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What to Bring

We want your living experience at Transylvania to be enjoyable from the very start. Going to college for the first time is a big transition, so we've asked students and residence life staff for their suggestions on what to bring with you to Transylvania. We offer them to you below.

You might want to bring all the things you think you'll need when you first come in the fall, or you may wish to wait until you get here to decide what you really want. A lot of students enjoy getting together with their friends or roommates to shop for items after they get to Transylvania.

Moving in

Dorm room

  • Air freshener
  • Bedding (mattresses are extra-long twin)
  • The Student Government Association has found a convenient, affordable way to ensure you have sheets that will fit the extra-long mattresses in our residence halls. The Residence Hall Linens program has all your campus living needs, from extra long twin sheets and comforters to matching towels and storage items. Free shipping is available on all Value Pak orders, and there are over 40 color combinations to choose from. Please visit the RHL website.

  • Debit card, checkbook
  • Desk lamp (no halogen lamps)
  • Fan
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket/hamper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Raincoat and umbrella
  • Small sewing kit
  • Trashcan
  • Winter wear (coat, hat, gloves)


  • Dental floss
  • Face wash
  • Hair supplies
  • Mouthwash
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Shower shoes
  • Shower stuff and caddy
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Washcloths

Optional Items

  • Alarm clock
  • Batteries
  • Bulletin board
  • Iron
  • Microwave (max. 700 watts)
  • Refrigerator (max. 3 ft. high)
  • Stereo
  • Storage crates
  • Television
  • Throw rugs

Study Supplies

  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Calendar/planner
  • Computer or laptop
  • Dictionary and thesaurus
  • Folders
  • Highlighters
  • Hole punch
  • Note cards
  • Notebooks
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils and pens
  • Post-it notes
  • Printer and paper
  • Rubber bands
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stapler/staple remover
  • Tape

First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotic cream
  • Band aids
  • Cold medicine
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • Pain reliever
  • Q-tips
  • Stomach medicine
  • Sunscreen
  • Throat/cough drops
  • Tissues
  • Vitamins
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