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Students on the things they’re glad they packed


Nearly 3,900 freshmen will arrive on campus in the next few weeks. Many have already begun making lists of all the things they’ll need to bring with them. Some have started packing.

It’s hard to figure out what—and how much—to bring. So last month, BU Today reached out to students and alumni via social media and asked them, “What was the one thing you’re glad you brought to campus freshman year?” Their answers are below.

And we want to continue the conversation. Tell us what one item you brought to campus your freshman year turned out to be indispensable. And send pictures of yourself with the item if you can. Freshmen, there may be some great tips for you here!


5 Comments on BU Must-Haves

  • Laura on 08.04.2014 at 6:19 am

    The folks in Residence Life are very helpful in what to and what not to pack… The coffee maker and hot plate should be left at home, as they may still be against university safety policies. Be sure to check before you pack any of these devices.

  • WHB on 08.05.2014 at 9:36 am

    if you’re living with someone new and/or random this year, bring stuff that preempts any problems: earplugs (in case they snore), cleaning supplies (in case they’re a slob), and high-quality headphones (in case they’re loud).

  • Jenny on 08.05.2014 at 10:47 am

    One of the best things I brought with me to my freshman dorm was a basic tool kit (hammer, pliers, screwdriver with interchangeable bits). Once people knew that I had one, I was meeting people all over the building.

  • Junior. on 08.06.2014 at 8:23 am

    Laundry detergent! It is so expensive on campus, also enough underwear!

  • AP on 08.30.2014 at 12:14 am

    Scissor, tape, stapler. Everyone who got a package delivered or printed out something had to stop by my room for my scissor or stapler.

    Also, basic OTC remedies for cough, cold, and upset stomach. Once you realize you need them, you’re too sick to go to the store. Some cold medicines are not sold to minors, so if you’re under 18, you won’t be able to buy any for yourself.

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