What to bring to college

When you come to Northwestern, we want you to make yourself at home. Bringing things from home helps. Of course, you can’t bring everything, so use the lists below to decide what to pack and what to leave.

You should bring ...

  • Adequate supply of prescription medications and hygiene items
  • Cell phone
  • Computer
  • Fan
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Medical insurance card
  • Pillow, sheets and blankets for a twin bed with an 80-inch mattress
  • Power strips with a surge protector
  • Towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • Wastebasket

You might want to bring ...

  • Basket or other tote for toiletries
  • Bedspread
  • Bicycle and lock (racks near each residence; winter storage available)
  • Coffee mugs
  • Dish towel and dish soap
  • Disinfectant wipes/spray to clean dorm room
  • Eating utensils for snacks
  • Fever reducer (Tylenol, Ibuprofen)
  • Gatorade or electrolyte replacement packets
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Headphones
  • Hot pot
  • Iron
  • Lamps
  • Message board for your door
  • Over-the-counter cold/flu medication
  • Plants
  • Refrigerator (less than 4 cubic feet)
  • Several reusable cloth masks
  • Sewing kit
  • Thermometer
  • Wall decor

Do NOT bring ...

  • Air conditioner
  • Airsoft guns
  • Halogen lights
  • Microwaves
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Pizza Pizzazz
  • Toaster or toaster oven
  • Weapons