Pack Realistically!

Keep in mind that your room at college will probably be a little smaller than your room at home - and you will most likely be sharing that space with at least one roommate. That being said, it is a good idea to get in contact with your new roommate(s) before you arrive to make sure that you aren't bringing duplicate items.

Remember, less is more! You can always go home to get something later (or have your family mail it to you). It is harder to find room to store things that you didn't really need. Visit this link for other Shopping Resources

Please review the list below and use our Printable Shopping List to help guide you in packing for your arrival on-campus!

What To Bring For Your Room

  • Alarm clock
  • Blankets, comforter, sheets - all beds are extra-long twin size.
  • Bulletin board and/or dry erase board for messages
  • Clothes hangers
  • Computer
  • Desk light
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Ethernet cord for computer
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry detergent
  • Pillow(s)
  • Surge protector strip
  • Thermometer
  • Wastebasket

What To Bring For The Bathroom

  • Personal Toiletries (Keep in mind, there is a CVS Drug Store within walking distance of Catholic University, so you can always purchase items once you arrive.)
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes (flip-flops)
  • Towels and washcloths

Other Items to Consider

Below are other items you should consider as you personalize your space. Please discuss these items with your roommate to avoid duplicate items.

  • Small fan
  • Small television and cable
  • DVD player
  • Carpet/area rug

What to Bring For Apartments and Suites

Assignments in Centennial Village, the Millenniums suites, and Opus suites share a private bathroom. Assignments in the Millennium Apartments share a private bathroom and kitchen. The following list details items you will need for those areas. You should discuss these items with your suite/unit mates to avoid duplicates.

For Your Bathroom

  • Bathroom cleaning supplies
  • Bath mat and/or bathroom rugs
  • Shower organizer
  • Small broom or mop

For Your Kitchen

  • Cookware: pots, pans, utensils, etc.
  • Dish rack
  • Dish soap and sponges
  • Food and food storage containers
  • Ice trays
  • Kitchen cleaning supplies
  • Kitchenware: dishes, cups, silverware, etc
  • Small microwave (no larger than 700 watts)
  • Small broom or mop

What to Leave At Home

The following items are prohibited for safety reasons or due to the extraordinary stress they cause to our facilities. Items marked with an * may be used in kitchens in the Millennium Apartments or common area kitchens only. More information on safety responsibilities and prohibited items is on our Policy web page.

  • Adhesives (other than 3M Command products; for Opus Hall designated hanging supplies are available in the Opus RHO)
  • Air conditioner
  • Bed loft (other than University installed lofts in Extended Occupancy Housing), bed risers, cinder blocks
  • Cable splitters or splicers
  • Candles, including decorative candles
  • Coffee pots* and espresso machines*
  • Crock-pot*, electric frying pans*, woks*
  • Extension cords
  • Grills, including George Foreman* type grills
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heating and immersion coils
  • Hot plates
  • Oil popcorn poppers
  • Pets, except fish (in 10 gallon tank or smaller)
  • Satellite dishes
  • Space heaters
  • Toaster*
  • Toaster Ovens
  • Waterbeds
  • Wireless routers and/or hubs