To Bring or Not To Bring: The Ultimate College Packing List

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The Housing and Residence Life Office at VSU is providing you this guide as you are packing to come to campus. With move-in timeslots lasting one hour, we encourage you pack with that in mind - putting things in boxes, talking with your roommate about shared items ahead of time and focusing on the essentials to get started this Fall Semester. By focusing on 2-3 boxes worth of items, it is our hope that students will have what they need for the most month of school and then re-evaluate over Labor Day Weekend.


The following items are suggestions generated by students who have lived on campus in the past:

  • Clothes
  • Blanket, bedspreads, linens, towels, etc.
  • Personal hygiene items - soaps, shampoo, condition, shower caddies
  • Cloth Face Covering/Mask
  • Pens, pencils, paper, notebooks
  • Plastic cups, plates, eating utensils
  • Laundry bag, detergent
  • Hangers
  • Wastebasket
  • Surge Protector (UL 1449 rated)


The following items are suggestions generated by students who have lived on campus in the past:

  • Posters and room decorations
  • Smart TV/ROKU Device to stream PHILO TV
  • Small microwave - 1,000 watts or less
  • Compact refrigerator - max. 4.4 cubic ft.
  • Personal cleaning supplies for the room - cleaners, broom, etc. Students are responsible for cleaning their rooms, and common areas
  • Rug- 9x12 is a good approximation for most rooms
  • Window curtains - Blinds are provided. Curtains must be hung with tension rods. Windows size vary with each building, we advise that you wait to purchase your curtains until after you arrive.


The following items are prohibited in the residence halls:

  • Firearms, knives, air guns, martial arts weapons, paintball guns or weapons of any kind.
  • Candles, incense or any item that produces or has an open flame (tobacco items are excluded).
  • Anything with a hot surface: pressure cookers, instapots, broilers, toaster ovens, electric skillets, hot plates, George Foreman grills, space heaters, etc.
  • Gasoline powered items in the building, such as motorcycles, mopeds, or parts thereof.
  • Flammable and/or combustible items: fireworks, smoke bombs, sparklers, etc.
  • Contact Paper
  • Duct Tape
  • Extension cords
  • Chemicals
  • Light dimmers, ceiling fans, or any other device that interferes with the electricity of the room
  • Weight lifting apparatus, such as barbells
  • Animals or pets except for non-carnivorous fish and service animals per federal law. The University reserves the right to limit the size of aquariums.
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Wireless routers (Airports, Linksys, etc.)
  • HoverBoards
NOTE: The preceding list is not all-inclusive. Any item that is a threat to public safety may be removed. The University will continually monitor all areas through staff visits and unannounced inspections by University staff. The presence of prohibited items will be documented and students will be required to remove those items from the premises, and may be subject to disciplinary action as well as monetary fines.