Move-In Day is always a stressful time for students and their families. For first-year students this excitement and nervousness is heightened, and for parents it can be bitter-sweet. Here are some resources to help make your move-in as stress free as possible.

Things to Bring

  • Bedroom items:
    • Pillows, blanket, comforter, mattress pad, and bed linens—extra long size. (NOTE EXCEPTION: Welch and Hayes Halls have standard twin-size mattresses.)
    • Alarm clock
    • Window fan
    • Rugs
    • Reading/desk light
    • Laundry basket/bag
    • Clothes hangers
    • Laundry supplies
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Small refrigerator (not to exceed 6 cubic feet in capacity or draw more than 2 amps at 100 watts)
    • Cable-ready TV
    • Radio/stereo
  • Study room items:
    • Printer paper
    • Address book and stamps
    • Memo/bulletin board
    • Stapler and staples
    • Scissors
    • Notebooks
    • Highlighters
    • Folders
    • Computer equipment (including operating system disks!)
  • Personal items:
    • Backpack
    • Towels and washcloth
    • Toiletries
    • Plates, cups, silverware
    • Shower bucket for your toiletries (in Bashford and Thomson)
    • Umbrella

Things to Leave at Home

  • Candles and incense (including candle/wax warmers)
  • Window air-conditioning units
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coffee pots (except Keurig-style)
  • Electric kettles
  • Hot plates
  • Space heaters
  • Extension cords
  • Halogen lamps
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Illegal drugs, fireworks, or firearms
  • Pets
  • Waterbeds

If you have questions about what is and is not permitted in the residence halls, contact the Residential Life Office at or 740-368-3175.

Remember, Delaware is a very pedestrian-friendly town. Within walking distance you will have access to almost anything you will need, so don’t be afraid to get off campus and explore. There are places for haircuts, an eye doctor, a chiropractor, martial arts studios, drug stores, a hardware store, a bicycle shop, a music store, and tons of shops and restaurants all within two blocks of campus. A Wal-Mart, the hospital, and several grocery stores are all within a mile. City parks are scattered all over town and offer trails, tennis courts, grills, a pool, a fishing pier, and more! Every Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon, weather permitting, there is a farmer’s market on Sandusky St. with assorted fresh foods and flowers!