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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. There are plenty of places near campus to shop for the essentials, and it makes for a fun way to get to know your new residence hall neighbors.

Study supplies

  • Backpack
  • Computer or laptop
  • Folders
  • Highlighters
  • Note cards
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils and pens
  • Post-it notes
  • Printer and paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotics
  • Band aids
  • Chapstick
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pain reliever
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Vitamins

Optional Items

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

Your room

  • Bedding (mattresses are extra-long twin)
  • Chargers
  • Desk lamp (no halogen lamps)
  • Fan
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket/hamper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Raincoat and umbrella
  • Surge protector
  • Trash can
  • Winter wear (it does get cold)


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