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What to bring on move-In day

Move in day
NDSU move-in day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20. Residence Life has a detailed list of things to bring and leave at home for the upcoming academic year.

The wait is almost over and it is nearing time to begin your NDSU experience. Fall 2022 move-in day is Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here are a few tips for what to bring and what to leave at home that will make your residence hall room a more comfortable living space:

Choose items that are dual purpose. Cube-style shelving units and footrests with storage are great ideas for your new room – both stylish and functional.

Area rugs are a fun addition that make the space unique and cozy, without taking up space.

Less is more. You don’t need a ton of stuff to make your new space feel like home. A few personalized decorations and rearranging go a long way.

If you loft your bed, bring a comfy chair to create a cozy space to sit. Remember that chairs must be single seaters; love seats and couches aren’t allowed.

Be sure to take a look at the bed and linen information for your specific residence hall. Each hall has a different mattress size and bed lofting system.

Be sure to reference the Residence Life packing guidelines while packing for your move-in day.


  • Light bulbs
  • Kitchenette: Each hall has a kitchenette located in a common area; these include ovens and sinks. Cookware is available for checkout from the hall offices.
  • Trash room with cleaning supplies, garbage bags, recycling bins and places to put full garbage bags.
  • Toilet paper in restrooms (except the MLLC)
  • Coinless washers and dryers (money not needed)


  • Your NDSU ID if you received it already
  • Clothing hangers
  • Fan (Pavek, Niskanen, Burgum, Cater, Churchill and the Mathew Living/Learning Centers have air conditioning. Students in the rest of the halls will want to bring a fan.)
  • Linens and pillow
  • Highrise residence halls (Pavek, Cater, Sevrinson, Seim, Pavek) should bring hand soap for their bathroom/foyer area; lowrise halls have soap provided in the community bathrooms
  • Towels
  • Surge protector
  • 3M / Velcro Command Strips or white poster putty
  • Laundry detergent

Other recommendations to bring

  • Computer
  • Refrigerator (5 cubic ft. or less) and microwave (1,000 watts or less). Students can rent them from CSI and they will be placed in your room prior to move in
  • Chair (single seater)/ footrest
  • Area rug
  • Light/lamp
  • TV set and cable cord
  • Coffee maker with automatic shut off


  • Candles, incense and candle warmers
  • Couches, loveseats and futons (or other furniture that seats more than one person)
  • Space heaters
  • Halogen lamps (floor or desk)
  • Purchased or home-built lofts
  • Bed risers
  • Exercise equipment
  • Hot plates, toasters, air fryers, or any appliances with open heating elements
  • Wireless Routers
  • Nails
  • Outlet splitters
  • Portable air conditioner

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