What to bring:

Things you should think about packing. This is not an exhaustive list but suggested items to bring.


  • Mattress pad/foam topper (standard twin)
  • Bed bug protective mattress cover
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Comforter or duvet cover
  • Standard twin sheets
  • A blanket 

For The Room (check with your roommate(s) so you don't have duplicate items!)

  • Additional seating like a bean bag chair or folding chair
  • Alarm clock
  • Small dry erase board
  • Calendar
  • Rug (most rooms can easily fit a 5x7 rug)
  • Desk lamp or floor lamp with extra light bulbs (no paper lamp shades please)
  • Personal décor, posters, pictures
  • 3M Command strips and hooks to decorate your room - check out command.com for ideas
  • A fan
  • A small tool kit (screwdriver set, hammer, tape measure, etc.)
  • A trash can
  • Under the bed storage bins
  • A mirror
  • A power strip (must by UL rated, no extension cords please)
  • A micro fridge (we recommend one that is 20” x 34” tall with a weight between 30 and 55 pounds)
  • Microwave
  • A Keurig coffee maker or electric teapot, if desired
  • A small vacuum or Swiffer Sweeper

For Laundry and Clothing

  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • HE laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Drying rack
  • Stain remover
  • Lint brush

For the Bathroom

  • Towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • A bath caddy to carry all toiletries from your room to the bathroom
  • Personal care products (shampoo, body wash, face wash, etc.)
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom rug (for Hill House residents; check with your roommates to see who can bring 1 set)
  • Shower shoes

For the Kitchen (please note that not all areas have a kitchen. For more information about the kitchen spaces, please click here)

  • A few kitchen utensils (cups, plate, bowl, mug)
  • Any cooking pans or baking sheets
  • A hot mitt
  • A coffee maker
  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Can opener
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Ziplock bags
  • Trash bags
  • Tupperware
  • Water bottle
  • Water pitcher/filter

For your Desk

  • Binder clips
  • Note cards (don’t forget to write home!)
  • Desk organizers
  • Envelopes
  • Folders and binders
  • Highlighters
  • Hole punch
  • Notebooks and paper
  • Pens and pencils
  • Planner
  • Post-it notes
  • Rubber bands
  • Stapler and staples
  • Tape
  • Three hole punch
  • Printer and paper (optional, there are many around campus students can use)
  • Computer 
  • Headphones
  • Surge protector (must by UL rated, no extension cords please)

Misc items you may consider bringing

  • A small first-aid kit (band aids, antibacterial cream, cold medicine, allergy medicine, over the counter pain medicine, gloves, antiseptic wipes, thermometer, throat lozenges, upset stomach medication, etc.)
  • A flashlight
  • Board games or playing cards
  • A bike and bike lock
  • Umbrella
  • Emergency contact information, documents, medical insurance cards, etc.

What not to bring:

The following items are prohibited, and students should not bring them to campus.  These items will be confiscated by Residence Life staff and you may not get them back.  Please refrain from bringing prohibited items to campus.

  • Weapons
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Candles (read about the candle policy for religious practices here)
  • Mobiles (the kinds that hang from the ceiling.  Cellular phones are certainly ok!)
  • Gum tack or putty (students should only use 3M Command strips and hooks to decorate their room. Check out www.command.com for a full list of their products)
  • Paper lanterns
  • Paper lamp shades
  • Extension cords
  • Anything with an open flame
  • Air conditioning units
  • Electric heaters
  • Halogen and lava lamps
  • Heavy duty appliances
  • Appliances with an open heating element
  • Cars (First Year Students)


Due to the uncertainty associated with the ongoing public health crisis, Sarah Lawrence College will announce on or before July 1, 2020, the prospect of on-campus housing for the start of the fall 2020 semester. At this time, we are moving forward with accepting submissions of the housing questionnaire for the 2020-2021 academic year.


What are the guidelines for shipping items directly to campus?

Items should be marked “HOLD FOR ARRIVAL” and will only be accepted after August 14. For any items being shipped to campus, use the address:

Student’s Name


Sarah Lawrence College

1 Mead Way

Bronxville NY, 10708

You will receive an automatic email from the post office saying that they have a package for pick up and if it’s not picked up within 2 weeks it will be sent back. Note that we will not be sending anything back that is marked "Hold for arrival"!

For additional information, visit the Residence Life What to Bring, What Not to Bring page.

Can I request a single room?

Incoming first year and transfer students are not able to request single rooms and will be assigned to double or triple rooms with roommates. Students with documented disabilities which substantially limit their ability to live in Sarah Lawrence’s traditional housing arrangements may apply for housing accommodations under the Specialized Housing Policy.

What does my room come with?

The College supplies a bed frame, mattress, desk, chair, closet, and dresser. The student supplies a pillow, blanket, linens, lamps, wastebaskets, and personal accessories. Please note that furniture provided by the College cannot be exchanged.

Does cost depend on what building/room you live in?

No. Sarah Lawrence has a flat rate for housing, which can be found on the financial aid page of the Sarah Lawrence website.

Do I have to live on campus as a first year?

First-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus unless they live at home within commuting distance of the College. First-year students must receive approval to live at home. To request an exception to the first-year residency requirement, students should complete the Request to Commute Form on MySLC.

Are transfer students always placed with the incoming first years?

No. They will likely be placed with upper class returning students or with other transfers.

Can I bring my car to campus?

No. Resident undergraduate first-year students may not have cars on campus. For more information, please contact Campus Operations.

When will I find out who my RA is?

Once you receive your housing assignment, you can check out our RA Reveal page on MySLC. Please keep in mind that RA training has not yet taken place, so some RAs may not have answers to your questions yet.

If I'm placed in an apartment, will I be told who all of my suitemates are?

No. When you get your housing assignment, you will only see your roommate(s) listed on MySLC. Many students post on the class facebook page after receiving their housing assignments to find their suitemates. Please keep in mind that students will only receive their housing assignment if they have all of the paperwork in and tuition settled by the July 8th deadline, so if your roommate does not receive their housing assignment you will not see them listed on yours either. 

How are roommates assigned? Can I pick my roommate?

Roommates are assigned randomly by the Office of Residence Life using the housing questionnaire. You can request a roommate by listing their name(s) at the end of the questionnaire. Roommate requests must be mutual to be considered.

Can I change my housing assignment after being assigned?

Room transfers can only be requested during the room transfer period that is designated by the Office of Residence Life. Room transfers are not permitted during the first and last two weeks of classes each semester. First-year students must complete a roommate mediation with an RA and/or HD before they may request a room transfer. All student-initiated room transfers carry a $40 administrative fee, students must meet with the assistant director of residence life, and they are subject to the provisions detailed in the ‘Room Transfers’ section of the student handbook. 

Does SLC provide mini fridges or microwaves?

No, but you are welcome to bring both! 

How can I apply to live in a co-op?

You can find information about our co-ops here. You can indicate on the housing questionnaire if you are interested in a co-op.

Will I have access to a kitchen?

Not all of our residence halls have full kitchens, but most have kitchenettes. Apartment style residence halls, such as Hill House, are equipped with kitchens but our more traditional, communal style residence halls mostly have kitchenettes. You can find a full list of our residence halls and their amenities here. 

How do the questionnaires for the housing and roommates work? and how much do they actually play into where you're placed?

The housing questionnaire is meant to give us some insight into your preferences about how you live with other people. We cannot consider requests for specific rooms or specific buildings. At the end of the housing questionnaire students can list requested roommates. Roommate requests must be mutual to be considered, so each party should request each other as roommates.

What small appliances am I allowed to have in my room? Where can I find a list of prohibited items?

You can find a list of prohibited items here. You can keep mini fridges, microwaves, and keurigs in your room. Items such as electric tea kettles, hot plates, toasters, etc are only permitted to be kept in kitchens. 

What dorm are most first years placed in?

First year students are placed all over campus in the available rooms that remain after the upperclassmen housing lotteries. Many of our first years live in Hill House, Garrison, and Taylor as those buildings have many doubles and triples. 

Who can I talk to about receiving specialized housing accommodations?

Please refer to the Requesting Specialized Housing page on MySLC.