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Guidelines for Packing

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You're eager to move to campus but now must decide what to pack. Look no further as we have gathered expert advice from students who have come before you! Use this list to understand what is provided in each room, the necessary items you should plan to bring, optional items you may wish to bring, and what is not permitted in the residences.

Pack bags/boxes that you will be able to carry/lift on your own. Most dorms have 2 to 3 floors - a few will have elevators, most do not. Remember that you'll move at the beginning and end of each school year, so bring enough, but not too much! Please note that Stanford does not provide on-campus storage for students, so you will need to move out completely at the end of the school year. Click here for storage options and pricing.


What is Provided

Your room will include the following, so you do not need to bring these items:

  • Extra-long (80") twin bed for each roommate
  • One mini-refrigerator (shared)
  • Overhead light
  • Bookcase, either attached to the wall or freestanding (for each roommate)
  • Small closet or freestanding wardrobe (shared or individual)
  • Mirror (shared or individual)
  • Dresser drawers (for each roommate)
  • Desk and chair (for each roommate)
  • Trash and recycling collection system
  • Cubby or shelf for toiletries (in the bathroom)
  • Window covering
  • Robe hook or towel bar (shared or individual)
  • Heating system
  • At least one communication outlet with Ethernet ports, a telephone line, cable, and a shared landline telephone

The Necessities

You will need to provide the following necessities, although you do not need every item on the day you move in. Almost everything on this list can be purchased locally or online. There are a few convenience stores on campus, and many local stores nearby.

For your first night, you will need: government-issued ID, a blanket, a twin XL bed sheet, a towel, essential toiletries, a jacket, a change of clothes, shoes, and face coverings. 

  • Government-issued ID, health insurance card, and other necessary cards (e.g., auto insurance card, bank/ATM card). Keep your driver’s license or passport on hand to show at Move-In. If you plan to pursue part-time employment on or off campus, you will need multiple forms of ID.
  • Medications and/or prescriptions
  • Face coverings (consider reusable and washable)
  • Bedding (twin extra-long sheets fit the 80” extra-long mattresses)
  • Clothing (including a rain jacket and a coat)
  • Toiletries (including a shower caddy to transport them to the bathroom)
  • Towels (including a large bath towel or bathrobe, as the shower is down the hall)
  • Shower sandals (plastic flip-flops to wear while you shower)
  • Laundry supplies
  • Hangers
  • Computer - If you will be arriving without a computer, consider borrowing a laptop from the Lathrop Learning Hub.
  • Desk lamp (preferably LED design)
  • UL-approved power strip/surge protector with built-in circuit breaker
  • Flashlight and batteries (choose an LED flashlight for longer life)

The “You Decide” List

This list contains items that some view as necessities and others can live without:

  • Computer accessories and Ethernet network cable (long)
  • Bicycle & helmet
  • Books (only a few)
  • Photos & decorations
  • Large plastic storage tubs (for under the bed)
  • Sports equipment
  • Musical instruments (Music Dept. rents lockers)
  • Microwave oven (look for Energy Star-rated appliances and wait to coordinate with your roommate)

Things We Discourage You From Bringing

These items are not recommended, primarily for sustainability reasons. Please note that Stanford does not provide on-campus storage for students, so you will need to move out completely at the end of the school year. Click here for storage options and pricing.

  • Holiday string lights
  • Non-Energy Star-rated appliances
  • Disposable products that are not sustainable
  • Furniture
  • Most electronic equipment, stereos, and TVs
  • Drones or other unmanned aircraft

What You May Not Bring

These items are strictly prohibited, per the Stanford Residence Agreement:

  • Candles, torches, incense, and open-flame devices
  • Halogen lamps
  • Non-University lofted beds
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Appliances with open heating elements such as hot plates, toaster ovens, clothing irons, and electric heaters
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Pets of any kind (including aquatic), unless registered with the Office of Accessible Education.