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Bring It? Leave It? Here’s What You Should Consider When Packing for College
Residence hall move-in time for students during Syracuse Welcome is edging ever closer. Along with the excitement and anticipation comes the inevitable question for first-year students: What should I bring and what should I leave behind?
Lauren Murphy, director of residence life, says it’s good to strategize with your roommate in advance to avoid duplication of items. “You don’t need two televisions, for example,” she says. One of the most unique things Murphy has seen: a pop-up steam tent/sauna. That’s definitely not allowed; it’s important to keep in mind that you are sharing a limited space with another person or people.
Bring along things that will make your room feel like home and will make you comfortable, such as pictures, stuffed animals and décor. “It’s those little things that make a difference,” Murphy says.
Rachel Adelakun, a senior international relations major in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences and president of the Residence Hall Association, advises making lists to keep track of what you need and what your roommate is bringing. She also suggests some practical items you might not think of, such as reusable shopping bags and a professional outfit.
Some examples of what to bring:
- Bedding, including XL twin sheets (for residence halls, full sheets for South Campus) and a mattress pad
- Clothing for multiple seasons. Remember, Syracuse is hot in late August and winter weather arrives just a few short months later. It’s important to have a warm coat, boots, gloves/mittens and a hat as you traverse campus.
- A fan
- Storage containers and Command strips
- Power strips with surge protection
- Personal hygiene items, shower shoes and a bathrobe
- Laundry basket/bag and detergent
- Umbrella and rain jacket
- Cleaning supplies and toilet paper (for South Campus apartments)
Examples of what not to bring:
- Large appliances, including air conditioners (only refrigerators less than 5 cubic feet and microwaves less than 1,000 watts are permitted)
- Fire safety hazards, including space heaters, candles and incense
- Cooking appliances, such as air fryers, toasters and grills
- Wall-mounted televisions
- Large furniture items
- Pets (service or emotional support animals must be approved)
- Expensive or irreplaceable collectibles or jewelry
Lists of both suggested and prohibited items can be found on the New Student Checklists page.
And it is important to remember, don’t panic. If you need something you left behind, stores are nearby!