Packing For College 101

Whether you’re moving from down the road or out of state, you want to pack everything you need to make your residence hall feel like home. Move-In Day can be hectic, but planning ahead can lessen the stress of packing and moving. We’ve gathered some tips to help you keep track of the things you need. 

Before buying items for your room, reach out to your roommate: To prevent bringing multiple of the same items, we recommend talking to your roommate about what each of you plan to bring. For example, most likely, only one of you will need to bring a coffee maker while the other can bring coffee pods. It’s also good to decide ahead of time how both of you plan to share the responsibility of buying items like coffee pods, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. Establishing expectations and boundaries is important for creating a healthy relationship with your roommate. 

Only pack clothes for the season: Packing your entire wardrobe would be a huge feat, so it’s best if you only pack for the season. For a fall semester in Tennessee, it’s likely you’ll need more lightweight, summer clothing than heavy, winter jackets. After fall break, you’ll want a jacket and a coat as it gets closer to November. 

Here are appliances you can bring:

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Pot
  • Laptop or PC Computer
  • Desk Lamp
  • Personal Fan
  • Iron
  • Microwave (Under 1,000 watts)
  • Stereo
  • Refrigerator (Under 4 cubic feet)
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Gaming Systems
  • 3-pronged surge strip (No extension cords)

Here are things you do not need to bring: Each residence hall room is furnished with a twin, extra-long size bed & mattress, desk, desk chair, mini-blinds, closet and dresser drawers for each student.

These items are not allowed: 

  • Air Conditioners
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Dart Board
  • Electric Blankets
  • Electric Frying Pans
  • Electric Grills
  • Electric Heaters
  • Firearms/Weapons/Ammunition
  • Halogen Lamps
  • Hot Plates
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Power Tools
  • Sun Lamp
  • Water Beds

We hope these tips help you feel more prepared and excited to move onto campus in August. CU soon!

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