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What to Bring

When you arrive at Cortland, your student's room will have an extra-long twin bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, floor lamp, recycle bin and a closet/armoire; it's what your student and their roommate(s) bring that makes it feel like home.  There is no storage space available, so everything needs to fit into the room.

Each student will receive a Room Condition Report upon checking into their residence hall room.  This is their opportunity to thoroughly inspect their room and furnishings.  It is extremely important that they indicate existing damages, marks, etc. on this report because any alterations, changes and/or damages to the room found after the RCR is signed may be billable to the student.  This form is used as the base-line for future damage billing.

For your convenience, we have created a suggested shopping list for you to print and use while purchasing items for your student's room.

What to bring

  • birth certificate and social security card (if your student plans to work while at college)
  • Energy Star for approved appliances
  • desk lamp with a compact fluorescent light bulb
  • hangers
  • trash can
  • surge protectors
  • humidifier
  • iron with automatic shutoff
  • cell phone
  • flashlight/batteries
  • coffee pot with automatic shutoff
  • drying rack
  • laundry bags/baskets
  • shower shoes
  • shower caddy
  • dish towels
  • mattress pad
  • weather appropriate outerwear
  • cleaning supplies
  • postage stamps
  • bathrobe
  • slippers
  • manual can opener
  • TV cable cord
  • Ethernet cable
  • snow shovel to leave in your vehicle
  • mini fan
  • Micro-fridge (only one per room; triples are permitted two)
  • variety of clothes (casual, dress, work-out)

Items to Share

It's a good idea to encourage your student to contact his/her roommate(s) before coming to school to coordinate who is going to bring what.

  • TV
  • VCR/DVD player
  • stereo
  • refrigerator (5.5 cubic feet or less) with proper grounding mechanism or MicroFridge
  • carpet or rug for room
  • video game consoles

Things to Leave at Home

  • lamps with plastic shades (5-light “octopus” lamps, desk lamps)
  • pets (other than fish in bowls with no electric filters)
  • microwaves
  • Foreman grills or sandwich makers
  • candles or incense
  • extension cords
  • hot plates/hot pots    
  • toasters/toaster oven
  • bed risers
  • electric blankets
  • halogen lamps
  • lava lamps
  • individual air conditioning units
  • electric heaters/sun lamps
  • recliners
  • incandescent light bulbs
  • wireless/computer routers

View the Key to Residence Hall Living for further residence hall policies and Cortland Living for other housing related information.