Based on the expert advice of the frosh and transfers who have come before you, this page lists what you will likely need or want in your dorm room.
While we list some of the following as necessities, you do not need to have every single item in hand on the day you move in. Also, since you will not know your roommate(s) until you arrive, we recommend that you wait until after you meet them before buying or renting larger items (like microwaves and refrigerators). This way you can discuss and coordinate this option with your roommate.
Review How to Be Cardinal Green: Student Sustainable Living Guide prior to packing, as you may learn more eco-friendly tips on what to bring (and not bring) to campus.
WHAT IS PROVIDED
Your dorm room will include the following, so you will not need to pack, ship, or purchase these things:
Extra-long (80”) twin bed (for each roommate) - Exception: beds in Roble are regular twin beds, not extra-long
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)
Wastebasket and recycling bin (for each roommate)
Robe hook or towel bar (shared or individual)
At least one communication outlet with two Ethernet ports, a telephone line, cable, and a shared landline telephone
You will need to provide:
Government-issued ID and necessary cards (e.g., auto insurance card, bank/ATM card, health insurance 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.
Bedding | Twin extra-long sheets fit our 80” long mattresses - Exception: beds in Roble are regular twin beds, not extra-long
Desk lamp | Preferably LED design
Clothing | Including a rain jacket and a warm coat
Toiletries | Including a shower caddy to transport toiletries to the bathroom
Towels | Including a large bath towel or bathrobe, as the shower is down the hall
An extra pair of glasses and eyeglass prescription | Prescription lab glasses are available for students in lab courses
UL approved power strip/surge protector with built-in circuit breaker
Medications and/or prescriptions
Shower sandals or flip-flops
Flashlight and batteries
THE "YOU DECIDE" LIST
The following contains items some view as necessities and others can easily live without:
Large plastic storage tubs
Books | Only a few since you will pick up plenty more for your classes
Sports equipment | Baseball glove, Frisbee, etc.
Photos and decorations
Computer, Ethernet network cable (long), computer accessories
Mini-refrigerator and microwave | Look for Energy Star-rated appliances and wait until you move in to coordinate with your roommate
Bike, bike lock, and helmet
THINGS WE DISCOURAGE YOU FROM BRINGING
To support Stanford’s sustainability goals, think twice before bringing the following items that are less energy efficient:
Holiday string lights
Non-Energy Star-rated appliances
Disposable products that are not sustainable
Most electronic equipment, such as stereos and televisions
WHAT YOU MAY NOT BRING
The following items are strictly prohibited in residence halls:
Candles, torches, incense, and open-flame devices
Non-University lofted beds | Student Housing provides approved lofting materials
Dangerous weapons and ammunition
Appliances with open heating elements such as hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, clothing irons, and electric heaters
Pets of any kind, including aquatic, unless approved and registered through the Office of Accessible Education. Service animals are allowed.