What to Bring


Packing for college can be a stressful experience-- but worry not! Below is a list of things you can bring to get you started. No need to stress, though. There are tons of stores close to Rice if you find that you need to go out and buy anything else!



Room Items

  • Extra long twin bed sheets
  • Pillow(s) and comforter
  • Cell phone charger
  • Alarm clock
  • Desk lamp
  • Extension cords/power strips
  • Storage boxes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Bath towel(s)
  • Other miscellaneous bathroom supplies

Clothing Items

  • Casual or athletic clothing
  • Umbrella/raincoat (it can rain a lot)
  • Pajamas (if you wear them)
  • Flip flops or sandals (you may want some for the shower)
  • Dress clothes (required at Matriculation)
  • Sweatshirts/hoodies
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Clothes that can get dirty

Personal Items

  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Shower caddy
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Any medicine you may need
  • ID (driver’s license, passport)

Laundry Items

  • Laundry hamper
  • High-efficiency detergent
  • Dryer sheets

Class Items

  • Laptop (not required, but very useful)
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Stapler
  • Flash drive
  • Pens and pencils
  • Other organizers (folders, etc.)

Optional Considerations

  • Posters
  • Room decorations
  • Photos
  • Stereo/speakers
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Febreze or other deodorizers
  • Command hooks
  • Pool towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Ethernet cable
  • Plates, bowls, cups, silverware, etc.
  • Dry erase board and markers
  • Gaming systems/video games
  • Bicycle with u-bolt bike lock

Talk with Roommate

  • Extra furniture (couches, chairs, etc.)
  • Mini-fridge
  • Microwave
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Printer (also available for use in the Computer Lab)