What to bring:

This is not an exhaustive list but suggested items to bring. 

For Move-In day:

  • A moving dollie or hand truck
  • PPE: face mask or covering and gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bottle of water


  • Mattress pad/foam topper (standard twin sized beds)
  • Mattress cover
  • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Comforter or duvet cover
  • Standard twin sheets

For The Room:

  • A fan (make sure the fan is quiet but powerful)
  • A trash can
  • A surge protector (must be UL rated, no extension cords please)

For laundry and clothing:

  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Stain remover

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.)
  • Bathroom rug (check with your suitemates to see who can bring one)
  • 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, fork, spoon, mug)
  • A cooking pan/baking sheet
  • A frying pan
  • A sauce pan
  • A hot mitt
  • A coffee maker
  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Tupperware
  • Water bottle
  • Water pitcher/filter

For your desk:

  • Folders and binders
  • Pens/pencils
  • Planner
  • Post-it notes
  • Tape
  • Computer 
  • Headphones
  • Surge protector (must be UL rated, no extension cords please)

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
  • 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
  • BBQ grills 

What are the guidelines for shipping items directly to campus?

Items should be marked “HOLD FOR ARRIVAL” and will only be accepted after August 18. For any items being shipped to campus, use the address:

Student’s Name

Student's Residence Hall and Room Number


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. 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 to live with someone else?

You can request a roommate on your housing questionnaire. This request must be mutual. The person who you request to live with must also request to live with you.

What does my room come with?

The College supplies a bed frame, a standard-sized twin mattress, desk, chair, 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, removed or stored. Additionally, free toilet paper and garbage bags are provided by Campus Operations in Andrews House at the Purple Door.  

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.

When will I find out who my RA is?

Your RA will reach out to you before your move in via email. 

Can I pick who lives in my room/apartment?

You can request a roommate to live in your room. Assignments in the rooms in the apartment are decided by The Office of Residence Life and cannot be changed. 

Will I have access to a kitchen?

Your room assignment will determine whether or not you have access to a kitchen. You can find a full list of our residence halls and their amenities here. 

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. 

Who can I talk to about receiving specialized housing accommodations?

Please refer to the Requesting Specialized Housing page on MySLC.