College Packing List

What should you bring to your first year of college? With recommendations from students and parents, we have developed this college packing list.

Bath

● Bath robe
● Shower caddy
● Washcloths
● Bath/hand towels
● Beach towel
● Flip flops
● Slippers
● Toiletries

Laundry

● Laundry detergent
● Laundry bag
● Dryer line/rack
● Lint brush
● Sewing kit
● Stain remover
● Hangers

Kitchen

● Travel mug
● Ceramic mug
● Plate & bowl
● Silverware
● Tupperware
● Water bottle
● Can opener
● Ziploc bags

Health

Thermometer
Disinfecting Wipes
Face Masks
First Aid Kit

Miscellaneous

● Trash can/recycling bin
● Backpack
● Essential tool kit
● Umbrella
● Ear plugs
● Suitcase/duffle bag
● Desk accessories
● Tie/belt hanger
● Hanging shoe/sweater rack
● 3M hanging supplies
● Hair dryer

Entertainment/Tech

● Laptop
● Smart Power Strip with surge protector
● External backup
● LED bulbs
● Bed lamp
● Headphones
● Fan (12 in diameter)
● Phone charger
● Ethernet cable

Sleep

● Sheets (extra-long twin)
● Pillows
● Comforter
● Blanket
● Mattress cover/pad
● Memory foam
● Back rest
● Under bed storage bins
● Storage bins

You may rent the following from BU Vending Services, and save your back from hauling them yourself!

● Microfridge
● Electronic safe
● TV

Here’s what not to bring!

● Food prep appliances (unless you live in an apartment)
● Keurig K-Cup Coffee Maker or any other pod-style coffee maker (unless you live in an apartment)
● Coffee maker (unless you live in an apartment)
● Nespresso (unless you live in an apartment)
● Electric blanket
● Air conditioner
● Cinder blocks
● Candles
● Incense
● Extension cords that are not powerstrips
● Grill
● Sun lamp
● Hoverboards

For more information, visit Housing’s packing suggestions.