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Residential Life

Residential Life
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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:

  • NO CARS ON CAMPUS!
  • 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
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