Residential Life

Residential Life

Housing Guide for New Students and Parents

What to Bring and What to Leave!

When furnishing your room, you can certainly brighten things up with posters, plants, and even a big, over-stuffed, comfy chair from the Hamilton College Cram and ScramRemember, though, that you will have to pack and haul all of your belongings home at the end of the year - you’d be surprised by how much stuff you will collect! 

The following page lists suggested items to bring.  Of course, if you forget an item, borrowing from your neighbors is a natural way to make new friends in a residence hall....as long as you return the borrowed items.

REMEMBER:  Call your roommates BEFORE purchasing many items for your room.  Avoid duplication!

Absolute Basic Necessities

  • any necessary medication
  • first aid kit (bandages, aspirin, etc.)
  • surge protector and/or a multi-strip with circuit breaker (no extension cords)
  • telephone/cell phone
  • alarm clock/clock radio
  • tape, scissors, stapler, pens, pencils, markers, notepads, stamps, duct tape
  • desk lamp (no halogen lamps), wastebasket
  • dictionary, thesaurus
  • container for shower accessories, shower footwear
  • address book, calendar
  • message/memo board
  • laundry drying rack
  • laundry basket/bag
  • laundry detergent/fabric softener
  • pillow cases
  • two sets of extra long sheets (80" in length - non-fitted sheets are best)
  • towels, wash cloths
  • clothes hangers
  • blankets, pillows
  • small fan
  • crates for storage, under bed storage bins

Optional Items

  • mattress pad
  • trunk  
  • small bookshelves
  • bike & bike lock 
  • non-halogen floor lamp
  • refrigerator (no full size)
  • coffeemaker
  • sports equipment (racquets, etc.)
  • iron/ironing board
  • throw rug  
  • screwdriver/toolbox
  • flashlight and batteries
  • pictures
  • tissues  
  • posters
  • key chain  
  • microwave
  • dishes (plate, bowl, cups, mugs, glasses, knives, forks and spoons)
  • dish soap
  • music (stereo, MPS player/docking unit)
  • sewing kit
  • dry erase board & markers
  • computer (you may connect to the campus network in your room)
  • TV with a generous amount of coaxial cable to attach to jack

Prohibited Items:

  • tapestries
  • halogen lamps (fire hazard)
  • toaster ovens
  • pets (except fish) 
  • water beds
  • hotplates or items with exposed heating units
  • air conditioners
  • electric/kerosene heaters
  • alcohol
  • BB guns/air soft guns
  • dartboards
  • George Foreman grill
  • weapons of any kind
  • holiday lights/string lights
  • waffle iron
  • flags  
  • extension cord
  • cloth curtains