Take a look at these helpful guidelines for what to bring to Princeton and what you should leave at home.

You'll Need the Items on this List

  • Extra-long, twin-size sheets
  • Blanket or comforter
  • Pillow
  • Mattress cover
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Power strip with built-in breaker
  • Camera
  • School supplies
  • Desk lamp (no halogen lamps)
  • Alarm clock
  • Bicycle
  • Backpack
  • Electric fan
  • Cleaning supplies (broom, dust pan, window cleaner, all-purpose cleaner)

Leave the Items on this List at Home

  • Candles
  • Flammable fluids
  • Fireworks
  • Air conditioner
  • Ceiling fan
  • Waterbeds
  • Halogen lamps
  • Pets
  • Heat-producing appliances (except those on authorized appliance list) including grill, hot pot, toaster, toaster oven, microwave oven, space heater, large refrigerator, non-breaker electrical adapters

See the next section for the list of approved appliances that you may have in your dormitory.

Check the Approved Appliance List

If you plan to bring appliances for your room, be sure to check that they’re on the list of approved appliances from Housing.

Appliances such as hair dryers, curlers, irons, clothes steamers, and electric blankets are allowed, but other heat-producing electrical appliances are not. The list will also tell you which coffeemakers, kettles, iced tea makers, and popcorn poppers are allowed in rooms.

Approved Appliance List

Buy them Online

You should bring pillows, blankets, a mattress cover and linens for an extra-long twin bed, towels and washcloths.

Extra-long linens are available in most bath and bedroom supply stores, and you can also buy them online at the Princeton Student Agencies or the Princeton University Store websites. In both cases you can order them in advance and pick them up when you arrive on campus in the fall.

Princeton Student Agencies

Princeton University Store

Keep them on Hand

The University cleans the public spaces in all dorms, including the hallways, common rooms, and common bathrooms, but you are responsible for cleaning your room and your private bathroom if you live in a suite.

Having cleaning supplies on hand—a dust mop, glass cleaner, general purpose cleaner and paper towels—will help you keep up with it. Building Services provides cleaning supplies for suites.

Facilities Cleaning and Recycling Services