Essentials for life on campus

  • Alarm Clock
  • Toiletries, hair dryer
  • Bedding (comforter, sheets, pillows) for a twin bed
  • Mattress pad
  • Hangers
  • Towels
  • Shower caddy
  • Medicine kit
  • Message board
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • School supplies
  • Cellphone 
  • Toilet paper (Hillside, Greg Butler and the new Residence Hall residents)
  • Picture album of friends & family
  • Address book
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Computer & printer
  • Room decorations & posters
  • Hanging stuff (no tacks)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dictionary
  • Batteries
  • Rugs
  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Fan
  • Power strip
  • Trash can
  • Plunger (Hillside, Greg Butler and new Residence Hall residents)
  • TV/DVD/Video games
  • MP3 player/iPod
  • Small dorm-size fridge (not larger than 6.0 cubic feet)
  • Bike (can’t be stored in residence halls)
  • Rollerblades
  • Stackable crates
  • Sewing kit
  • Paper/stamps/envelope
  • Microwave
  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Jackets
  • Winter hat
  • Winter coat
  • Slippers
  • Robe
  • Bathing Suits
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat/umbrella
  • Basketball
  • Baseball/softball
  • Glove/bat
  • Football
  • Frisbees
  • Games/puzzles
  • Playing cards
  • Tennis racquet/balls
  • Movies
  • Camera
  • Photo Album
  • Medicine
  • Laptop
  • Assignment notebook
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Highlighters
  • Liquid paper
  • Pens/pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Scotch tape
  • Stapler/staples
  • Paper clips
  • Desktop organizer
  • Weekly planner (will be available for purchase when you arrive on campus)
  • Baggies
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Paper towels
  • Dishes/bowls
  • Plates/cooking pots/pans
  • Silverware
  • Measuring cups
  • Mugs
  • Plastic containers
  • Butter
  • Pepper/salt shaker
  • Crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Hot chocolate
  • Tea bags
  • Peanut butter/jelly
  • Soup/ramen noodles
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Dish towels/rags
  • Hair brush
  • Body lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Contact solution
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-tips
  • Tissues
  • Washcloths
  • Tweezers
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Dental floss
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Mouthwash
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair spray
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap/dish
  • Shower shoes
  • Perfume/cologne
  • Cooking appliances that utilize open flame or coil heaters, such as toasters, hot plates, electric skillets, George Foreman grills, etc.
  • Space heaters and air conditioning units
  • Halogen lamps
  • Candles (wick or no wick) and candle warmers
  • Firearms, including but not limited to BB guns, paint guns, pellet guns, air soft guns, explosives, fireworks,
    dangerous chemicals, or other dangerous weapons such as knives or swords
  • Hoverboards
  • Pets, except for fish in a small aquarium
  • Refrigerators larger than 6.0 cubic feet or freezer
  • Purchased or home-built lofts.

Helpful Hints

  • The University supplies a twin size bed frame, mattress, desk, dresser, and chair.
  • You really don’t need EVERYTHING you own! Don’t over-pack, parents can always ship “care packages” to you!
  • Consult with your roomies ahead of time so that you don’t bring the same stuff to share. (for example: TV, refrigerator, microwave, etc.) You can buy things in Bismarck – IF YOU NEED THEM.
  • Make sure to write down the serial numbers of any electronic devices you may bring. (TV, Laptop, iPod, etc.)
  • Click here to sign up for Mary's Emergency Text Message System