A Beginner’s Guide to Packing for College

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The anticipation is building…the excitement is rising…the preparation is underway…that’s because Move-In Day is almost here! At OC, it’s hard for us to contain ourselves when new Comets join the family.

Sometimes our new Comets can’t contain themselves either – especially when packing their suitcases. To make it easier, we’ve created a checklist to help you when considering what to bring and what to leave at home. We also suggest you communicate with your roommate so you’ll know who’s bringing what. No sense both of you bringing a fan and both of you leaving the TV at home! If you do happen to forget something on Move-In Day, just stroll over to the Market in the Square where you’re sure to find anything and everything you should need.

Included in Your Room

Regardless of which residence hall is becoming your home away from home, it will be furnished with the basics. Each room comes with a bed, mattress, dresser, closet space, desk, chairs, shades or curtains and free basic cable.

What to Bring

In addition to personal items, you’re welcome to bring a few extra supplies to put the personal touch on your dorm room. Definitely pack towels, sheets and cleaning supplies. Most students choose to bring a few more essentials like a TV, mini-fridge, microwave, fan and lamp. To go along with your electronics and appliances, heavy-duty extension cords and surge protectors are a must.

You don’t want to forget the homey touch, so pack pictures and posters – along with Command Strips to hang them – plus rugs, hangers, totes and organizers to help make your room clean and comfortable. In addition, Shipherd Hall residents should bring a bath mat, toilet paper and cleaning supplies as each suite shares its own bathroom. For Blair Hall and Dole Hall residents, don’t forget a shower caddy and shower shoes since you’ll be sharing community bathrooms.

Don’t overlook a few small items like a first aid or sewing kit, quarters for laundry, and a few basic plastic, microwavable dishes to cover all the bases.

What to Leave at Home

At OC, you don’t need to worry about cooking for yourself, just check out all the great dining options on campus. That means any George Foreman grills, Crock-Pots, toasters, hot plates, coffee pots with an open heating source, or anything that has an exposed heating coil or does not automatically shut off should be left at home.

As the resident advisers like to say, “If a pet is what you wish, it must be a fish.” We ask that you bring a photo of your furry best friend instead of your actual pet, with the exception of harmless fish in a tank smaller than 10 gallons.

Your OC Family is Here for You

As Move-In Day gets closer, you may have some questions. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out our Welcome Week pages that have everything you need to know about Move-In Day and beyond. And, when you arrive on campus, your OC family will be ready and waiting to help you find your room, check-in and move your belongings, so don’t sweat a thing – we’ve got you covered.


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