A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

What to (and not to) Bring to  Houghton

This list was put together with input from incoming students and their parents alike. It is not intended to cover every need but merely to be helpful in generating your own checklist of items to bring. Some items may seem obvious but sometimes those are the ones left behind!

Not every item is essential. To avoid unnecessary duplication, we suggest that you be in contact over the summer with your roommate. If you are uncertain of the necessity or advisability of an item, please contact the Office of Student Life at 585.567.9220.

Download a printable version of this list.

Items You Should Bring You May Not Have Thought Of...

  • Bath supplies/toiletries (Bath caddy and flip flops)
  • Cleaning supplies (dish detergent, dust cloth, etc.)
  • Clothes basket or hamper
  • Clothes hangers
  • Desk lamp
  • Fan (small)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry supplies (laundry bag or basket, detergent, softener, etc.)
  • Linens (standard size twin sheets, pillowcases, blankets, bedspread, towels, washcloths, etc.)
  • Power strip with surge protector 
  • Sewing kit
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sticky-tak (only white is allowed) for posters or wall hangings (tape is not permitted)
  • Tableware (plate, bowl, glass, mug, knife, fork, spoon, food storage, etc.)
  • Umbrella and rain gear
  • Under-the-bed storage boxes
  • Waste basket
  • Whiteboard
  • Winter clothing

Other Items You Can Have In Your Room

  • Aquariums (note: These units may NOT be left plugged in over extended breaks, so please plan accordingly!)
  • Curtains (must be fire-retardant, with attached label indicating this)
  • Refrigerators (must be ENERGY STAR certified and may not exceed 2.7 cubic feet; students are 
    encouraged (but not required) to bring only one fridge per room)
  • Throw rug (all residence halls are carpeted)
  • TV (no cable hook-up in rooms)

Items for Use in Your Floor Kitchen

Each floor kitchen has a refrigerator and microwave. Here are some other things you can bring: 

  • Can opener
  • Coffeemakers*
  • Crock-pots*
  • Electric frying pans, griddles, kettles*
  • Hot pots*
  • Popcorn poppers*
  • Pot and pan
  • Toasters*

*These items may only be used in kitchens, not in student rooms

Items that Must Be Stored at the Safety and Security Office

  • Bows and arrows
  • Hunting guns
  • Hunting knives
  • ROTC guns
  • Paintball/Airsoft/CO2 guns
  • Martial Arts equipment

Items You Cannot Bring to Campus

  • Bed Risers
  • Explosives/Fireworks (illegal in New York state)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hand-built lofts/bunk beds/bed risers
  • Heaters
  • Items/posters advertising drugs or alcohol
  • Regular extension cords (New York state fire code; fused power strips are acceptable)
  • Road signs (illegal)
  • Objectionable posters
  • Pets (fish are permitted)