What to Bring to College

Coming to college for the first time is a big transition. Living on your own in a dorm room without anything or anyone familiar to you can be intimidating. However, at Grace we desire to make your residence life experience enjoyable—and this starts with helping you decide what to bring to college. We have provided a list of room accessories and necessities for life in the residence halls.

What to Bring: Residence Hall Students

The school provides for each student a bed, dresser, desk, chair, and curtains or mini-blinds. The resident is responsible for any other room accessories he or she may wish to have. For significant health and safety reasons, students are prohibited from bringing used or second-hand upholstered furniture into Grace College Residence Halls. This would include used or second-hand chairs, sofas, futons, bean-bags or other furniture containing cushions, stuffing or upholstery. Cushions or pillows small enough to fit into a campus dryer are allowed. Students must be prepared to show copies of purchase receipts upon request. Students are strongly advised to buy and bring a minimal amount of furniture to campus.

This list is not exhaustive, but contains suggested items:

  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack/book bag
  • Bedding and sheets (twin, regular)
  • Bible
  • Calculator
  • Calendar/planner
  • Camera
  • Clothes hangers
  • Computer/laptop/netbook (optional—Grace has computers for use in every building on campus with printing abilities)
  • Crates for storage
  • Desk lamp
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Hair dryer/curling iron
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Mattress pad
  • Microwave (small, up to 750 watts)
  • Phone (not provided)
  • Pillow
  • Power strip
  • Proper Identification
  • Refrigerator (small, not to exceed 1.8 amp. compressor units and 3.2 cubic feet)
  • Stapler
  • Stereo
  • Toiletries
  • Towels and wash cloths
  • TV/DVD player, video game system
  • Umbrella
  • Wastebasket
  • White sticky tack

Please do not bring the following items:

  • Any appliance not marked U/L
  • Any appliance with an exposed heating element
  • Candles and/or incense
  • Coffee pot with an exposed heating element
  • Candle warmers
  • Crock pots
  • Electric blankets
  • Extension cords
  • George Foreman grills
  • Halogen lights
  • Hot plates
  • Popcorn poppers that use oil
  • Space heaters
  • Sun lamps
  • Toasters and/or toaster ovens
  • Used furniture