A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Packing List

Parent Approved List:

This list was recently updated with the helpful input of the Houghton College Parent's Council.

These parents have sent sons and daughters to Houghton, so the list is experience tested! 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.

Items you may need

  • Alarm clock
  • Bag clips (for snacks)
  • Bathrobe
  • Bath supplies/toiletries (band-aids, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, tissues, manicure items, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, floss sticks/toothbrush/toothpaste, Q-Tips, Hair accessories/blow dryer, Lip balm, Deodorant, Medicines/Insurance card, Shaver (shaving supplies), Cosmetic bag, Eye care products, ...)
  • Bath tote (bucket or tray to carry toiletries to shower)
  • Batteries
  • Binders/Folders/Hanging Files
  • Bookcase (small)
  • Bulletin board
  • Can opener/bottle opener
  • Calculator
  • Cell phone
  • Chair (comfortable desk or folding camp chair)
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Cleaning supplies (dish detergent, cleaner, dust-cloth...)
  • Clothes basket or hamper
  • Desk lamp
  • Dress-up/Business attire
  • Dress shoes
  • Exercise clothing
  • Fan (small)
  • First Aid kit
  • Flash drive
  • Flashlight
  • Flip-flops
  • Hangers
  • Headphones
  • Iron
  • Laundry supplies (laundry bag or basket, detergent, softener sheets...)
  • Linens (twin sheets, pillowcases, blankets, bedspread, towels, washcloths...)
  • Lint brush
  • Lock box
  • Under-the-bed storage boxes
  • Office/Desk supplies - scissors, tape, paperclips, pens, markers, bookends, stapler ... as well as the less though of things such as index cards, glue sticks, post-it notes, phone/address book, pencil holder & sharpener, labels of various sizes, ruler, stackable desk trays, dictionary & thesaurus
  • Paper goods - napkins, paper towels, sandwich bags, trash bags
  • Plastic crates (storage, bookshelves, knick-knacks...)
  • Power strip w/surge protector (long cord recommended - you may want to bring two)
  • Printer/paper/ink
  • "S" hooks (for hanging things)
  • Sewing kit
  • Sleeping bag (for retreats, visitors ...)
  • Snack items (imperishable)
  • Stamps
  • "Sticky-tak" (for putting up posters or wall hangings) - tape is not permitted
  • Sunglasses
  • Tableware (plate, bowl, glass, mug, knife, fork, spoon, storage containers...)
  • Telephone (if no cell phone)
  • Throw rug (all rooms are already carpeted - for atmosphere if you wish)
  • Umbrella & rain gear
  • Waste basket
  • Winter clothing

Other items permitted

  • Aquariums (note: These units may NOT be left plugged in over extended breaks, so please plan accordingly!)
  • Stereos, CD & MP3 players
  • Computers
  • Refrigerators (compact only)
  • TV (no cable hook-up in rooms)
  • DVD/VCR
  • Curtains (must be fire-retardant)

Items permitted, but kept in kitchen on your floor

  • Coffeemakers
  • Popcorn poppers
  • Toasters
  • Crock-pots
  • Hot pots
  • Electric frying pans, griddles

To be stored in the Security Office and checked out for appropriate usage

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

These are some things you should not bring to campus

  • Explosives/Fireworks (illegal in New York state)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Floor lamps with multiple bulbs
  • Regular extension cords (New York state fire code)
  • Hammers
  • Nails/screws
  • Hand-built lofts/bunk beds/bed risers
  • Heaters
  • Hot plates
  • Toaster ovens
  • Microwaves (already in all kitchens)
  • Items/posters advertising alcohol
  • Items/posters advertising tobacco
  • Objectionable posters
  • Pets (fish are permitted)
  • Road signs (illegal)
  • Weapons
  • Motorized scooters/ATV's