Cornell University

Cornell University move in day can be extremely stressful during the start of the school year. We understand that feeling and that is why we have compiled a list on what to bring and not to bring during move in day. Here is the complete Cornell packing list!

Room basics that you need to bring to Cornell during move in day

  • Towels
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Linens to fit an extra long twin bed (36″ x 80″)
  • Non-halogen desk lamp
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Clock
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Power strip/surge protector
  • Mini-vacuum
  • Sleeping bag if you want
  • Wall mirror
  • Trashcan

Room decorations that you could bring to Cornell during move in day

  • String lights
  • Posters
  • Wall Art
  • Pictures
  • Picture frames
  • Photo clips
  • Jewelry organizer
  • Decorative baskets

School Supplies that you need to bring during Cornell move in day

  • Textbooks
  • iClicker (Check if you need for your classes)
  • Calculator (Make sure to check which one you need)
  • Laptop 
  • Backpack
  • Pen and Pencils
  • Binders
  • Papers
  • Tote bag
  • Calendar
  • Folders organizer
  • Sticky Notes
  • Pencil Case
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Lunchbox
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • External hard drive or USB or SD Card
  • Wireless mouse
  • Chargers (Phone, table, laptop)
  • Extension cords
  • Staplers
  • White out

Bathroom and shower essentials to bring during Cornell move in day

  • Toilet paper
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Bathroom rug
  • Shower shoes
  • Shower cap
  • Towels
  • Hand towels

Important documents to bring during Cornell move in day

  • ID (Driver license, passport, student ID)
  • Bank documents
  • Credit card and debit card
  • Checks
  • Health Cards

What not to bring during Cornell move in day (IMPORTANT)

  • Self-balancing scooters, commonly known as hover boards (for fire safety reasons related to the battery)
  • extension cords
  • “spider” lamps, and any lamp (particularly a halogen lamp) that requires a bulb greater than 150 watts
  • appliances not controlled by thermostats – for example, immersion coils (thermostatically controlled appliances are permitted – like popcorn poppers, coffee pots, automatic toasters – but must be operated in your building’s kitchen)
  • freestanding microwave ovens (except for in the Townhouse apartments, where microwaves are permitted)
  • a minifridge that draws more than 7.3 amps (800 watts) to start and 1.4 amps while running
  • large appliances – washing machines or full-size refrigerators
  • candles, and incense burners
  • air conditioning units of any kind
  • pets, except for service dogs, and fish in tanks no larger than ten gallons (the exception is Ecology House, where residents can keep small pets that are confined at all times to cages or aquariums)
  • weapons and firearms (these must be registered and kept with Cornell University Police)
  • a desk lamp, cinder blocks, and extra furniture, for space reasons and to avoid duplication with items that will already be provided in your room
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