What to Bring (and what to leave at home!)

As you begin to plan for your first year at Brandeis, undoubtedly you will wonder what you will need and what you should bring to live in the residence halls. Living in a residence hall is much different than living at home (for obvious reasons). Needed and desired items will vary from student to student. However, there are a few important things to consider when planning and packing for a year at Brandeis.

What to Bring

First, the furniture in the room will impact the space and types of items that you will need. Brandeis furniture cannot be removed from a room. All rooms at Brandeis are equipped with the following for every student:

  • Extra-long twin bed and mattress
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Dresser
  • Closet space (some students may share closet spaces)
  • Ladder and guard rail (for lofted beds)

Before purchasing items for your room, it is best to communicate with your future roommates. There are some items that you may want, like a mini-fridge, where it would be problematic if each person brought their own. It is a good idea to always check with your roommates before bringing an item that may be communal or may impact your roommates.

Whether you arrive to Brandeis by car, train, bus or plane, it can be difficult to bring everything in one trip. Sometimes there are items you think you might need, but you are not sure you will need them. For these items, we recommend not purchasing them until you arrive at Brandeis and really see what you need. Fortunately, there are shopping centers, including Shopper's World and the Natick Collection, both about a 15 minute drive from campus, where you may find the majority of these items. Target is located about 15 minutes away in both Watertown and Framingham.

Here are some items that you should definitely bring:

  • Shower shoes (inexpensive flip-flops work well)
  • Shower/bathroom caddy
  • Small fan (rooms can get warm in August and September)
  • Towels
  • Pillow(s)
  • Linens and comforter
  • Surge protector/power strip
  • Alarm clock
  • Trashcan
  • Small personal effects and decorations

Micro-fridges, a mini-fridge with a microwave attached, are available for rent from the Student Services Bureau (SSB). Students can also purchase linens through SSB too. A complete list of services offered by SSB can be found on their Web site.

What to Leave at Home

Due to fire and safety restrictions, some items are restricted from residence hall rooms. Please consult Brandeis Rights and Responsibilities for a complete list of restricted items. The following items are prohibited from the Brandeis Residence Halls:

  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates (or any item with an exposed heating surface)
  • Standard size refrigerators
  • Toaster ovens
  • Waterbeds
  • Air conditioners (without medical authorization)
  • Large fabric ceiling hangings
  • Upholstered furniture, such as couches, loveseats and recliners

If you are not sure whether or not a specific item is allowed on-campus, please contact the Department of Community Living at 781-736-5060.