Some are need-to-haves and some are just nice-to-haves, all to create your home away from home.

Please review these item lists as you plan your move to campus.

A list of prohibited items has also been included. Prohibited items apply to all on-campus housing.

Packing Lists 

As you prepare your Davidson College packing list, start by learning what's included, what's needed and what's recommended.

What to Bring to Campus: Residence Halls

What's Included

  • Rooms with extra-long twin beds (36" x 80"), dressers, desks and desk chairs plus a closet, built-in or stand-alone wardrobe for each resident
  • Central air conditioning and heating (most rooms have individual room controls)
  • Cable TV hook up in each room
  • Wireless internet throughout the building
  • One or more windows
  • Blinds on room windows
  • Secure, card-access entry
  • Bicycle storage racks outside
  • Trained RLO student leaders assigned to every community

Need-to-Haves

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

  • Comforter (for an extra-long twin mattress, 36" x 80" and 8" deep)
  • XL twin sheets
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Bath Towels
  • Laundry Basket or Laundry Tote
  • Trashcan
  • High-Efficiency (HE) laundry detergent (pods or liquid), fabric softener, laundry basket, etc.
  • Clothes Hangers

Recommended to Bring

  • Surge protectors (must have UL labeled on the back via holographic sticker or imprinted within the plastic), with on/off switch.  Regular extension cords are prohibited.
  • Vacuum
  • Broom/dustpan or Swiffer
  • Cleaners (sink/countertop cleaner, window cleaner, dust spray, etc.)
  • Mattress pad or protector (twin XL size)
  • Foam mattress topper (twin XL size)
  • Small bedroom fan
  • Lamp for desk or bedside
  • Coffee maker
  • Bathroom caddy for shampoo, conditioner, etc.
  • Message board for room door
  • Mini refrigerator (Refrigerator usage can be up to 2 amps 120 volts maximum, one per room) or rent a Microfridge (microwave/refrigerator combo, one per room)
  • Blue painters tape for hanging things on walls
  • Small basic tool kit (flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer and/or mallet, pliers)
  • First aid kit (band-aids, cold medicine, ibuprofen, etc.)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Television with stand (may not be hung on wall)
  • HDMI cord, ethernet cord
  • Storage bins for under bed storage

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 that are recommended to bring, the following items are allowed in both residence halls and Martin Court apartments.

  • Hot air popcorn poppers
  • Rice cookers
  • Slow cookers, Crockpots, Instant Pots
  • Electric kettles (with enclosed coils and automatic shutoff)
  • Electric can openers
  • Hairdryers (800 watts or less)
  • Electric shavers
  • Irons (with automatic shutoff)

What to Bring to Campus: Martin Court Apartments

What's Included

All Martin Court apartments include:

  • Individual bedrooms each with full size bed and mattress (53” x 75”) dresser, desk with desk chairs, and moveable wardrobes for each resident
  • Kitchen with full-size refrigerator, oven/stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, kitchen table and chairs, benches and/or stools, depending on the building
  • Common area with couch and some apartments have ottomans
  • Laminate flooring in the main and bedroom areas
  • Central air conditioning and heating, controlled by the occupants
  • Cable TV hook up in common room, not available in the individual bedrooms
  • Wireless internet throughout the building
  • One window in each bedroom and one large common room window
  • Blinds on bedroom windows and common room window
  • Shower curtain
  • Patio or balcony area outside each entrance
  • Secure, card-access entry
  • Bicycle storage racks outside
  • Trained RLO student leaders assigned to every community

Need-to-Haves

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

  • Full-sized sheets and blanket/comforter
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Bath Towels
  • Kitchen, bathroom and bedroom wastebaskets
  • High-Efficiency (HE) laundry detergent (pods or liquid), fabric softener
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Toilet Paper

Recommended to Bring

Apartment mates may consider bringing or sharing the following items as they are not provided by the college:

  • Microwave Oven
  • Toaster
  • Blender and/or Mixer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes and Cups
  • Utensils
  • Cutting Board
  • Pots and Pans
  • Mixing Bowls, Measuring Cups and/or Measuring Spoons
  • Baking Sheets
  • Cleaning supplies (oven cleaner, counter cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner)
  • Kitchen Towels and/or Sponges
  • Potholders and/or Oven Mitts
  • Vacuum
  • Trash Can Bags
  • Broom and Dust Pan
  • Mop and Bucket
  • Toilet bowl Brush
  • Toilet Plunger
  • Television with stand (may not be hung on wall)
  • HDMI cord, ethernet cord
  • Desk Lamp and/or Side Table Lamp
  • Surge protectors (must have UL labeled on the back via holographic sticker or imprinted within the plastic), with on/off switch.  Regular extension cords are prohibited.
  • Laundry basket or laundry tote
  • Mattress pad or protector (full size)
  • Foam mattress topper (full size)
  • Small bedroom fan
  • Blue painters tape for hanging things on walls
  • Small basic tool kit (flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer and/or mallet, pliers)
  • First aid kit (medication, allergy medicine, headache medicine, band-aids, etc.)
  • Personal hygiene products

Approved Items

In addition to the items that are recommended to bring, the following items are allowed:

  • Hot air popcorn poppers
  • Rice cookers
  • Slow cookers, Crockpots, Instant Pots
  • Electric kettles (with enclosed coils and automatic shutoff)
  • Electric can openers
  • Hairdryers (800 watts or less)
  • Electric shavers
  • Irons (with automatic shutoff)

The following items are allowed in Martin Court apartments ONLY (no more than one of each per apartment).

  • Microwave (700-1100 watts)
  • Hot plates
  • Griddles
  • George Foreman indoor grills, countertop/cooktop indoor steam grills, hibachi grills
  • Air Fryer
  • Toaster
  • Pressure Cooker
  • Deep Fryer

Prohibited Items

Items prohibited in halls and apartments include, but are not limited to, the example list below:

  • Pets (with the exception of one fish tank that is 5 gallons or less)
  • More than one refrigerator/Microfridge per room or suite.  Refrigerator usage can be up to 2 amps 120 volts maximum.
  • Microwaves larger than 700 watts.
  • Cooking or heating units with exposed heating elements (such as toasters, hot plates, mini-grills, convection plates, etc.)
  • All outdoor grills including, but not limited to, charcoal, gas, propane and pellet.  Grills may not be used or stored in residence halls or apartments.  Use existing outdoor grills e.g. Martin Court, Chidsey, Hobart Park.
  • Cooking out near residence halls, including on patios and balconiesIncendiary agents: including candles, incense, hookah, fireworks, butane torches, etc.
  • Combustibles: including lighter fluid, motor oil, propane, gasoline, charcoal, kerosene, vehicles that hold fuel like scooters and motorcycles, etc.
  • Fire and safety hazards: including extension cords, live trees (e.g., Christmas, palm trees), paper-covered room doors, fabric hanging over beds, large stacks of newspaper, halogen lights, electric blankets, hoverboards, fog machines, etc.
  • Additional door locks (e.g. Ring or other camera locks, chain or deadbolt)
  • Personal security camera
  • Draino
  • Electric heaters
  • Portable air-conditioning units or window air conditioners
  • Extension cords
  • Waterbeds
  • Sleeper sofas
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting
  • Electric blankets
  • Wallpaper & Decorative Decals (including temporary, permanent, peel & stick removable, repositionable, etc.)
  • Wall hanging materials that are not Command Strip or Command Hooks (including nails, cup hooks, etc.)  RLO cautions use of Command strips and hooks as removal can cause damage to the walls. We will update with other options as they are developed.
  • Paint
  • Lofts (purchased and/or homemade) and lofting materials
  • Bed risers (purchased and/or homemade)
  • Candles, incense, and other items that burn
  • Halogen lamps
  • Dartboards
  • Hot tubs including inflatable and pools
  • Removing college-owned furniture or mattresses from the room or apartment
  • Removing security screens

Items prohibited in Martin Court apartments include all of the above in addition to the example list below:

  • Upholstered patio furniture
  • Any furniture on balcony/patio that blocks egress or fire extinguishers
  • Outdoor grills may not be used or stored in or outside of apartments.
  • Tables left on porches when not in use. Tables must be moved back into your apartment when not being used.
  • Bags of trash and recycling left outside apartment. Place all trash directly in the dumpsters. 
  • Do not throw anything off banisters, balconies or out of windows.

Policies and Procedures

The Residence Life Office at Davidson College is dedicated to providing safe, secure and comfortable residential communities that support and enhance student academic performance and social development for all residents.

Residence Life Policies and Procedures Manual