Items to Bring

If you or your student has never been in a residence hall room, you may be wondering what to bring on move-in day. We have compiled a list of items to bring, which is available on our website here

Almost as important as what to bring is what not to bring. Below is a list of items to bring and not to bring as well as some packing tips.

Items to Bring

  • Extra-long bedding
  • Alarm clock
  • Clothes hangers
  • Towels & washcloth
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Bathrobe & shower shoes
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Small toiletries container
  • Laundry basket/bag & detergent
  • Coffee mug & dishes
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Umbrella
  • Headphones
  • Flashlight
  • Dry Erase board
  • Cleaning supplies for room
  • Cleaning supplies for bathroom
  • Room decorations

Items NOT to Bring

  • Microwave (only allowed to be brought to Cambridge Standard Doubles, if <700 Watts)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Lamps with plastic lamp shades
  • Toaster*
  • George Foreman grill*
  • Pizza oven*
  • Sandwich makers*
  • Candles
  • Anything combustible
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Alcohol (if underage)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons
  • Space heaters
  • Appliances with exposed heating elements

*Allowed in East, Purin & Cambridge Upgrade suites if kept in kitchens. Purin, East and Cambridge Commons Upgrade suites kitchens and RiverView, North, South, and West Tower floor lounges are furnished with a microwave.

Optional Items to Bring

  • Coaxial cable for television
  • Computer with ethernet card & cable
  • Throw rug
  • Crates or stacking containers
  • Radio/stereo
  • Minifridge (max vol. 4 cubic ft)**
  • Camera, film, & batteries
  • Paper towels
  • Fan
  • Sewing kit, scissors, & safety pins
  • Personal sport equipment
  • Hot pot
  • Coffeemaker
  • Lamp for desk (not halogen or with plastic lampshade)
  • Power Strip
  • Extension cords

**Cambridge prohibits refrigerator because suites are furnished with a full-size refrigerator.

Packing Hint #1

Make sure all of your belongings are packed securely in boxes or sturdy baskets. During move-in you will have access to moving carts and plastic wrap. If you are able to easily stack your belongings on these carts and secure them with the wrap, you will significantly speed up the move-in process. Loose items are hard to transport in carts.

Packing Hint #2

You don’t need to bring all of your belongings during move-in! Bring what you know you will need, and then wait a few days until you have a better idea of how much space you have once your roommate has moved in. You can always bring more items after the official move-in period.