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What to Bring

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.

First, remember that 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
  • All 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 (make sure cords are 14-gauge or less)
  • 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) (see below for rental suggestion)
  • Microwave (limited to 10 amps or 1200 watts)
  • 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 fish in small aquariums)
  • 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 (campus beds are loftable)
  • Candles, incense, and other items that burn
  • Halogen lamps
  • Dartboards