Southeast Missouri State University

What types of items should my student pack to live in a residence hall room?



  • Alarm clock - make it a loud one for those early morning classes when your kid doesn't want to wake up!
  • Blanket - better yet, a comforter. Comforters make it easier to make the bed.
  • Linens
  • Pillows
  • Iron - make it the kind that shuts off automatically, just in case. . .
  • Hangers
  • Bath Towels - make then a dark color so they won't show the dirt as much. But make sure and teach your student how to launder them.
  • Shower Essentials - and if they'll be living in community-style housing, they'll need some kind of plastic bucket or utensil to carry their necessities back and forth from their room to the shower.
  • Shower Shoes
  • Sewing kit - include an extra button or two and several safety pins for the times when they can't/won't sew on a button. Don't forget scissors so they can cut off that rag-tag pair of jeans to make shorts or cut the sleeves out of their t-shirts.
  • Laundry basket and laundry detergent
  • Message board - to place on their door
  • Phone and extra-long phone cord - if they plan to use a land line
  • School supplies - they'll tell you they can purchase them at the college bookstore, which they can. But, they're less expensive if you purchase them at your local discount store.
  • Computer - this is not a necessity, but it's sure a great asset. There are computer labs all across the campuses, but when your student is working on a paper at 3 a.m., it's better that they're working in their room. Don't forget all the necessities that come with computers, including CDs, surge protectors, printers, scanners, etc.
  • Waste basket
  • Address book - make sure you jot down the addresses and phone numbers, especially cell phone numbers, for all family and friends. You never know when your college student may need to get in touch with extended family.
  • Umbrella
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Fan
  • First aid kit - make sure it includes different sized band aids, antiseptic ointment and an anti-itch medication. You'll also want to include headache remedies.
  • Snack food- dry soup, peanut butter, that boxed milk stuff with an interminable shelf-life, instant coffee, tea, iced teas/juice mix, cocoa, macaroni and cheese mix, cereal, canned spaghetti
  • Dishes, bowls, silverware - for the times when the cafeteria isn't open and they're just starving to death. You'd be surprised how many different kinds of foods you can make in your room!
  • Can and bottle opener
  • Cards/other games
  • Sports equipment
  • Stereo
  • Television/cable cord
  • DVD Player
  • Refrigerator (no greater than 200 watts or 1.7 amps)
  • Heating pad - they're hard to find on campus
  • Underwear and socks - as many pairs of socks and underwear as the number of days in between which you think your student plans to do laundry.
  • Backpack or bag for carrying books
  • Bug spray - the mosquitoes can be terrible
  • Contacts, eye glasses, sun glasses - make sure you have an extra pair
  • Desk lamp
  • Tool kit - something small that contains a hammer, nails, Phillips and regular screwdrivers and pliers
  • Headphones
  • Lint roller - for the times he forgets and washes his clothes with his towels
  • Tape - scotch, masking, electrical - you just can't have too much or too many kinds of tape.
  • Three-hole punch - for those times your student has to put a paper in a binder.
  • Gift Cards - from any of the local chains so whatever your student has forgotten, he/she can run out and purchase.