What To Pack
We both know and understand that packing for college can be a challenge. How do you know what to bring and what will fit in your room? Well, we've created some advice to assist you in the process, and in no time your new room will feel like home sweet home!
1. Basic Toiletries. You will most likely want to bring a shower caddy to carry soap, shampoo, and other items, as well as some flip flops to wear when traveling back and forth from your room to the showers. You will also need some towels. Don't forget a toothbrush and toothpaste!
2. Bedding. A pillow, sheets, and some sort of blanket will do the job, but bring any other items you use to dress your bed as well. Our beds on campus are twin XL size! However, please keep in mind that bedrisers or bed lofts are not permitted.
3. Decor. Want to decorate your room? You might want to bring some photographs, and posters, too! However, don't bring any candles or incense. They are not permitted in the residence halls.
4. Clothing. When you're packing your clothes, remember that Pittsburgh has a wide variety of weather throughout the year. If you are not from the area and won't be able to go home to get more clothing, make sure to bring enough to keep you comfortable. If you plan to hang anything up in your closet, bring hangers.
5. Laundry Items. We've found that having a laundry bin, basket, or bag is helpful, as well as detergent, stain remover, and other items you would need to wash your clothes! What you do not need to bring, on the other hand, is quarters for the washing machines and dryers. One of Duquesne's many perks is that laundry is free!
6. Cleaning Supplies. Basic cleaning supplies, such as disinfecting wipes, have been found helpful. You might also want to bring some sponges and dish soap if you plan on having reusable kitchen items in your room.
7. School Supplies. You'll want to have pencils, pens, notebooks, and folders as basic items to use for all of your classes. The rest is up to you and your professors. If you decide to wait upon purchasing these items, you can buy them later at Duquesne's Barnes and Noble bookstore.
8. Laptop and Printer. Most students prefer having their own laptop to complete their assignments. However, Duquesne does have computers that can be used for free all over campus. Black and white printing is free all over campus (and even in some of the dorm buildings!), but some students like to have their own printer in their room, especially if they need to print a lot in color. A flash drive also comes in handy.
9. Electronics. Whether this includes a television, a video game system, or an MP3 player, don't forget to bring whatever you want to keep you entertained during down time.
10. Food. While students have a dining plan and many great options around campus to eat, many also like to keep snacks in their room for hanging out and studying.
11. Kitchen Items. If you plan on keeping food in your room, you might want to have a few bowls, plates, and cups as well as some basic silverware. This may also mean you want to bring your own refridgerator and/or microwave, but just make sure that they are under 3.2 cubic feet and 1000 watts, respectively. You also have the option to rent mini fridge/microwave combinations from Duquesne's Office of Residence Life. However, residents are not allowed to have any toasters, toaster ovens, or hot plates.
12. Basic First Aid. Basic medical tools such as band aids and pain relievers are convenient to have in case of minor injuries/sicknesses. If you are really sick, however, Duquesne does have Health Services that can get you back into good shape. Don't forget your vitamins if you take any!
13. Small, extra furniture items. Each residence hall on campus provides a bed, desk, chair, dresser, and wardrobe for each student. However, small furniture items are welcome to make your room more comfortable. If you want to bring a small chair and try to fit it, it may be possible, but usually futons and couches are difficult to fit.