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What to Bring to College

What to Bring to College: Residence Hall Students

Coming to college for the first time is a big transition. Living on your own in a dorm room without anything or anyone familiar to you can be intimidating. At Grace, we desire to make your residence life experience enjoyable—and this starts with helping you decide on your college packing list. Here we have listed the room accessories and necessities for life in the residence halls.


Knowing what to bring to college can seem daunting - check out the Grace College packing list and learn more about a path to Grace.

The school provides a bed, dresser, desk, chair, and curtains or mini-blinds for each student. The resident is responsible for any other room accessories he or she may wish to have.

For significant health and safety reasons, students are prohibited from bringing used, or second-hand, upholstered furniture into Grace College Residence Halls. This would include used or second hand chairs, sofas, futons, bean-bags, other furniture containing cushions, stuffing, or upholstery. Cushions or pillows small enough to fit into a campus dryer are allowed. Students must be prepared to show copies of purchase receipts upon request. Students are strongly advised to buy and bring a minimal amount of furniture to campus.

Due to COVID-19, we also suggest that you bring the following items: 3-10 personal masks, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, thermometer, Tylenol, tissues and all purpose surface cleaner/disinfectant wipes.


College Packing list suggested items:

  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack/book bag
  • Bedding and sheets (twin, regular)
  • Bible
  • Calculator
  • Calendar/planner
  • Clothes hangers
  • Computer/laptop/netbook
  • Crates for storage
  • Desk lamp
  • Hair dryer/curling iron
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Mattress pad
  • Microwaves (one per room – not to exceed 750 watts)
  • Pillow
  • Power Strip
  • Refrigerators (one per resident – not to exceed 4.5 cubic feet)
  • Stapler
  • Stereo
  • Toiletries
  • Towels and wash cloths
  • TV/DVD player, video game system
  • Umbrella
  • Wastebasket
  • White sticky tack

If you plan to work on campus, please bring acceptable I-9 documents.


Please do not bring the following items:

  • Any appliance not marked U/L
  • Any appliance with an exposed heating element
  • Candles and/or incense
  • Candle warmers
  • Electric blankets
  • Extension Cords
  • George Foreman grills
  • Halogen lights
  • Hot plates
  • Popcorn poppers that use oil
  • Space heaters
  • Sun lamps
  • Toasters and/or toaster ovens