Northeastern Residence Life
Residence Life

What to Bring

Your college dorm room will be your home away from home! Start by knowing what you can and cannot bring and begin preparing for your college move-in day beforehand in order to reduce stress and make your move-in experience as easy as possible.

Living on campus and being away from home can be an exciting, challenging, and nerve-wracking experience, especially for first-time students. Sharing a room with someone new, gaining more independence, and making new friends are just some of the things you can look forward to while living in the dorms, but these can also be stressful.

Being prepared before moving into your dorm will help ease some of the stress that you and your family will be feeling during the move-in process. Below are some suggestions on what to bring when moving into your college dorm room. It is recommended you communicate with your assigned roommate in order to not have to bring everything yourself and to make sure you do not end up with two of one item.

Some suggestions of what to bring when moving into college:

  • Bedding - this includes the a bedspread, sheets, extra blankets, pillows and pillow cases, and mattress pad. The mattress size is a Twin XL (39" x 80").
  • Storage bins
  • Alarm clock
  • Full-length mirror
  • Fan
  • Throw rugs or area rug
  • Wastebasket and trash liners
  • Laundry bag/basket, laundry detergent, dryer sheets
  • Television (1 cable hookup per room - bring coaxial cable)
  • Small refrigerator - one per room (4 cu. ft.)
  • Microwave - one per room (700 watts or less)
  • Power Strip with surge protection
  • Extension cord
  • Computer (bring an ethernet cable)
  • iPad
  • Telephone (line hookups are provided except for Blue Spruce Hall) or cell phone
  • Cups, plates, bowls, silverware, tupperware, and napkins
  • Dish soap
  • Cleaning supplies and paper towels
  • Towels, robe, flip flops, or other footwear for the bathroom
  • Bathroom shower caddy to carry soap, shampoo, brushes, combs, and other items for the communal bathroom
  • Bicycles are allowed in the halls and can be stored in the dorm room
  • First Aid Kit
  • School supplies

No metal tacks, fasteners, screws, or nails are permitted. You may use a removable mounting putty or command strips, as these products do not usually remove paint or cause damage to walls. Please test the product on one area of your wall before using in multiple areas. You can be held financially responsible for any damages made to your walls.

What is not allowed in dorm rooms:

  • Candles, open flames, or incense
  • Toaster/ Toaster Oven
  • Coffee maker (A Keurig is acceptable to bring.)
  • BBQ grill
  • Space heater
  • Air conditioner
  • Hot plate
  • Anything with open coil