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What to Bring to Campus

1) Students should get in touch with their roommate to discuss and determine who is bringing the refrigerator, the microwave, the Xbox, etc.

2) Students should decide if they will rent a loft for their bed. Bed lofts will be available in the Housing Portal in mid-June on a first come, first serve basis.

3) Start packing! Some recommended items to bring along with you might include:

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Health and Safety

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Face coverings (if needed)
  • Go-bag with necessities (In the event a student needs to go to quarantine or isolation)
  • Medical kit: digital thermometer, aspirin and/or ibuprofen, band-aids, gauze tape, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, reusable hot/cold, anti-diarrhea medicine, antihistamine, decongestant, antacid, throat spray lozenges, cough medicine, tissues, and any prescription medications.


  • Alarm clock
  • Laptop
  • Flash drive
  • Cell phone and charger
  • TV with HDMI port or wireless capabilities
  • Surge protector


  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket and detergent

Bathroom Gear

  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Flip flops
  • Toilet paper and bathroom cleaning supplies if you have a private bathroom
  • Trash bags


  • Extra long twin sheets and pillowcases; deep pocket sheets also fit
  • Blanket
  • Bedspread
  • Pillows


  • Backpack or messenger bag
  • Desk lamp
  • Decor – photos, pillows, posters, rug or a bean bag chair
  • A few (microwave safe) eating and cooking utensils. Any appliances such as coffee pots, instapots, air fryers, etc. must have an enclosed heating element and an auto-off switch
  • Multiple umbrellas (one for the room and one for your bag)
  • Fan
  • Compact refrigerator, maximum capacity 3.5 cubic feet; maximum amperage 1.5 amp
  • Microwave; not to exceed 700W
  • School supplies - notebooks, binders, pencils, colored pencils, a calculator, pens, and a black marker
  • Light cleaning supplies – glass and surface cleaners, dusters
  • Food items (such as macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, soup, cereal, crackers etc) to ward off hunger and the urge to order delivered foods
  • Small lock-box for prescriptions and other valuables
  • If desired, a bicycle and an appropriate lock (we recommend U-Locks for bicycles)

Things to leave at home:

  • Hot surfaced appliances, such as hot plates, space heaters, George Foreman Grills, electric frying pans, etc. All appliances and electrical devices must have an enclosed heating element and an auto-off switch.
  • Room-size air conditioners (window and/or floor units)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Candles and incense
  • Hunting equipment/firearms/weapons
  • Waterbeds
  • Grills
  • No pets other than fish unless they are an approved ESA

4) Confirm your meal plan choice in the housing portal by July 1. Please go to to learn more about the meal plan options available to you.

5) Obtain your ISU Parking Permit (if you are bringing a car). You can do this online by clicking here.

6) Make sure to write down or photograph items of value. Record make and model of electronics.

7) Check and make sure your parent’s homeowner’s policy covers items in your residence hall room. If not, it is suggested that you invest in renter’s insurance. ISU Residential Life do not assume responsibility for damages to personal belongings as per Residential Life Housing Agreement.

8) Bringing a bike to campus? Remember to bring a lock and register it with Public Safety.

9) Remember to secure an appliance dolly. Contact friends, family, neighbors, moving companies or mom and pop appliance stores to see about borrowing/renting one.


Residential Life Office

Erickson Hall
Phone: 812-237-3993
Fax: 812-237-8525
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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