What to Bring on Move-In Day

Get ready for Move-In Day by preparing your dorm room essentials.

What to Bring

Here’s a quick, helpful list of what you might want to bring (and leave at home) for your first year at Olivet College. We’ve also included four helpful tips to make the transition smoother for you.


Included in Your Room

  • Curtains or shades
  • Bed and mattress
  • Dresser
  • Desk with chairs
  • Closet space

Items Allowed

  • Refrigerator under 4 cubic feet
  • Microwave 800 watts or less
  • Heavy duty extension cords and surge protectors (three-prong)
  • Television and cable cord
  • Desk and/or floor lamp
  • Storage totes and organizers
  • Desk or standing fan
  • Area rug or carpet
  • Hangers
  • Spare blankets
  • Plates, forks and cups
  • Shower caddy
  • First-aid kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Bath mat and bathroom cleaning supplies for Shipherd residents as each suite has their own bathroom
  • Cleaning supplies such as Windex, Pledge and paper towels
  • Anything to make the room feel homey (photos and posters)
  • Scotch 3M command strips to attach items to the walls
  • Coffee makers with heating element that shuts off after brewing
  • Television and cable cord
  • Area rug

Items to Leave at Home

  • George Foreman grills
  • Crock pots
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Hot plates
  • Hot pots
  • Candles
  • Coffee pots with an open heating source
  • Anything that has an exposed heating coil or does not automatically shut off
  • Pets, with the exception of harmless fish in a tank smaller than 10 gallons
  • Fryers, air fryers, frying pans
  • Electric sauce pans
  • Skillets
  • Bread makers
  • Halogen lamps
  • Pizza Pizzazz
  • Air conditioners

Tip #1

Communicate with your roommate(s) in advance to make sure you don’t bring duplicate items. Communicating before Move-In Day is a great way to ensure a smooth process, save some money, and save space!

Tip #2

As you pack, label all of your boxes with your name and room number, just in case there’s a mix up from the car to your room.

Tip #3

To ensure a comfy, cozy bed, you’ll want linens that fit properly. And your bedding will also add personality to your room! Check out Our Campus Market for custom linens that are practical, convenient, affordable, and guaranteed to fit! Click here to download our Campus Market details.

Tip #4

Know what you can and cannot bring to school. Click here to download this handy checklist!


If you are unsure about what you are permitted to bring, contact Joshua Van Wyhe, hall director and coordinator of housing operations, at jvanwyhe@olivetcollege.edu.

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