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
  • Clothespins (in case your FYP college has a clothesline as an alternative to the electric dryer)
  • Clothes drying rack
  • Small sewing kit
  • Iron

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

  • 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


  • Storage crates
  • Broom and dust pan or vacuum (you can also borrown 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)
  • 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 (all residence hall rooms are wired for basic cable, premium services may be purchased)
  • 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!

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.