The Packing Guide

You are encouraged to talk to your roommate(s) and plan what to bring together. No room needs 3 TVs, 3 radios and 3 refrigerators! Also pack with this in mind:

Fire hazards: All electrical appliances used for cooking food are prohibited in residence hall rooms. All other appliances such as irons, hair dryers, TVs, radios, etc. should be used with caution. In addition, all appliances, extension bar outlets and electrical hook-ups must have a UL approved label attached. The College makes periodic health and safety inspections of all rooms during the year and reserves the right to remove all items considered to be a fire hazard.. New York State codes prohibit cooking in residence hall rooms, fastening any combustible material to any ceilings, or covering any fire alarm equipment in the residence hall rooms.

Rule of Thumb about Fire Safety and Appliances: If it has an exposed heating element ("George Foreman Grills," toasters, hotplates, etc.), it is prohibited in the residence halls.

Pets: Pets (except for fish) are not allowed in the residence halls. 10 gallon tanks are the maximum.

Cleaning Supplies: You are responsible for cleaning everything behind your locked door. College staff cleans the common areas of the residence halls. Please bring cleaning supplies and a vacuum.

Property Insurance:   Please note that your personal belongings are not the responsibility of SUNY Purchase College.  If a loss occurs (due to water, fire, accidental damage or theft, for example), Purchase College is not responsible.  We strongly encourage purchasing personal property coverage that’s available here ( ), to cover your items.   You can also reach our broker that handles this plan (HF&C), at 866-535-0456 or and they’d be happy to answer any questions that you have and help you enroll.

One of the most important times in your life will be your journey into college. We here at  Purchase College understand that you will be very excited and busy preparing for your first year in college. Maybe this is not your first year in college but your first experience living in a residence hall. So, to better assist you we have compiled a list of some necessities and optional items that are suggested so that your stay at Purchase College will be as comfortable as living at home.


Affiliated Vendors

Residence Hall Linens - If you have trouble finding extra long sheets and bedding to fit the beds in our residence halls, the Office of Community Engagement has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide parents and students with an easy, affordable option. Please visit the RHL website

Microfridge - You can lease a MicroFridge to use in your residence hall room. This is the only microwave allowed for use in our residence halls, and parents and students won't have to transport or store this large applicance between semesters, or sell one after graduation. Please visit the Refrigerator Leasing Company website at


What to Bring

  • Blanket/comforter
  • Sheets for extra-long twin bed
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Small ironing board
  • Sewing kit
  • Personal care items
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower slippers
  • Bathrobe
  • Alarm clock
  • TV/DVD
  • Computer/printer
  • CD/mp3 player
  • Surge protectors
  • Desk lamp
  • Fan
  • Broom/mop/vacuum
  • Dishes/bowls/silverware
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Small area rug
  • Small trash can & trash bags
  • Blue painters tape to hang posters & pictures
  • Stapler & staples/post-its/paper clips/glue/scissors
  • Cable for TV
  • Ethernet cord for computer (our residence halls & apartments are not wireless)
  • Medical Insurance information
  • Personal Property Insurance information

What to bring-not to bring- to campus - printable packing list (pdf)


What Not to Bring

  • Microwave oven (unless a part of a Microfridge)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Toaster/toaster oven
  • Extension cords that are NOT surge protectors
  • Incense
  • Candles
  • Other cooking appliances, such as sandwich makers, hot plates, etc.
  • Grills
  • Weapons
  • Drugs/paraphernalia
  • Fireworks
  • Air conditioners
  • Pets (dogs, cats, hamsters, bunnies, reptiles, etc.)

Lastly, for some added perspective, read this article written by a current Purchase College student reflecting on going to College for the first time:Pick It or Skip It: College packing advice from one who's been there