By this point, you’ve probably already dragged out your suitcases and started filling boxes for your big move to BU. But before you leave, check out our list of must-haves, suggested by students who have been there and done that.
The first few weeks of fall semester are guaranteed to be hot and most of the freshman dorms aren’t air-conditioned. A fan will help you beat the heat.
2. Hooded jacket and waterproof boots
Umbrellas are no match for Boston winds, so a hooded rain jacket is essential. You’ll also need to keep your feet dry as you walk from one end of campus to the other during rainy (or snowy) weather. And—surprise!—Boston is snowy, so make sure to bring a warm winter parka too.
Make sure you buy sheets that fit a twin XL bed. Dorm mattresses can be extra firm, so bring a mattress pad, and if you have allergies, pick up a mattress protector as well. If you’re living at Warren Towers, you’ll want a set of bed risers so you can store stuff underneath your bed.
4. First aid kit
If you knick yourself shaving or get sick in the middle of the night, you’ll need some help. Pack a kit with Band-Aids, an antibiotic cream, over-the-counter pain and cold remedies, and something for that upset stomach.
5. Kitchen utensils
You may be eating in the dining halls, but you’ll still need a couple of mugs and a knife, fork, and spoon for when the late-night munchies strike.
Be sure to pack a power strip, a surge protector, external hard drives, and a cell phone charger.
You’re going to want more than an overhead light. Bring a desk lamp or a floor lamp to brighten up your digs. Your eyes will thank you later.
Yes, for the shower.
Bringing a bike to campus? Don’t come without a U-Lock. It’s the most effective way to thwart bike thieves.
10. Cleaning supplies
Bathrooms in the dorms are cleaned for you and you can borrow a vacuum from Res Life when you need one, but you may still want some disinfecting wipes, paper towels, and a small trash can to keep your room neat.
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