July 24, 2023

What to bring, leave at home on move-in day


NDSU's move-in day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19. Residence Life has compiled helpful lists of what to bring and what to leave at home.

It’s almost time to begin your NDSU experience. Fall 2023 move-in day is Saturday, Aug. 19, 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. The Mathew Living Learning Centers and Niskanen Hall have kitchens in all units.

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)




Clothing hangers

Fan (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, mattress protector, and pillow

Handsoap (Cater, Sevrinson, Seim, Pavek) should bring hand soap for their bathroom/foyer area


Surge protector

3M / Velcro Command Strips or white poster putty

HE Laundry detergent


Other recommendations to bring


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


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


Outlet splitters

Portable air conditioner

Temporary wallpaper

Shower trees

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