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What to bring (and not) to bring to campus

Here are some items that students typically consider bringing.  Your list may be shorter or longer, depending on your needs:

Alarm clock
Bed linens (extra long) and blanket
Cleaning supplies (all-purpose cleaner, paper towels, dust cloths, broom/dustpan)
Clothes basket or bag
Clothes hangers
Coffee maker (with automatic shut-off feature)
Computer (Information Technology Services has specification recommendations)
Dish detergent
Eating/cooking utensils
Extension cords (6ft. or under, UL-approved only)
Futon (Can also be purchased through
Handy Tack, rubber cement, or 3M "Command" removable adhesive products for posters (3M products should NOT be used in Swanson or Parkander)
Key chain/holder
Lamps for desk and bed (compact fluorescent bulbs strongly recommended; NO halogen bulbs)
Laundry supplies, including High Efficiency (HE) laundry detergent
Mattress pad
Medical items (Band-Aids, sunblock, cold/fever/stomach medications, prescription medication)
Microwave (one per room) (Can be rented through
Multipurpose storage items (trunks, stackable shelves, etc.)
Paper products (tissues and paper towels)
Plastic food containers to store perishable food
Posters, pictures, photos
Radio, stereo, or iPod
Refrigerator (4.3 cubic feet or smaller, one per room, 3 amp max.)(Can also be rented through
Rugs/carpet without pad
Shower sandals
School supplies, including pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, backback, etc.
Small bucket or container for toiletries
Towels and washcloths
UL-approved power strips with surge protectors
Umbrella or rain gear
Vacuum cleaner (small size)Water Bottle

Note: Students requiring injected medication must use medical needle disposal containers. These containers are free of charge and available at the Office of Residential Life.

Some items that you should leave at home:

Air conditioners (if you need air conditioning for medical reasons, please contact our office immediately) 
Alcoholic beverages, containers, bars, or paraphernalia 
Candles (wickless and LED candles are permitted) 
Electric ovens or appliances with exposed heating elements (this includes Pizzazz)
Electrical appliances rated over 6 amps or 800 watts, except computers*
Firearms, weapons or fireworks 
Grills (indoor grills as well as outdoor models) 
Halogen lamps
Illegal drugs or prescription drugs used for illegal purposes
Incense or potpourri pots (this includes Scentsy)
Large power tools
Lighter fluid or other flammable materials
Ozone generators (air cleaners)
Pets (only small fish and documented service/support animals are permitted)
Refrigerators over 4.3 cubic feet or 3 amps
Satellite dishes
Space heaters
Toasters or toaster ovens (this includes Pizzazz)

* Some of our buildings, like Andreen and Seminary Halls, were built when electrical usage needs in each room were significantly less. In these buildings especially, the total electrical usage should not exceed 8 amps or 1000 watts at any given time. Generally, this limitation will still allow for one refrigerator, one microwave, a small stereo system and a TV per room, plus a few lamps. Hair dryers, which are very high-wattage devices, should be used in the bathroom areas only.