What to Bring

Here are some suggestions for what to bring with you when you move-in. Living on-campus often means sharing space, so it is important to be thoughtful about what you decide to bring. It's a good idea to contact your roommate before you buy some items. Space is limited, so there is no need to waste it by having duplicates. Items marked with a ** below are some of things we suggest you consult on.

Finally - a move-in tip. Most of the residence halls and on-campus apartments do not have elevators. So, to make move-in go more smoothly, it's better to pack many small boxes that one person can easily handle rather than a few huge boxes that it takes a team to lift. Your back will thank us!

Bed and Bath

  • Bathroom Basics - toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, shaving supplies, and contact lens supplies (if needed)
  • Bedding - pillows, blankets/comforters, extra-long twin sheets, pillow cases, mattress pad, and a bed pillow with "arms" that helps you sit up in bed
  • ** Crates or stacking containers
  • Nightlight
  • ** Room decorations - favorite stuffed animals, pictures of family and friends, plants, posters and poster putty for hanging
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes / flip-flops
  • Toilet paper (suites and apartments only)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Under-the-bed storage containers (floor to mattress, approx. 10" to 11.5")

Clothing

Closet and drawer space is at a premium when you live on-campus so don't bring your entire wardrobe! Plan your clothing choices around what you will actually be doing on a daily basis and then supplement with a few "special occasion" items. For example, you'll do a lot of walking from class to class, so you'll probably wear tennis shoes most days. Plus you'll want your clothes to be comfortable and easy to care for (remember you're doing your own laundry). Most students find that jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts are wardrobe staples. That said; do remember to bring a few nice outfits / dresses / suits for interviews, presentations and other formal events. Along with the typical clothing items (pants/shorts, shirts/sweaters, socks, underwear) here are a few items not to forget:

  • Bathrobe - Since most students need to walk down the hall to use the bathroom, a bathrobe can spare you (and your roommates / housemates) from embarrassing "coverage" situations.
  • Belt
  • Clothes hangers
  • Footwear - tennis shoes, sandals
  • Jacket - a light jacket for when the fall air gets chilly
  • Sleep wear
  • Slippers
  • Sunglasses
  • Winter outerwear - Heavy coat, mittens, hat, scarf, boots and scarf - remember Iowa gets cold!
  • Work-out clothes and shoes / bathing suit

Cooking and Cleaning

If you live in the residence halls, you will be required to have a meal plan (except Wallace and Wilson Halls), so we hope you will be eating most of your large meals in one of the dining centers. Even so, there will still be times when you want to prepare a small meal or snack in your room. Mac and cheese anyone? Frederiksen Court and SUV apartments have full kitchens, so residents of these areas should review our Apartment Packing section.

  • Can opener
  • Cleaning supplies - including bathroom cleaning supplies in suites and apartments
  • Cooking pot / pan - for halls with kitchens only
  • Dishwashing liquid and a sponge
  • Iron
  • Laundry supplies - detergent, fabric softener, bleach, dryer sheets, stain treater/stick
  • ** Micro-fridge
    • ** Or a small microwave and/or a small refrigerator (no more than 4.6 cubic feet, 115 volt, 60 cycle AC, 230 watts, 2 amps when running)
  • Oven mitts and dish towels
  • Paper towels
  • Place settings (1 or 2) - fork, spoon, knife, plate, bowl, mug, cup that can be used in a microwave
  • Tissues
  • Trash bags (small)
  • Water bottle

Electronics

Most of these electronic items aren't really necessary, but they sure make life fun! Whatever electronics you do bring, remember that bigger and louder ARE NOT better when living on-campus. When possible try to combine items. For example, an alarm clock that is also a radio and plays MP3s or an all-in-one TV-DVR system. Remember, ** means you might want to check with your roommate(s).

  • Alarm Clock
  • Batteries
  • Camera
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Desk lamp or bed lamp
  • Fan
  • ** Game system
  • Headphones / ear buds - so your music doesn't bother your roommate or neighbors
  • Media storage - CD / DVD / Game rack
  • ** Stereo / Radio / CD player / MP3 player
  • Surge protectors strip (UL approved) - extension cords aren't permitted
  • ** Telephone and answering machine
  • ** Television and VCR / DVR / DVD player
  • ** Vacuum (small)

Extras

  • Address book
  • Bike, helmet, and bike lock
  • Documents
    • Computer purchase and warranty information
    • Driver's license and social security card
    • Financial aid forms
    • Medical insurance information / cards
    • Vehicle insurance and registration if you will have a car on-campus
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Key ring, lanyard, etc.
  • Sewing kit
  • Sports equipment
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Tool kit
  • Umbrella

School Supplies

You will most certainly need some items that are specific to your major, but here are some general items not to forget:

  • Backpack
  • Binders, file folders and notebooks
  • Calculator
  • Calendar / planner / organizer
  • Computer - desktop or laptop, your choice
  • Computer supplies - disks, cables, cords, mouse pad
  • Dictionary, thesaurus, writing style guide
  • Pens, pencils and highlighters
  • Printer and paper / ink
  • Stapler and staples / paperclips
  • Sticky notes

What NOT To Bring

While the above items are suggestions, the following items are rules. Bringing these items into on-campus housing is a violation of the Policy Handbook and may result in administrative charges and disciplinary action. If an item is marked with a ##, the policy may differ in SUV, so residents of this areas should review our Apartment Packing section.

  • ## Animals / Pets - other than fish.
    • Residents in need of Assistance Animals should review our Housing Accommodations information BEFORE making plans to bring their animal to campus.
  • Air Conditioners - Residents are not permitted to use or install their own air conditioner units
  • Candles and open flame devices
  • Ceiling fans
  • Cut trees
  • Dry ice
  • Kegs - Empty or filled
  • Extension cords
  • Flammable / toxic fluids, chemicals or gases
  • Halogen lights/lamps
  • Hot tubs
  • Refrigerators larger than 4.6 cubic feet, 115 volt, 60 cycle AC, 230 watts
  • Satellite dishes
  • Smoke or fog machines
  • Space heaters
  • Sun lamps
  • Traffic / street signs without proof of purchase
  • Waterbeds
  • Weapons
  • Wireless Router or Hub - this will interfere with the provided wireless service and cause network problems

Apartment Packing

If your assignment is to the Frederiksen Court, Legacy, ISU West or SUV apartments, you will need to bring some kitchen and bathroom items that aren't on the above lists (such as cookware, additional place setting and groceries). You may also make some different decisions about the quantity of what you bring. Here are some of the things to keep in mind as you move in to your apartment:

Frederiksen Court Apartments

  • Full kitchens with standard size appliances: four-burner stoves, 18 cubic foot refrigerator (with freezer), microwave, dishwasher, and garbage disposal
  • Clothes washer and dryer in each unit
  • Bedroom furniture includes a bed, clothing drawers, desk, chair, file caddy, and wardrobe
  • Living room furniture includes a sofa, armchair, end table, coffee table, table lamp, and floor lamp
  • There is an Ethernet connection in each private bedroom; two connections in the shared bedrooms
  • There is a phone jack in the kitchen; one in each private bedroom; two in the shared bedrooms
  • There is a cable connection in the living room; one connection in each private bedroom; two connections in the shared bedrooms

Legacy Apartments

  • Full kitchens with standard size appliances: four-burner stoves, 18 cubic foot refrigerator (with freezer), dishwasher & garbage disposal
  • Bedroom furniture includes a bed, clothing drawers, desk, chair, and wardrobe
  • Living room furniture includes a sofa, armchair, end table, coffee table, table lamp, and floor lamp
  • There is an Ethernet connection in each private bedroom; two connections in the shared bedrooms
  • There is a phone jack in the kitchen; one in each private bedroom; two in the shared bedrooms
  • There is a cable connection in the living room; one connection in each private bedroom; two connections in the shared bedrooms
  • Coin operated clothes washer and dryer in first floor of building

ISU West Apartments

  • Full kitchens with standard size appliances: four-burner stoves, 18 cubic foot refrigerator (with freezer), microwave, dishwasher, and garbage disposal
  • Clothes washer and dryer in each unit or coin operated clothes washer and dryer in first floor of building
  • Bedroom furniture includes a bed, clothing drawers, desk, chair, and wardrobe
  • Living room furniture includes a sofa, armchair, end table, coffee table, table lamp, and floor lamp
  • There is an Ethernet connection in each private bedroom; two connections in the shared bedrooms
  • There is a phone jack in the kitchen; one in each private bedroom; two in the shared bedrooms
  • There is a cable connection in the living room; one connection in each private bedroom; two connections in the shared bedrooms

SUV Apartments

  • All SUV apartments have full kitchens with apartment size stoves and 18 cubic foot refrigerator (with freezer)
    • In University Village, you can have either a clothes washing machine or a dishwasher but not both. These appliances are not provided by the university.
  • Schilletter Village units have hook ups for an electric washer and dryer in the basement. A dryer is not allowed in University Village due to venting and space restrictions.
  • All Schilletter Village units have available basement storage
  • Most University Village units have fenced in front patios
  • Most SUV apartments are unfurnished
    • 19 University Village units are furnished with desks, dressers, beds, couches, kitchen table and chairs and lamp. Check with the SUV Community Center for availability
  • One DSL kit is provided in each SUV apartment
  • There is a one phone jack in the living room of each SUV apartment
  • There is a one cable connection in the living room of each SUV apartment
  • ## Pets, including cats and dogs, are allowed in select University Village apartments
    • Residents in need of Assistance Animals should review our Housing Accommodations information BEFORE making plans to bring their animal to campus.