Students eating at The Hub

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 ...

  • Cell phone
  • Computer
  • Fan
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Pillow, sheets and blankets for a twin bed with an 80-inch mattress
  • Power strips with a surge protector
  • Towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • Wastebasket
  • Several reusable cloth masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Thermometer
  • Fever reducer (Tylenol, Ibuprofen)
  • Over-the-counter cold/flu medication
  • Adequate supply of prescription medications and hygiene items
  • Gatorade or electrolyte replacement packets
  • Disinfectant wipes/spray to clean dorm room
  • Medical insurance card

You might want to bring ...

  • Bedspread
  • Bicycle and lock (racks near each residence; winter storage available)
  • Coffee mugs
  • Dish towel and dish soap
  • Eating utensils for snacks
  • Hot pot
  • Iron
  • Lamps
  • Message board for your door
  • Plants
  • Refrigerator (less than 4 cubic feet)
  • Sewing kit
  • Basket or other tote for toiletries
  • Headphones
  • Wall decor

Do NOT bring ...

  • Air conditioner
  • Airsoft guns
  • Halogen lights
  • Lofts require approval of your submission of a construction drawing to the director of residence life
  • Microwaves
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Pizza Pizzazz
  • Toaster or toaster oven
  • Weapons