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What Should You Bring to College?

Starting college is an exciting time, and you’ll want to be prepared well before you arrive. If you’re spending this summer getting ready for your first year at SEU, here are some handy tips and a dorm checklist to get you started!

Dorm Checklist – What to Bring

If you’re living on-campus in one of our residence halls, you should know that each room includes beds, desks, chairs, closet space and dressers appropriate for the number of students assigned to that room. Mini blinds are provided for the windows in all dorms.

While your individual needs may vary, here’s a good list of necessities to get you started.

  • Bed linens such as blanket, bedspread, pillow, mattress pad and sheets*
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Toiletries/medications
  • Clothes, shoes, and hangers
  • Laundry supplies (such as a laundry basket or bag, detergent and dryer sheets)
  • School supplies
  • Day-to-day necessities such as an umbrella, sunglasses and a flashlight
  • Mini-refrigerator; 4 cubic feet or less (approximately 20”x 20”)**
  • Small microwave**

Suggested Extras

While not necessary, you might consider these items to help you feel more at home.

  • Bedside or desk lamp
  • Pictures or wall art
  • Bulletin board/dry erase board
  • Snacks
  • Organizing bins
  • Coffeemaker
  • Television
  • Bathrobe
  • Curtains

Just remember you can’t use anything permanent or damaging, such as nails, to attach anything to your dorm walls. Most students use items such as white sticky tack, which removes cleanly and does not damage the walls.

Clothing tip

While “campus casual” is the standard for attire around SEU, it’s a good idea to bring along a few professional-looking pieces of clothing for events such as in-class presentations, internship interviews or job fairs.

Don’t forget the tech

You’ll always want to stay connected, so be sure to bring your phone charger. If you prefer to tune in to music while you study, remember your headphones. Note that while you’re not required to own a computer, many students find that bringing their own laptop is very helpful, since it allows you to work and study just about anywhere. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus.

College Dorm Q & A

Q: How do I decide what to bring to college?

A: To make the process of deciding what to bring easier, consider factors such as the size of your dorm room, the amenities provided by SEU (like free laundry room use!), and the climate of the area (Central Florida is beautiful, but also warm for most of the year). Additionally, think about your personal needs and preferences. Follow the above checklist of essential items and be sure to add any additional items from our suggested list that will make your college experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

Q: Can I move into my college dorm early?

A: Certain student groups, like athletes, student leaders, and international students, may have earlier arrival times. These groups often have specific needs or responsibilities that require them to move in earlier than other students. If you fall into one of these categories, be sure to check with your coach or the residence life office to find out if early move-in  applies to you.

Q: How can I feel more at home in my college dorm?

A: Making your room feel like home is all about personalizing your space. Bring items that hold sentimental value or remind you of home, such as photos, posters, or decorations. Consider investing in cozy, comfortable bedding and pillows. Be sure to get to know your roommates and neighbors!

Q: How can I prepare myself to live in a college dorm?

A: Preparing yourself to live in on campus at SEU involves several steps. First, familiarize yourself with our campus safety rules and regulations set by your college regarding dorm life. Take time to mentally prepare for the transition by researching and learning about SEU’s campus and resources. Finally, maintain an open mind and be willing to adapt to new experiences and challenges that may arise during your time living on campus (such as the open communication, respect, and compromise that comes along with having roommates).

Q: What is it like to live in a college dorm?

A: Living on campus at SEU is an exciting and transformative experience. It offers opportunities for personal growth, independence, and building lifelong friendships. While sharing living space with roommates may require some adjustment, it can also foster personal growth, build independence, and create lifelong friendships. You’ll have easy access to various amenities and facilities, such as campus dining, common areas, our campus pool, laundry facilities, indoor and outdoor study spaces, and spectacular sunsets over the lake!

Your Res Life staff hosts numerous social events and activities, creating a vibrant and engaging community. Plus, you’ll have easy access to campus resources since all dorms are within walking distance to everything on campus.

Q: Can I see what my dorm looks like?

A. Yes! Check out the details about each of our dorms here. Dorm tours are also available at our visit events. If you’re interested in exploring our dormitories and experiencing campus life firsthand, we invite you to visit us at

Two female students are in a dorm room talking. One is standing up, and the other is sitting on her bed.Have More Questions?

Our Residence Life team is here for you! Email with any questions, or visit our FAQ page for additional information. Remember, housing applications are required for all traditional, undergraduate students whether or not you are living on campus. Get more details here. We’ll see you soon!

A note for Commuter Students
If you’re starting your first year at SEU and you’re a commuter (non-residential) student, we have helpful resources for you too. Lockers are available throughout campus so that you don’t have to carry your belongings around all day (or make multiple trips to your car). And check the events calendar or MySEU regularly for events designed especially for you!




Learn More

Campus Living: Housing, Dining, and Campus Amenities
Residence Hall Details
Dorm Checklist
Request Your Housing, Meal Plan & Parking
Housing FAQs
Orientation Details: Fast Track & Welcome Week

*The twin beds in our dorms are extra-long, measuring 80 inches in length. Many home goods stores and websites such as Our Campus Market sell this size bedding.

** Tip: Coordinate these purchases with your roommate(s) to save space and money.

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