Move-in Packing List



Packing to move to residence can be stressful because you don't want to forget anything!  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, drop us a line at 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).

What to Bring

  • Personal toiletries and hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Bath towel, hand towel and facecloths 
  • A printer cord to connect directly to your printer.
  • Headphones
  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack
  • Bicycle and bike lock (although you probably won’t need a bike to get around, you can walk to anywhere you need to go in 15 minutes or less!) 
  • Blankets, sheets, pillows, etc.  All beds are standard twin size. 
  • Clothes hangers
  • Dishes, cutlery, mugs and glasses
  • Reusable beverage container
  • A bar-size fridge for your snacks and drinks 
  • Health card and other forms of personal identification
  • Additional lamps and lighting (no halogen lamps) 
  • Laundry basket and supplies (detergent, etc.)
  •  A power bar
  • Pens, pencils, and other school necessities
  • Personal computer
  • Pictures, posters, things to personalize your room
  • Printer and printing supplies
  • Recreation equipment (footballs, Frisbee, etc.)
  • Shower shoes (betcha didn’t think of that one!)
  • Snacks
  • Toilet paper (it is supplied, but some folks like their own brand!)
  • Umbrella
  • University documents (including your room assignment information!)
  • A personal fan
  • Storage containers 
  • Clothes for hot and cooler weather

For health reasons, we also recommend you bring:

  • 14 day supply of any prescription or over-the-counter medication you normally use
  • Antipyretics and analgesics for fever, myalgias, and headaches
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is the preferred first-line medication; however, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) use such as ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) or naproxen (Aleve®) is acceptable if symptoms do not respond to acetaminophen
  • Cold and flu medications, such as decongestants or throat lozenges
  • Reusable water bottle(s) - it is important to stay well hyrdated!

Residence First Aid Kit

  • 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 
  • Drug paraphernalia (such as pipes, vaporizers, bongs, etc.)
  • Drum sets
  • Electric/gas heaters or heat lamps 
  • Explosives (fireworks, etc.)
  • Large exercise equipment (including treadmills, stationary bikes, step machines, “Bowflex” etc.)
  • Large pieces of furniture (ie. folding tables)
  • Halogen lamps - they pose a fire hazard 
  • Hot tubs
  • Kitchen appliances for use in your bedroom, including toaster, microwave, freezer, laundry machines, hot plate, sandwich maker, 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 (they won’t work) 
  • 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.

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