What to bring to college

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Here's what students living in Northwestern's residence halls will need:


The beds have extra-long mattresses which are 39" x 80." Extra-long fitted bed sheets are preferable. Regular flat sheets will work, but regular twin-size fitted sheets will not fit. You may also want to bring a mattress pad.

Additional lighting

Although each room is equipped with overhead lighting, it may be helpful to bring additional lighting such as a floor lamp and/or desk lamp as needed. Due to potential fire hazard, halogen lamps are not permitted unless equipped with a wire guard.

Kitchen and bathroom supplies

Students should bring their own dishes, silverware, pots/pans, cooking utensils and appliances such as toasters and microwaves. Akenson community kitchens do include micriowaves.

Cleaning supplies for kitchen, vanity and bathroom such as glass cleaner, scrubbing pads, etc are not provided. Please bring only non-abrasive cleaners.

Basic items

Students should bring clothes hangers, wastebaskets, a shower curtain, plastic garbage bags, toilet paper and paper towels. 

Furniture & phones

Northwestern provides each resident with a bed, a dresser, a desk and a desk chair. If living in an apartment-style dorm, a kitchen table and chairs, as well as a couch and some living room furniture is provided.

All students have access to landline phones for local calls. Students who need to make out-of-area phone calls should plan on using a cell phone or other means to connect with individuals outside the Twin Cities calling area.

Coordinate with your roommates

We advise you to contact your roommates to determine who will bring larger items such as ironing boards, small appliances, microwaves, etc., to avoid duplication as space is somewhat limited. You do not need to bring a vacuum, as your Resident Assistant will have one available for you. You can always bring more items to school later as you become aware of needs related to residence life.