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 (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

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
  • Window air conditioners
  • Electric heaters
  • Halogen and lava lamps
  • Heavy duty appliances
  • Appliances with an open heating element
  • Cars (First Year Students)


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.

Am I able to live off campus?

First year and transfer students are required to live on campus for their first year.  We approve exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis.  If you are interested in commuting, you can fill out the request to commute form here.  All requests must be received by July 2, 2019 in order for us to consider your request and update your tuition bill accordingly.