Packing 101: What to Bring

Residence hall rooms have a bed which can be lofted and bunked, desk, desk chair, dresser, closet space, wastebasket, mini-blinds, and internet and cable TV access.

While we encourage you to bring things that will make your room your own, try not to bring everything you own! If there are clothes in your closet that you have not worn in the last two years, leave them there! You will see that your room does not have a lot of extra space for items that have not been used in a while.

Move-In Day 2010

We also encourage you to contact your roommate to see what he or she is bringing. There is no need for both of you to bring TVs, stereos, and so on. It will save space in your room.

The following list includes those items that other college students have found helpful in their transition to college.

Bed and Bath
  • Extra long twin sheets for a mattress that measures 36" x 80".
  • Pillow(s), blankets, comforter, and towels
  • Bathroom caddy/basket to carry shampoo, soap, creams and lotions to the bathroom. The best are wire mesh caddies that you can bring into the shower with you and will let the excess water drain out
  • Flip-flops or shower sandals, as you will be sharing the bathroom with other people
  • Alarm clock—you don't want to be late for those early morning classes!
Laundry and Closet
  • All-weather clothing. It can get warm in the summer and cold in the snowy winter. A multi-layer coat, winter clothing and boots are always a good idea
  • Umbrella/Waterproof coat
  • Iron, portable ironing board and hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket, laundry detergent (high efficiency) and dryer sheets
Desk and Computer
  • Laptop/Computer (including your operating system disks in case you have a computer problem once you get here) and chargers
  • Surge protector
  • Desk lamp (compact florescent or LED recommended)
  • Desk supplies such as scissors, tape, ruler, stapler, envelopes, Post-it notes, pens, pencils, paper, etc.
Kitchen
  • Small refrigerator (4.6 cubic feet or less)
  • A cup, plate, bowl, fork, knife, spoon and mug (plastic is always good). While there are cooking facilities in each building, pots, pans, plates, and utensils are not provided.
  • Coffee makers (must have an automatic shut-off function)
Miscellaneous
  • Personal items to make your room feel comfortable, such as posters, pictures, and plants. We recommend that you hang items with 3M removable items (hooks, picture hangers, etc) or blue painter's tape. No nails or other type of tape are allowed.
  • Cellphone/chargers, camera, TV and other entertainment items
  • Small rug or room slippers
  • Fan
  • Cleaning supplies
  • If you plan to bring upholstered furniture (futons, comfy chairs, couches), they must be certified flame retardant (per CAL 133 - ATSM E 1537 standards - must bring certificate with you)
  • Bike and bike lock (U-Lock can be picked up at CWRU Police when you register your bike)
  • Your passport/driver's license and social security card (you will need these to be able to work on campus)
  • Personal prescriptions and general medications
What Not to Bring
  • Halogen lamps (the hot bulb poses a fire hazard)
  • Extension cords
  • Hot plates, toaster ovens, George Foreman grills, sandwich makers, rice cookers and microwaves (for health and safety reasons, these items are not permitted in the first and second year residence halls)
  • Candles and incense
  • Curtains (mini-blinds are provided)
  • Dogs, cats, ferrets, or animals that require a heat lamp. Only small caged animals and fish are allowed in the residence halls (a pet registration form is required along with approval from your roommate and Residential College Coordinator). Pet registration forms are available on CampusGroups. If you require an assistance animal, please contact the Office of Disability Resources for approval.
  • Illegal drugs, fireworks, firearms or weapons of any kind
  • Space heater
  • Alcohol (if you are under 21)