blinds
  • Ceiling light
  • Cable television port
  • Hardwired Internet connection port
  • Vacuums (available in each area office)
  • Kitchenettes on each floor provide a sink and microwave

Essentials to Bring With You

  • State ID/Driver’s License Passport, certified birth certificate, or Social Security card (needed to work on campus)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Automobile insurance card
  • Checkbook, debit card, and/or credit card
  • Prescriptions, medicine, and vitamins

Room Essentials

  • Comforter/Bed spread/Blankets
  • Bed Linens (Twin, Extra Long 80″)
  • Mattress Pad
  • Pillow(s) and pillow case(s)
  • Alarm clock
  • Flashlight
  • Electric fan
  • Desk or reading lamp (no halogens)
  • First aid kit with bandages, pain reliever, antiseptic
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Surge protectors (with a self-tripping circuit breaker)
  • Trash can and trash bags

Laundry Essentials

  • Laundry hamper/bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Stain remover
  • Fabric freshener (ie: Febreeze)

Kitchen Essentials

  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Antibacterial dish soap
  • Small sponges
  • Microwaveable plates/bowls/cups/mugs/reusable utensils
  • Plastic airtight containers
  • Zip locking bags

Suggested List of School Supplies

  • Book bag/back pack
  • Desk calendar (we provide a daily planner)
  • Calculator
  • White out
  • Stapler and extra staples
  • Staple remover
  • Sticky notes
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Pens/pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Dry erase markers
  • Notebooks/notebook paper/binders/folders
  • Paper clips and safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Index cards
  • Three hole punch

In Your Closet and Drawers

  • Hangers
  • Air freshener
  • Casual clothing (ie: jeans, t-shirts)
  • Socks and Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Swim suit
  • Semi-formal attire (dress shirt and tie/dress)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Slippers/house shoes
  • Shower shoes (flip flops)
  • Winter coat, gloves, hat, scarf
  • Winter boots
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket/hooded sweatshirts
  • Workout gear

Bathroom Essentials

  • Shower caddy
  • Bath towels
  • Bathrobe/large bath towel
  • Soap/shower gel
  • Wash cloths or shower puff
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hair care products
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and holder
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Comb/brush
  • Hair dryer, curling/flat iron (with auto shut off)
  • Contact lenses and solution


  • Music and headphones
  • Television and long coaxial cable
  • DVD/Blu-ray player
  • Movies
  • Video game systems and games
  • Mobile phone (and charger)
  • Wall decorations (pictures, posters, removable cling on decor, etc)
  • 3M Command strips/poster adhesive/non staining sticky tack (no nails or tacks in the walls, please)
  • Window treatments and expansion rods (shades/blinds provided)
  • Storage crates/boxes/under the bed storage
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini-refrigerator (3 cubic feet max, 117 volt, 60 cycle AC, 45 watts, 1.5 amp, hermetically sealed, self-lubricating compressor, 3’3″ high, 18″ wide, 21″ deep maximum)
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Playing cards/board games
  • Pleasure reading books
  • Small tool kit
  • Sports equipment
  • Sun screen and insect repellent
  • Address book
  • Dictionary/thesaurus

Items to Leave at Home

  • Electric skillet
  • Hot plate (any cooking unit with an exposed heating element. George Foreman grills are permitted in the kitchenettes only)
  • Immersion heating devices
  • Oil popcorn poppers
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Outlet adapters
  • Halogen lamps
  • Space heaters
  • Sun lamps
  • Wireless router
  • Cordless phones (of 2.4 gigahertz)
  • Low gauge extension cords (minimum 14 gauge)
  • Air conditioners (unless you have consent from the Health Center & Residential Education)
  • Candles
  • Potpourri burner/incense
  • Waterbeds
  • Lofts (where lofting is provided by the College)
  • Contact paper/wallpaper/wall paint
  • Stolen property (i.e. street signs)
  • Weapons (including small knives)/firearms/fireworks