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 from bedloft.com. Check out Bedloft.com to make your reservation.

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

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  • 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
  • Rolls of quarters for laundry
  • Flip flops
  • Toilet paper and bathroom cleaning supplies if you have a private bathroom
  • Trash bags


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


  • Backpack or messenger bag
  • Desk lamp
  • Decor – photos, pillows, posters, rug or a bean bag chair
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A few (microwave safe) eating and cooking utensils
  • 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
  • Medical kit: digital thermometer, aspirin and/or ibuprofen, band-aids, gauze tape, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, reusable hot/cold pack, anti-diarrhea medicine, antihistamine, decongestant, antacid, throat spray/lozenges, cough medicine, tissues and any prescription medications

Things to leave at home:

  • Hot surfaced appliances, such as hot plates, space heaters, George Foreman Grills, electric frying pans, etc.
  • Room-size air conditioners (window and/or floor units)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Candles
  • Hunting equipment/firearms/weapons
  • Waterbeds
  • Grills
  • Pets (other than fish)
  • Air fryer

4) Make sure you’ve signed up for a meal plan. If not, check out https://indstate.sodexomyway.com/dining-plans/index.html for more information on how to get a meal plan.

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 Contract.

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.

10) Make sure to bring your ISU student ID. Students WILL need their ISU ID to check-in at their residence hall.


Residential Life

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Residential Life: (812) 237-3993 or toll-free (888) 824-3920

Residential Life Office
218 N 6th St.
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Fax: (812) 237-8525
Email: Reslife@indstate.edu

Residence Hall Front Desk Numbers

Blumberg (812) 237-2420
Cromwell (812) 237-2354
Rhoads (812) 237-6222
Mills (812) 237-5999
Burford (812) 237-5371
Pickerl (812) 237-6111
Erickson (812) 237-3031
Sandison (812) 237-2068
Hines (812) 237-5666
Jones (812) 237-5777
Lincoln Quad (812) 237-5888

University Apartments

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Telephone UA Office: (812) 237-2443

University Apartment Office
Box 107 201 Crawford Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807

Fax: (812) 237-4943
Email: Reslife@indstate.edu

UA After Hours Duty Line: (812) 229-2041

Duty Hours:
Monday-Friday 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Weekends 24 hours
Holidays 24 hours

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