You’ve been accepted into student housing! Now what?

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So, you’re coming to College of the Rockies this fall. Yay!  We’re excited to have you joining us. If this is your first time leaving home, it might seem overwhelming to figure out what you should bring with you if you plan to live in student housing at our Cranbrook campus. I know it’s only July, but you can never start planning too early.

You should have received a comprehensive list from the great folks in student housing already, detailing the basics like:

  • Bedding
  • Toiletries
  • Bathroom items
  • Kitchen items
  • Laundry items
  • Clothing
  • Decorations for your room.

The list also includes optional items like small appliances, recreation supplies, drawers, small television, and a mini fridge (that uses no more than 3.5 amps) – but it is recommended to wait until you are here so you don’t end up with six mini-fridges scattered around your dorm.

What is provided by the College in student housing?

  • Desk
  • Small trash can
  • A bed (thank goodness!)
  • Small dresser
  • Mop/bucket
  • Broom/dustpan
  • Wi-fi
  • Mail service (so mom and dad can send you care packages 😊)
  • Laundry room
  • Common rooms for you to meet other students, find a quiet place to study, etc.

So, between the list and the amenities provided, you’re doing well already, but there are a couple of items you may want to add:

  • Extra blanket
  • Under-bed storage
  • Command hooks
  • Pictures/posters/art – that will not damage walls
  • Plants

And then there are the non-housing items you’ll want to bring. I don’t know if it is just me, but when I went to college, I wasn’t sure if binders with looseleaf were still a thing in post-secondary or if they were only a high school thing. So, in addition to your housing supplies, you’ll also want to have:

  • Backpack (some of those textbooks are HEAVY!) – consider one on wheels to save your back and the backpack from damage from the weight of books.
  • Notebooks/binders/paper (they ARE still a thing)
  • Daily Planner (or create your own)
  • Pens & pencils, of course
  • Highlighters
  • A ruler (just in case)
  • Paperclips and binder clips
  • Sticky notes
  • Index cards
  • Stapler and staples
  • Scissors
  • Your important documents, etc., (birth certificate, driver’s license, debit and credit cards)
  • Cleaning items (Yup, cleaning is up to you now)
  • Phone charger
  • Earbuds/headphones
  • Laptop/mouse/flash drive

If you have all or most of these items, you’ll be well-prepared. Don’t forget, however, that you don’t have a ton of space in student housing and you’re sharing that space with roommates, so you don’t want to go overboard with the number of items you bring. (Don’t forget those 6 mini-fridges) and if you hope to share appliances, make sure your roommate is okay with it first.

I hope this helps you to feel prepared to move into student housing at College of the Rockies. We really are excited to have you and wish you all the best in your studies.

Pop back here in August, we’ll have some tips for move-in day for you as well.