Items You Should Bring

Alarm Clock
Blue Tape
Calling card or cell Phone and Charger
Cleaning Supplies (including paper towels)
Clothes and shoes that can get dirty (for Service First and other projects you may get involved in)
Comforter, Blankets and Pillows
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Desk Lamp
Dry Erase Board & Markers
Envelopes and Stamps
Face Mask
First Aid Kit
Hammer and Tools
Hangers, Shoe Rack and Plastic Hooks
Health Insurance Information
Heavy Winter Coat
ID/Driver’s License
Iron/Ironing Board
Laundry Bag and Detergent
Power Strips and Extension Cords
Prescription Medication(s)
School Supplies
Shampoo and Body Wash
Sheets (Twin, Extra Long)
Shower Shoes and Shower Caddy
Small Fan
Towels (MORE THAN 1!)

Other Items To Consider:
Bed Raisers
Bike and Bike Lock
Board Games
Energy Star Computer
Cooking Utensils
Cups, Plates and Utensils (try using real plates and utensils to reduce paper and plastic waste!)
Desk Chair Cushion
Desk Organizer
Digital Camera
Ethernet Cord
Extra Shelving Units, Crates, Plastic Containers, Filing Cabinet
Portable Vacuum
Small Energy Star Refrigerator (no larger than 4 cubic feet)
Sponge and Dish Soap
Suit and/or Semi-Formal Attire for special events you may attend
Energy Star TV (and DVDs and Videos)
Under-bed Storage Bins

Information on:
Computer Supplies
Textbook Purchasing & Rental
Shipping Items to Campus


  • Talk with your roommate(s) prior to packing so you can avoid bringing duplicate items.
  • Save the boxes you bring your stuff in for when you have to pack up again in May
  • Memorize your room number and MSC number right away
  • You can do a lot of shopping after you arrive and have seen your room. See below to download a list of popular places for students to shop in St. Louis.
  • Order items ahead of time from the Bed, Bath & Beyond or Target in your hometown, and pick them up in St. Louis.

Things to Avoid

Air-Conditioning Units
Electric Appliances with Exposed Coils
Gas Grills or Charcoal Grills
Halogen Lamps
Hot plates
Pets (other than fish)
Water Beds

Shopping in St. Louis

On Campus

The Campus Store and Bear Necessities, two on campus stores, also have items for your room. Also, make sure to talk to your roommate so you don’t end up with two of everything!

Students Sharing with a Purpose (SWAP), a student-run non-profit, offers a reuse and exchange store called the Trading Post, complete with its own South 40 storefront. Members of the WashU community can both donate and take items for free, including books, clothing, room items, office supplies, electronics, furnishings and more.

Off Campus

There are many stores in the vicinity, such as Target, WalMart, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Some stores even allow you to choose and pay for your items in your hometown and pick up your purchases in St. Louis.

Our Shopping in St. Louis Guide (PDF) provides directions to popular places for students to shop near Washington University. Copies will be available on Move-In Day.