What should I bring?
Most students move a minimum of 8 times during their Swarthmore career, just by moving-in and then moving-out each academic year. Students are encouraged to minimize their volume of personal belongings, to make their moving process as simple as possible. Our advice is to start with a list of your "must-haves" and your "wants" for the dorm room...and then pack according to what is most important and what you will truly need (and use) during the term. Don't forget...there is a College shuttle to Target/Bed Bath & Beyond/etc. so if you forget something you can purchase it after you arrive and get settled. Also, the on-campus bookstore is stocked with many items you might want...so pack light and see what you really need.
What comes with each room?
The college provides a bed frame, mattress, chest and/or closet, desk, and chair for each student in a room. A few rooms come with bookshelves or desk hutches, but MOST do not (the ones that do are leftover from previous furniture sets).
- Furniture provided must remain in your room. The college is not able to remove items and then return them at the end of the year. Students will be charged for damaged or missing furniture items at the end of the Spring semester.
- Each dorm has a coin-operated laundry facility, usually including an iron & ironing board. The laundry machines take quarters...so you might want to stock up 1-2 rolls before you arrive.
- Each residence hall also has at least one small kitchen, including a microwave, fridge, and sink. Many kitchens also include stove-tops and/or ovens.
What should you bring?
- Bedding, as preferred (sheets, matress cover, blanket, etc.). Our mattresses are twin x-long, and are roughly 36” x 80” x 9”
- Metal waste basket (metal required for fire safety)
- Desk or floor lamps (no halogen lamps allowed) Many of the dorms get lots of shade during the afternoon hours, so at least one lamp can be essential.
- Clothes hangers
- Phone & cord to plug into phone jack (we recommend you bring a phone that provides a message waiting light -- our system is compatible with the most popular methods: High DC Voltage or Frequency-Shift Keying [FSK]; recommended: CallerID, handset volume and ring volume adjustments, and a flash button for easier access to features)
Optional items you may wish to bring:
- Fan (dorms are NOT air-conditioned). Fans that can also act as heaters are strictly prohibited; possession (even if not being used) will result in s $125.00 fire safety fine.
- Bike, bike lock, helmet -- most bikes are stored outdoors; only a few buildings have indoor storage
- Alarm Clock
- Hair dryer
- Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) approved extension cord/outlet strip with circuit breaker* (especially if you are bringing an extra lamp or two...some dorms have limited in-wall outlets).
- Computer cables and accessories. Computer and printer information come under separate cover from the Computer Center.
- Small refrigerator, no larger than 24" high, 18" deep and 18" wide
Don't forget: Rooms often have limited outlets. For safety reasons, all electrical items must be UL approved and be limited to the electric capacity of the room.
What you should absolutely leave at home
- Cooking appliances, including coffee makers, hot plates and toaster ovens (There are kitchens in each residence hall). Pretty much anything that gets "warm/hot" and/or has a heating element is prohibited. Please do not bring these items.
- Space heaters
- Candles, incense. There is a mandatory (non-appealable) $500.00 fine for any open flame.
- Halogen lamps
- Pets (of any kind!)
- Air conditioner
Students must provide insurance for all their belongings. College insurance does not provide coverage for loss or damage. All items are stored at your own risk.