As you plan your packing list for your move to campus, below are some items you may wish to include.

Some are need-to-haves, and some are just nice-to-haves, all to create your home-away-from-home. A list of prohibited items is also shown.

All Davidson residence halls include:

  • Rooms with extra-long twin beds (36" x 80"), dressers, desks with desk chairs, and closets or built-in wardrobes for each resident
  • Most first-year residence halls have carpeted bedrooms
  • Central air conditioning and heating (some have individual room controls)
  • Cable TV hook ups in each room
  • Wireless internet throughout the building
  • Blinds on room windows
  • Secure, card-access entry
  • Bicycle storage racks outside


Be sure to bring the following items with you or purchase them locally:

  • Towels
  • Pillow(s)
  • Blanket(s)
  • Wastebasket
  • Extra-long twin sheets
  • High-Efficiency (HE) laundry detergent, fabric softener, laundry basket, etc.


Many students choose to bring these items or purchase them locally:

  • Surge protectors (must have UL labeled on the back).  Regular extension cords are prohibited.
  • Vacuum
  • Comforter (for an extra-long twin mattress, 36"x80" and 8" deep)
  • Lamp for desk or bedside
  • Desktop or laptop computer
  • Coffee maker
  • Message board for room door
  • Mini refrigerator (limit 6 cubic feet, one per room)
  • 3M Command removable hanging strips for doors and walls
  • Blue painters tape for hanging things on walls
  • Small basic tool kit (flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer and/or mallet, pliers)

Davidson endorses the Energy Star-rated microfridge, a combination refrigerator/freezer and microwave oven that reduces the use of electricity. Students may purchase or rent a microfridge from Standards for Living and have it delivered to their room on campus.

Approved Items

In addition to the items listed above, the following items are allowed in the residence halls:

  • Hot air popcorn poppers
  • Slow cookers/crock pots
  • Electric kettles (with enclosed coils and automatic shutoff)
  • Blenders
  • Can openers
  • Hair dryers
  • Electric shavers
  • Irons (with automatic shutoff)

Prohibited Items

The following items are not allowed in the residence halls:

  • Pets (with the exception of one fish tank that is 5 gallons or less)
  • Large refrigerators
  • Cooking or heating units with exposed heating elements (such as toasters, hot plates, mini-grills, convection plates, etc.)
  • Extension cords
  • Waterbeds
  • Sleeper sofas
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting
  • Electric blankets
  • Paint
  • Homemade lofts
  • Lofting materials
  • Bed risers (purchased or homemade)
  • Candles, incense, and other items that burn
  • Halogen lamps
  • Dartboards
  • Wallpaper (including peel & stick removable wallpaper)
  • Any wall hanging materials that are not Command Strip or Command Hooks (including nails, cup hooks, etc.)
  • Draino

Energy Efficiency

Help the college keep its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy by purchasing Energy Star certified products wherever possible.