What to bring to MSU!

Checklist- What to Bring to MSU
As you begin to think about moving into your residence hall, you may be wondering what you must bring with you and what you should leave behind at home. Here are some essential items you should consider bringing to campus.

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It is important to bring a few sources of identification in case you want to apply for a job on campus.

  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • MSU Student ID

Being healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to being successful throughout the school year.

  • Anything you take regularly
  • Any special instructions for things like allergy shots
  • Current written prescriptions
  • Headache, cold, and allergy medicine
  • Spare eyeglasses
  • Contact lenses
  • First aid supplies

Even though this may be almost everyone’s least favorite chore, you will eventually run out of clean clothes and will need to do laundry. At least it’s free!

  • Detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Stain remover
  • Lint brush
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Hangers
  • Iron

If you do not plan to use the university-provided linen packet, you will need the basic linens to keep yourself cozy in your bed.

  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • Comforter
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Mattress pad/topper

Make sure to bring items that you use on a daily basis.

  • Shower tote/caddy
  • Robe
  • Shower shoes
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Shaving items
  • Tweezers
  • Hair dryer
  • Curling/straightening iron
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bath soap

We all want our rooms to look nice and this is your chance to collaborate with your roommate and decorate your room the way you want it.

  • Posters
  • Photos
  • Artwork
  • Calendar
  • Plants
  • Small area rug
  • Desk lamp
  • Clip-on light
  • Mirror

For your convenience, we have partnered with College Products to offer you rental options for the school year. Please visit, collegeproducts.com/spartan for more information.

  • Extension cord
  • Cable cord
  • Compact microwave
  • Mini refrigerator (five cubic feet or less)
  • Fan
  • Futon
  • Television
  • Bedside shelf/caddy
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Bike with U-Lock
  • Comfy shoes


  • Sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Mug
  • Glass
  • Plate
  • Cutlery
  • Nonperishable snacks
  • Microwaveable dish/pan
  • Can opener
  • Plastic stacking cubes for storage
  • Computer/printer with Ethernet connecting cable
  • Cell phone with long distance service
  • Cleaning supplies

Unfortunately, there are some things you have to leave behind at home. However, you are allowed to bring fish of non-piranha variety.

  • Indoor grills
  • Halogen lamps
  • Candles
  • Pets