Things to Bring

Identification Documents

  • Driver's License or other government-issued photo ID (You will need this identification proof when you check in)
  • Passport

Residence Hall Furnishings

The University provides the basic furnishings for residential living (window drapes and/or shades, a single bed, desk, chair, wastebasket, dresser, and closet space per person) but your predecessors have found that a few additions help them feel at home. More information is available under Student Living Space.

Bed Stuff

  • Twin extra-long sheets (mattresses: 80” long and 36” wide, extra long)
  • Mattress cover
  • Blanket
  • Pillows
  • Bedspread, comforter


  • Towels/washcloths
  • Shower tote
  • Shower sandals/flip flops
  • personal toiletries

Clothes/Storage Stuff

  • Winter jacket
  • Gloves, scarf, winter hat
  • Clothes hangers
  • Boots/snow boots
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry bag
  • High efficiency laundry detergent, stain remover, dryer sheets
  • Clothespins (in case your FYP college has a clothesline as an alternative to the electric dryer)
  • Clothes drying rack
  • Small sewing kit
  • Iron

Desk Stuff & School Supplies

  • Energy-efficient desk lamp
  • School supplies (i.e., pens, binders, notebooks, highlighters, stapler, etc.)
  • Wireless capable computer – all residences halls have wireless Internet only!
  • Computer recovery discs
  • Stamps/ envelopes/address book
  • Calendar/assignment book/planner
  • Back pack/tote bag
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • 3-prong extension cord (UL approved)
  • 3-prong power strip and surge protector
  • Flashlight

Food/Food items

  • Snacks
  • Reusable mug/cup/water bottle
  • Dishes/bowls/plates/utensils
  • Environmentally-friendly dishwashing liquid/sponge

Medical/Health Related Items

  • Copy of health insurance card
  • Contact info for your physician
  • First aid kit


  • Storage crates
  • Broom/dust pan/vacuum (or can be borrowed from building staff)
  • Fan
  • Decorations (one or two tapestries or pieces of material per room; any other decorations must be hung so as not to damage walls or paint or create fire hazards)
  • Non-toxic cleaning supplies (disinfectant, cleaning spray and/or wipes)
  • To mail items go to the Planning Ahead section and select Communication Information for complete instructions on sending to your SMC box.

Stuff to Consult with your Roommate about (see our Green Shopping List)

  • Microwave
  • Small Refrigerator (limit one per room)
  • TV (all residence hall rooms are wired for basic cable, premium services may be purchased through Time Warner Cable)
  • DVD player
  • Stereo
  • Rug

Things to Leave At Home

  • Air conditioners
  • Candles/incense
  • Ceiling fans
  • Charcoal or gas grills
  • Darts and dart boards
  • Dimmer switches
  • Fog machines
  • Halogen lamps/bulbs
  • Hookahs
  • Hot tubs/spas/pools
  • Hot Plates, including George Foreman Grills
  • Immersion coils
  • Space heaters
  • Sun lamps
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Water beds
  • Water dispenser/delivery
  • Wireless router/access point
  • Wireless printers - they cause interference with campus wireless

And speaking of shopping…. Remember, Think Green! Don’t Duplicate — Check with Your Roommate! Check out the University's Green pages for more information.

Care Packages
Campus Support Services sponsors a care package program to help parents and family members connect with their student during critical times of the year.  Mailings are sent home during the year, and proceeds from this program are used for student leadership opportunities and programming.  You can also visit Care Packages [at the top select "shop by school" and choose St. Lawrence University] to place orders for birthdays, holidays, or "just because."  Please contact Customer Service at 1-866-847-7365 with any questions regarding your purchase.