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Before reviewing the list below we'd like to suggest a few general rules of thumb when considering what to bring.

1. Remember everything you bring in will have to be brought back out at the end of the year. Taking a minimalist perspective might help, bring only what you need; Consider how many trips it will take to unpack and pack the car, save your back from strain; Know that you will most likely buy more things (Norwich gear, Hiking stick you made, Vermont knicknacks, etc); The amount of things you will have at the end of the year will be more than you brought in for some reason. Ask yourself “Do I really need this…?” for each item.

2. You will need winter gear, but not right away. Pack your winter gear but have a family member ship it to you in October. Save the box so you can ship them back at the end of April.

3. Start conversing with your roommate about what items you may share (fridge, microwave, TV), also really consider whether you really need those things since there are Microwaves on each floor, and a TV in each Lounge. Do you need that gaming system if your focus is on academics, and you already have a laptop?


  • Sheets (twin, extra long)
  • Comforter and/or quilts, blankets, etc. Consider bringing sturdy, easy-to-wash items
  • Towels: bath, washcloths and hand towels (2 sets)
  • Alarm clock
  • Extra pillow(s)


  • Shower shoes
  • All necessary toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and all grooming/cosmetic) items
  • Shower bucket/basket/caddy to carry items
  • Bathrobe - Especially important since the shower is down the hall
  • Prescription medicines and copies of the prescriptions
  • Suggested: First Aid Kit, including basic adhesive bandages, disinfectant, aspirin, etc.


  • Clothes. Your space will be limited, so only bring what you think you will wear. Our suggestion is usually having enough for 2 weeks worth of clothing!
  • Weather-appropriate outer clothes. You will be walking to class; be sure your coat or jacket and boots are right for the climate
  • Laundry basket and/or bag, detergents, dryer sheets, stain remover stick or spray
  • Quarters for laundry and soda machines. Your CadetCa$h Card can also be used
  • Hangers


  • Sticky wall mounts, blue painters tape and removable 3M Command adhesive hooks. Nails are prohibited
  • Personal pictures, photos, and other favorite items. Avoid heavy frames, since you may not be able to hang them.
  • Rugs/a piece of carpet or slippers as the rooms are not carpeted.
  • Other storage or organization units.
  • Small trashcan and trash bags.
  • Lamps Floor, Desk and/or Clip Lamp.
  • Fan (window or floor). Depending on the climate control in the building, you may want this to adjust to your individual needs.
  • Window Screen. A small width adjustable screen (found at most hardware stores) for your window helps keep the bugs out of your room.


  • Multiple outlet surge protectors.
  • TV, DVD player, microwave, game system, etc.
  • Chargers for all of your devices
  • Ethernet LAN Cable


  • A sturdy backpack or book bag for everyday use.
  • Computer (desktop or laptop) and any necessary supplies/accessories.
  • School supplies, including a planner as well as basic pens, paper, pencils, notebooks.
  • Dry-erase marker. Dry-erase boards are provided.
  • Food and Snacks
  • Small refrigerator not to exceed 3 cubic feet
  • A few unbreakable dishes: plastic cups, microwave-safe bowl, and small food storage tubs.
  • Sandwich bags, aluminum foil, and/or plastic wrap.
  • A small bottle of dish soap, scrubber, small dishtowel.
  • Snacks that will help you finish that late night project or for when the dining hall closes!


  • Batteries and flashlight
  • Umbrella
  • Deck of cards or games for when you take a study break!
  • A large backpack or shoulder bag for possible weekend trips you might take.


  • Your fish, dog, cat, gerbil, mouse, or snake, NO pets are allowed in the residence halls
  • Hot plate and/or mini stove and toasters
  • Halogen lamps and lava lamps
  • Cinder blocks, bricks, or crates for lofting beds
  • Drugs, alcohols (this includes alcohol trophies, posters or souvenirs), weapons, fireworks. There is zero tolerance for these items at NU and they will be confiscated!
  • 2-prong extension cords
  • Subwoofers or gigantic speakers
  • Air conditioner
  • Your vehicle (first-years are not permitted to have a car on campus)

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