MParents: Packing List : Your New Student

Your New Student


Packing List

Moving away from home can be a stressful experience for both students and their families. In the heat of the moment, it is common for students to forget items that they may need later. Although this is not an exhaustive list, here are some suggestions for what students may want to pack when they move to campus:

  • Posters/Decorations for walls
  • Plants
  • Power strips/multi-pronged surge protector
  • Carpet
  • Storage crates
  • Electronics/computer/laptop/phone and associated chargers
  • Small refrigerators (can also be rented through University Housing)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bed Linens (extra long)
  • Can opener
  • Clothes hangers
  • Desk lamp
  • Dishes and cups
  • Fan
  • Laundry bag
  • Personal medications
  • Pillows
  • Toiletries
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Umbrella
  • Warm winter clothing (hats, mittens, snow boots, heavy coat, scarf) -- these can also be shipped at a later date if space is a concern
  • Multiple identification documents for campus employment (such as a U.S. passport, a driver's license or state identification card, U.S. social security card, birth certificate, etc.)

The Housing Information Office also provides a printable packing list at: http://www.housing.umich.edu/system/files/pdfs/what_to_bring_to_campus.pdf