Things to Bring | St. Lawrence University New Laurentian Guide

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 a few other things can help you feel at home.

Bed Linens

  • 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


  • Winter jacket
  • Gloves, scarf, winter hat
  • Clothes hangers
  • Boots/snow boots 
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry bag
  • High efficiency laundry detergent, stain remover, dryer sheets

Desk Space & School Supplies

  • Energy-efficient desk lamp
  • School supplies (i.e., pens, binders, notebooks, highlighters, stapler, etc.)
  • Computer
  • Stamps/ envelopes/address book
  • Calendar/assignment book/planner
  • Back pack/tote bag
  • Batteries
  • 3-prong extension cord (UL approved)
  • 3-prong power strip and surge protector
  • Flashlight

Food/Food items -- to pack light, consider picking these up later at a local store

  • Snacks
  • Water bottle and mug or cup
  • Dishes, bowls, plates, utensils
  • Dishwashing liquid and sponge or brush

Medical/Health Related Items

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

Other --  to pack light, consider picking these up later; you may find you want some things but not others

  • Storage crate
  • 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)
  • Command Strips
  • Non-toxic cleaning supplies (disinfectant, cleaning spray and/or wipes)

Items to Consult with your Roommate About

  • Microwave
  • Small Refrigerator (limit one per room)
  • Coffee maker
  • TV 
  • Rug (we suggest 5 x 8)

What to Leave At Home

  • Air conditioners and ceiling fans
  • Candles and incense
  • Charcoal or gas grills
  • Darts and dart boards
  • Dimmer switches
  • Fog machines
  • Halogen lamps and bulbs
  • Hookahs
  • Hot tubs, spas, and pools
  • Hot Plates, including personal grills, panini makers, waffle makers, etc.
  • Immersion coils
  • Space heaters
  • Sun lamps
  • Toasters and toaster ovens
  • Water beds
  • Water dispenser
  • Wireless router
  • Wireless printers - they cause interference with campus wireless

And speaking of shopping…. Remember, Think Green! Don’t Duplicate — Check with Your Roommate!