To make the move to Springfield College easier, the Office of Housing and Residence Life has worked with current students and staff to develop a list of items new students may wish to bring—and what they may want to leave at home.

Rooms are furnished with a dresser, desk, single bed, and closet, per student. All furniture provided at check-in must remain in the student’s room. The College also offers a microfridge rental service for students living in traditional style halls. 


To request a microfridge, fill out the microfridge contract. Students who have been approved for a microfridge unit will be notified via their Springfield College email addresses during the second week of July. If students wish to bring their own microfridge, it must meet the following requirements:

  • No larger than 4.0 cubic feet
  • Energy efficient
  • Both microwave and refrigerator must operate with one power cord

Please note that standalone microwaves are not allowed, however, mini refrigerators that meet our size requirement are permitted.

What to Bring


  • Blankets or comforter
  • Foam egg crate padding
  • Mattress cover
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Twin sheets extra long (2 sets)
  • Bed caddy


  • Clothing for every season
  • Light jacket
  • One dressy outfit
  • Raincoat, umbrella, rain boots
  • Shoes, sneakers, sandals
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Pants, jeans, leggings
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Swimsuit and beach towel
  • Winter wear, including boots, heavy socks, jacket, hat, gloves, and scarf
  • Polar fleece vest or jacket
  • Sweaters

Desk Supplies

  • Blank CDs or USB flash drive
  • Calculator and batteries
  • Computer with category 5 or 5e network cable with RJ-45 connector (Learn more about requirements here.)
  • Desk drawer organizer
  • Desk lamp
  • Dictionary and/or thesaurus
  • Hole punch
  • Stapler and staples
  • Index cards
  • Notebooks
  • Three-ring binders
  • Writing utensils, such as pens, pencils, markers, highlighters
  • Printer with ink cartridges and printer paper
  • Scissors, pencil sharpener, ruler

Fun Stuff

  • Board games
  • Cards
  • Chess set
  • Frisbee
  • Hobby or craft supplies
  • Musical instruments
  • Nerf balls
  • Outdoor gear
  • Rollerblades
  • Video game systems

Laundry Supplies

  • Detergent
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Stain stick
  • Bleach or substitute
  • Iron Out or Oxyclean
  • Laundry basket or laundry bag

Personal Items

  • Backpack or duffel bag
  • Bathrobe
  • Blow dryer and/or curling iron
  • Chargers
  • Container to carry items to shower
  • Deodorant
  • Face cloths, hand towels, and large bath towel
  • First aid kit
  • Flip-flops for shower
  • Journal and calendar
  • Kleenex, cotton swabs, and cotton balls
  • Laptop and chargers
  • Lotion
  • Brushes and combs
  • Nail polish
  • Razors, shaving cream, aftershave
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap and soap holder
  • Teddy bear or stuffed animal (Yes, it’s OK!)
  • Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
  • Toothpaste and dental floss
  • Tampons and/or sanitary napkins
  • Window fan

Room Needs

  • Alarm clock
  • Analog phone
  • Cable ready TV with RG6 cable, DVD player
  • Can opener
  • Small set of tools
  • Clothes hangers
  • Curtains with tension rods
  • Dust pan and brush, electric broom. or carpet sweeper
  • Fish tank with fish (10 gallons or less)
  • Food storage containers and chip clips
  • Glasses and cups
  • Hooks (the kind with sticky backs—you never know when you’ll need to hang something!)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic crates or storage containers
  • Posters and/or favorite photos
  • Reading light
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Recordable DVDs
  • Rent a microfridge or three-cubic-foot fridge (standalone microwaves are not allowed)
  • Rug and/or area carpet
  • Small mirror
  • Stereo and headphones
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cords
  • Thermos and/or water bottles
  • Waste paper basket
  • Whiteboard or bulletin board

Suite Style

  • Toilet paper 
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Pots and pans
  • Utensils
  • Food
  • Water filter 
  • Plates and cups
  • Spices and basic needs
  • Dish drying rack
  • Drying rack for clothes

What Not to Bring

What Not to Bring

  • Microwave
  • Pets (except for fish, which can live in a tank 10 gallons or less)
  • Hot plate
  • Cinder blocks
  • Halogen lamps
  • Air conditioners
  • Large coffee maker
  • Candles
  • Live Christmas tree
  • Live wreath
  • Fog machines
  • Tapestries or large flags
  • Flameless candles, incense, candle warmer
  • Toaster oven
  • George Foreman grill
  • Space heaters
  • Spider lamps
  • Lofts (other than those provided by the College)
  • Hover boards
  • Alcohol (first-year buildings and students younger than 21)
  • Weapons
  • Illegal drugs/paraphernalia
  • Woks
  • Hot air poppers

For more information, check out the student handbook.