UMass Amherst Packing List | Move in Day

UMass Amherst Campus

UMass Amherst 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 UMass Amherst packing list!

Room basics that you need to bring to UMass Amherst during move in day

Personal Items

  • Student ID (you need this for Move-In, access to your hall, and your meal plan)
  • License
  • Additional identification if you plan on looking for employment (birth certificate, passport, Social Security Card)

Shared Items – Check with your roommate(s)

  • Audio equipment
  • TV and DVD player
  • Gaming console
  • Printer and printer paper* (students receive a set number of free printed pages at print locations throughout campus each semester)
  • Coffeemaker with an automatic shut-off and integrated duel safety circuit
  • Microwave/refrigerator with integrated circuit (check out Microchill(Rentals)
  • Microwave up to 700 watts and 0.7 cubic ft.
  • Small refrigerator 3.0 cubic ft. or less – with a ground adapter plug
  • Area rug
  • Posters/art/decorations
  • Touch tone phone* (phone jacks are not available in CHCRC rooms)

Room Needs/Storage

  • Alarm clock
  • Storage bins
  • Under-the-bed storage trays
  • Stackable crates
  • Pillow top ottoman with inside storage
  • Shoe rack
  • Desk lamp (please use compact fluorescent instead of incandescent)
  • Fan
  • Drying rack for laundry
  • Bulletin board and pushpins
  • Dry-erase or paper wall/desk calendar
  • Mini toolkit (including screwdriver, hammer, wrench)
  • Command hooks/strips for hanging pictures/poster* (CHCRC residents should bring pushpins as command strips are not permitted there)


  • Sheets and pillowcases (to fit an XL twin mattress 80″ long x 36″ wide)
  • Towels (bath, hand and face)
  • Pillows
  • Mattress pad/Memory foam topper (to fit an XL twin mattress 80″ long x 36″ wide)
  • Blankets
  • Comforter/Quilt
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener and stain remover
  • Lint brush
  • Mini sewing kit

Office/Desk Supplies

  • Flash drives
  • Calculator
  • Agenda/Planner
  • Stapler and staples
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Notebooks
  • Folder with pockets
  • 3-ring binders
  • Labels of various sizes
  • Index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips and binder clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
  • Ruler
  • Stackable desk trays/Desk organizer
  • Stamps and envelopes


  • Laptop (printer is optional; there are usually computer labs where you can print)
  • Portable speakers (if you want to play music from laptop/MP3 player)
  • HDMI/VGA cord
  • Power strip/Surge protector
  • Extension cords
  • 2 prong adapters
  • MP3 player
  • Headphones
  • Camera
  • Cell phone
  • All necessary chargers


  • Antacid
  • Aspirin or other pain relievers (note: prescription medication must be in your name)
  • Vitamins
  • Antidiarrheal medicine
  • First Aid Kit (Adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, etc.)
  • Cough drops
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes (flip-flops)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairstyling products
  • Bath and face soap
  • Travel soap container(s)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Comb/brush
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair dryer/straightener/curling iron
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Lotion/Facial moisturizer
  • Cotton swabs


  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pants/jeans
  • Shirts/blouses
  • Sweats
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers and/or flip-flops
  • Sweaters
  • Bathrobe
  • Light/heavy jackets
  • Gloves/scarf/hat (and other foul-weather gear as needed)
  • Rain/Snow boots
  • Sneakers or comfortable/walking shoes
  • 1 set of business-casual clothes
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 1 swimsuit

Household and Kitchen Items

  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Lightbulbs (LED)
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Food-storage containers
  • Dish soap
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Bowl, plate and cup
  • Coffee mug and travel mug
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Silverware
  • Can/bottle opener
  • Tupperware


  • Umbrella
  • Backpack
  • Sports equipment
  • Heating Pad
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Journal
  • Bike and bike lock

What not to bring during UMass Amherst move in day (IMPORTANT)

  • Self-balancing scooters, commonly known as hover boards (for fire safety reasons related to the battery)
  • extension cords
  • 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)
  • large appliances – washing machines or full-size refrigerators
  • candles, and incense burners
  • air conditioning units of any kind
  • weapons and firearms (these must be registered and kept with Cornell University Police)
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