What Should I Bring?

NDSCS Provides

  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Bed
  • Extra-long twin mattress (36" x 80") in all halls besides the first and second floors of Walton and Schulz halls, which have regular twin mattresses (36" x 75")
  • Closet
  • Wastebasket
  • Window coverings
  • Shower curtains
  • Toilet paper

You Can Bring

The Basics

  • Backpack
  • Notebooks, binders, folders
  • Hat, gloves, scarf, coat, umbrella
  • Microwave-safe dishes and mugs [1]
  • Silverware
  • Plastic food containers
  • Can opener
  • Reusable water bottle
  • First Aid kit
  • Small nails (1 1/2" long or smaller) or adhesive putty (Forkner, Riley, Walton, Schulz Halls) to hang photos, calendars, etc.
  • Command strips or adhesive putty (Nordgaard, Robertson Halls) to hang photos, calendars, etc.

Bed & Bath

  • Bedspread, bed sheets, blanket - extra-long twin (80" long) linens are recommended
  • Pillow, pillow cases, mattress topper
  • Toiletries - shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, soap, et.
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower shoes
  • Shower caddy

Electronics & Housewares

  • Alarm clock
  • Phone charger
  • Microwave [1] - 800 watts or less
  • Computer
  • Small desk lamp - UL approved
  • Fan - UL approved
  • Power strips - UL approved
  • TV [1]
  • Refrigerator - 4 cubic feet or less [1]
  • HDMI cord (6-10 feet)
  • Area rug [1] - see room dimensions to determine appropriate rug size

Laundry & Cleaning Supplies

  • All halls have unlimited use high-efficiency laundry machines - you need to bring HE detergent
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Paper towels

[1] These items are easy to split with your roommate. Talk to your roommate prior to coming to campus to save money and avoid over packing!

Leave At Home

  • Open element appliances such as:
    • Electric frying pans
    • Electric grills and fryers (George Foreman grills, deep fat fryers, etc)
    • Air fryer ovens
    • Hot plates
    • Pizza ovens
    • Coffee pots
    • Space heaters
    • Rice cookers
    • Toasters
  • Instapots
  • Air conditioners
  • Candles
  • Wax melts and wax warmers
  • Incense burners
  • Misting diffusers
  • Spray deodorant and spray air fresheners, as these items can set off fire alarms
  • Cordless curling irons
  • Heating blankets
  • Lava lamps, halogen lamps, sun lamps, and neon signs
  • E-cigarettes or any type of electronic smoking devices
  • Dart games, bows and arrows, or any other devices which endanger human life
  • Weapons/Firearms/Explosives, including but not limited to: airsoft guns, BB guns, dart guns, handguns, paint ball guns, pellet guns, rifles, shotguns, stun guns or similar device designed to deliver an electric shock, daggers, knives, sabers, swords, bows and arrows, firecrackers or other explosives [2]
  • Outside antennas
  • Extension cords
  • Homemade lofts or other lofts NOT issued by NDSCS. NDSCS has loft kits available for a $75 rental fee for the academic year. Information on how to apply for a loft kit is provided via email when room assignments are available. 
  • Your own mattress or bed frame
  • Rope/string lights with self-adhesive as these damage any surface they are adhered to (minimum $75 fine)

The only cooking equipment permitted in student residence hall rooms are single serve coffee makers that do not have hot plates and are equipped with automatic shut-off, microwave ovens under 800 watts, basket air fryers, crock pots, and refrigerators not exceeding 4 cu. ft. inside storage space. Community kitchens provide a stove, microwave and a toaster for student use.

[2] All firearms must be registered with NDSCS Police immediately upon arrival to NDSCS. NDSCS Police provides storage for students to store sporting arms, such as those used for hunting and other shooting sports. An officer must be present for check-in/check-out.