Two University of Mary football players helping during move in week.

What to Bring

  • Pillows
  • Sheets (twin)
  • Comforter (twin)
  • Mattress Pad/Topper (twin) 
  • Blanket
  • Toiletries 
  • Flip flops/Shower shoes 
  • Robe
  • Shower caddy  
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper (Hillside, Greg Butler, Roers, Apartments)
  • Plunger (Hillside, Greg Butler, Roers, Apartments))
  • First aid kit
  • Bag/Chip clips 
  • Can opener 
  • Dishes, cups, & utensils
  • Dish soap & sponge
  • Water bottle & travel mug
  • Food storage
  • Coffee maker (without a hot plate)  
  • Microwave
  • Paper towels
  • Small dorm-size fridge (not larger than 6.0 cubic feet)
  • All-purpose cleaner 
  • Drying rack 
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Detergent/pods
  • Dryer sheets 
  • Stain remover
  • Lint roller
  • Vacuum/Broom & dustpan
  • Under-bed storage bins
  • Shoe storage
  • Stacking drawers
  • Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, and masks

*Note: Iron and board are provided in the residence halls.

  • Desk lamp 
  • Trashcan
  • Textbooks 
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Highlighters
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Stapler 
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Weekly planner (will be available for purchase when you arrive on campus)
  • Laptop 
  • Cellphone
  • Charging devices 
  • Extension cord 
  • Fan 
  • Headphones 
  • Surge protected power strip

Laptop Recommendations:

The University of Mary does not require students to purchase personal computers at this time. The university provides computers through the residence hall computer labs, the Welder Library lab, Harold J. Miller lab, and Chesterton's computer and printer station. For some students, it may be more convenient to have a personal computer. If you decide to bring your own computer, the university provides a network connection for every student in the residence halls. Laptop users can take advantage of the University of Mary’s 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless networks located in all residence halls and common areas.  If you have a desktop computer without wireless network capabilities, you will need to purchase approximately ten feet of CAT5 or CAT6 network cable to connect to the internet in your room.

Requirements for student-owned computers connecting to the University of Mary network:

Due to problems created by personal routers and access points, they are prohibited on campus. These devices can potentially cause conflicts with the university’s wireless equipment and affect the quality of our students’ networking experience at the university.

Recommended PC Requirements: Minimum PC Requirements:
64-bit Operating System • Windows 10 or newer • MAC OS 13 (Ventura) or newer • > 8 GB of system memory • > 250 GB hard drive • Updated Antivirus 64-bit Operating System • Windows 10 • MAC OS 13 (Ventura) or newer • 8 GB of system memory • 250 GB hard drive • Updated Antivirus
Recommended Web Browsers: Free Antivirus Options:
Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari Microsoft Defender, Avira, AVAST, AVG - Windows Avira, AVAST, AVG - MAC OS
Optional Recommended Items: Recommended Updates:
USB Memory Stick or Portable Hard Drive (MS Office 365 Online Version is available to Students) Make sure your OS (Windows or MAC), Antivirus, and other programs are fully updated and running latest versions.

What Not to Bring

  • Cooking appliances that utilize open flame or coil heaters, such as toasters, hot plates, electric skillets, George Foreman grills, and any appliances with a heating element
  • Space heaters and air conditioning units
  • Candles (wick or no wick) and candle warmers
  • Halogen lights
  • Pets (service animals are welcome)
  • Firearms, including but not limited to BB guns, paint guns, pellet guns, airsoft guns, explosives, fireworks, dangerous chemicals, or other dangerous weapons 
  • Gas or battery-powered vehicles and equipment, including, but not limited to, scooters, motorcycles, three- or four-wheelers, hoverboards, Segways, or similar items
  • Knives of any kind that are longer than five inches in length, swords, toy knives, and toy swords
  • Other weapons including, but not limited to, tasers
  • Gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, and all other flammable fuels
  • Alcohol (see Student Handbook for Alcohol Policy)
  • Illegal substances of any kind
  • Alcohol paraphernalia, including, but not limited to, signs, lights, posters, calendars, glassware, or containers (including empty containers) that feature or promote products that contain alcohol
  • Drug paraphernalia, including pipes, bongs, and other devices used to smoke, ingest or inject illegal substances, as well as any signs, lights, posters, calendars, glassware, or containers that feature or promote illegal drugs and substances.
  • Pornographic materials of any kind or any materials that feature or promote sexuality in any manner contrary to Catholic teaching
  • Any materials that are racist, sexist, or otherwise demean the God-given dignity of people.
  • Purchased or home-built lofts (lofts provided by the university are allowed)

Other Resources

Helpful Hints

  • Don't forget your winter hat, coat, scarf, gloves, and boots!
  • A winter survival kit with a blanket, candle and matches, power bars, and battery cables may be helpful for those with a car.
  • The University supplies a twin-size bed frame, mattress, desk, dresser, and chair.
  • Consult with your roommates ahead of time to coordinate larger items such as TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, etc. Additional items can be purchased in Bismarck if needed.
  • Make sure to write down the serial numbers of any electronic devices you may bring (TV, Laptop, etc.).

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Have Questions?

We’re here to help. Call Student Development at 701-355-8217 or email us.