Move-in Packing List

Orientation Volunteer moving a fridge.

Let's make packing easy! 

Packing to move to residence can be stressful because you don't want to forget anything. To make it easier, we've created a handy list for you!  Please note that this list is just a guide to help you, based on input from our past first-year Gryphons. We've left off the "basics" like your clothes, shoes, and your cell phone! If there is anything that you're not sure about, send an email to or open up the Live Chat box through our website (bottom right chat box is open during office hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm).


Download a PDF Packing List Here

Download Move-In Labels Here


What to Bring

  • Personal toiletries and hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Masks, sanitizers, and wipes
  • Bath towels, hand towels, and facecloths
  • Headphones
  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack
  • Blankets, sheets, pillows, mattress cover. All beds are standard twin size, excluding Gordon Hall
  • Clothes hangers
  • Dishes, cutlery, mugs, and glasses
  • A bar-size fridge for your snacks and drinks
  • Health Card and other ID
  • Additional lamps and lighting (no halogen lamps)
  • Laundry basket and supplies (detergent, etc.)
  • A power bar
  • Pens, pencils, and other school supplies
  • Personal computer (laptop)
  • Pictures, posters, and things to personalize your room
  • Shower shoes
  • Snacks
  • Toilet paper (it is supplied, but some like their own!)
  • Umbrella
  • University documents (including your room assignment information and Move-In Map)
  • A personal fan
  • Storage containers
  • Clothes for hot and cooler weather
  • Reusable travel mug and water bottle


For students living in residences with a fully equipped kitchen (such as East Village and the East Residence Suites), you will also want to bring: 

  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Dish soap
  • Pots and pans
  • Groceries


Residence First Aid Kit

Bringing a first aid kit is a good idea for emergencies! Here is what we recommend you bring: 

  • A copy of your immunization record
  • Adhesive bandages (multiple sizes)
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing ≥60% alcohol
  • Antiseptic wound cleanser (for example, alcohol or iodine pads)
  • Tensor bandages for sprains
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Tweezers for removing splinters etc.
  • Allergy medication, such as an antihistamine, or epinephrine prescribed by your doctor, such as an Epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®) if indicated
  • 1% hydrocortisone cream to treat minor skin irritation, such as itching caused by bug bites or poison ivy
  • Antibacterial ointments or creams to apply to wounds to prevent infection
  • Cold and flu medications, such as decongestants or throat lozenges
  • Adequate supply of condoms
  • Ear plugs to reduce noise
  • Insect repellent containing DEET
  • Sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection, SPF 30 or higher


What NOT to Bring

  • More than one vehicle! 
  • Alcohol (during Orientation Week)
  • Alcohol paraphernalia (like funnels, pipes, bongs, drinking hats, etc.)
  • Beer bottles, bubbas, kegs, mini-kegs etc. 
  • Candles or incense - open flames are not permitted 
  • Drum sets
  • Electric/gas heaters or heat lamps 
  • Explosives (fireworks, etc.)
  • Large exercise equipment (treadmills, stationary bikes, Peloton, etc.)
  • Large pieces of furniture (ie. folding tables)
  • Halogen lamps - they pose a fire hazard!
  • Wireless printers and routers
  • Hot tubs
  • Kitchen appliances for use in your bedroom, including toaster, microwave, freezer, laundry machines, hot plate, sandwich maker, and indoor grill.  East Residence and East Village excepted because you have a full kitchen.  Small appliances can be used in kitchen lounges.
  • Landline phones or fax machines
  • Pets (except non-dangerous fish)
  • Satellite dishes
  • Water coolers
  • Water beds
  • Weapons


Important Notes

Keurig-type coffee makers?

Yes, you can bring them.  However, please use them in the residence kitchens and kitchenettes that are designed for this purpose.  Using a coffee maker (of any type) or other small kitchen appliances (kettles, toasters, etc.) may set off a fire alarm.


In a multi-occupancy room? 

Check with your roommates to avoid bringing duplicates! Only one fridge may fit in some rooms, you are strongly encouraged to share when possible and re-assess after move-in. 



Create a Move-In Label. This will help ensure your belongings are not lost during move-in.