Penn State Packing List | Move in Day

Penn State University Packing List

 A lot of students are extremely stressful during move in day at PSU. We understand that feeling and that is why we have compiled the ultimate packing list during move in day. Here is the packing list for Penn State University students.

What is in your dorm room at Penn State?

Laundry Facilities are available in every building.

– Twin Bed with mattress (we recommend purchasing extra-long sheets [80″ x 36″] to fit any size mattress on campus)
– Bookshelf
– Bulletin Boards (available in traditional residence hall rooms only)
– Chest of drawers
– Closet or wardrobe
– Desk with chair (Note: not all desks are equipped with a task light)
– Internet connections (learn more about ResCom)
– Cable TV connection (one per room – bring a coaxial cable to connect to our TV service)
– Mirror
– Window treatment
– Microfridge [refrigerator/freezer/microwave unit] (one per room)
– Smoke detector (one per room)
– Trash can (one per room)

Nittany and White Course Apartments

Bedroom includes: Twin Bed with mattress, Bulletin board, Carpeting, Chests of drawers, Closet, Desk and chair, Internet connections, Individual door lock, Smoke detector (one per room)
Living/Dining includes: Carpeting, Coffee table, Couch (two-seater), Easy chairs (two), End tables (two), Floor lamp, Table lamps (two), Table and four chairs, Telephone connection, TV cable connection
-Kitchen includes: Garbage disposal, Refrigerator, Stove with oven, Microwave, Washer/Dryer – provided ONLY at White Course (not Nittany)
General includes: Carpeting (living room, hallways, bedroom), Linoleum floors (kitchen and bathroom), Curtains, Central air conditioning, Laundry facilities available in Nittany Community Center

What to pack at Penn State?

– Mugs, cups, plates and silverware
– Tupperware
– Can opener
– Ziploc bags
– Napkins/paper towels
– Full length mirror
– Mattress Topper
– Twin XL sheets/comforter
– Pillows
– Storage containers
– Clothing hangers
– Stick-on wall hooks and picture hangers (remember, you can’t use tacks/nails)
– Trash bags
– Posters and Wall Decor (Poster sales @ Union starting Sep. 2, @ Pierpont starting Sep. 11)
– Area Rug

School Supplies:
– Desk lamp
– Calculator
– Textbooks (check out Barnes and Noble for a price match guarantee)
– Index cards
– Batteries
– iClicker (available at Computer Showcase)
– Checks and checkbooks
– Debit/Credit cards
– Student planner
– Backpack
– Binders, notebooks and folders
– Post-its
– Scissors
– 3 hole-punch
– Stapler and staple remover
– Pens, pencils and highlighters
– Tape

– USB drive
– Mini fridge
– Microwave
– Lightbulbs
– Laptop and charger (check out Computer Showcase)
– Power bars
– Extension cords
– Cell phone and charger

– Hairbrush/Combs
– Makeup
– Deodorant
– Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, retainers (annoying yes, but necessary)
– Nail clippers, file, tweezers
– Shower shoes
– Hair products/tools
– Shower caddy
– Robe
– Shaving razors
– Towels (2+)
– Wash clothes (5+)
– Body soaps, shampoos and conditioners
– Shower curtain (if you don’t have community bathrooms)
– Q-tips

– Dryer Sheets
– Laundry Basket
– Detergent

– All of your prescribed medicine with backups if possible
– Antibiotic ointment
– Bandaids
– First aid kit
– ibuprofen
– Cold/cough medicine
– Hand warmers

– Venmo or Paypal
– Uber/Lyft
– Spotify/Pandora
– Online banking apps

– Sweaters
– Sweatpants and sweatshirts
– Winter hats, gloves and scarves
– Winter coats and boots
– Raincoat, umbrella and rain boots
– Penn State everything!!
– Jewelry
– Belts
– Socks and underwear (10+ pairs)
– Tights/leggings
– Athletic wear and shoes
– Swimsuits
– Casual shoes and dress-up shoes
– Business casual and business formal wear
– Jeans
– Purses/wallets

– Windex and sanitizer wipes
– Pepper spray
– Room fragrance
– Box fan
– Flashlight
– Duct Tape
– Duffel/travel bag
– Gym bag
– TV and video games
– Vacuum and broom
– FOOOOD (ramen and hot sauce for example)

What not to bring during Penn State move in day (IMPORTANT)

– Air Conditioning units, including portable units and “swamp coolers”
– Alcohol+
– Appliances (except for residents in apartments with full kitchens)
– Ashtrays*
– Candles and incense
– Ceiling fans
– Firearms
– Grills
– Halogen lamps
– Heaters
– Pets (small fish tanks are allowed)
– Vacuum cleaners (available for check out at commons desk)
– Waterbeds
– Window Treatments (blinds, draperies)
– Wireless Routers

Finally, don’t forget to get your “Call Your Mom” mug to remind your kids to always call home!

Jessica Smith

I'm a junior studying business. I love writing and sharing stories when I'm bored. I also love writing tips and advice for fellow students! Hope you enjoy my articles!

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