What To Bring

Housing & Residential Life has created a list of essential and suggested items to make the transition to dorm-living as smooth as possible.

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Items supplied in all residence halls

  • Bed frame/mattress (twin extra-long)
  • Under-bed storage
  • Closet/Wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Desk chair

Essential items to bring with you

  • Linens, twin extra-long
  • Towels
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Desk lamp (halogen lamps are prohibited)
  • Decorative items to make your room your own
  • Personal emergency kit (flashlight, batteries, first aid kit)
  • Personal medications/prescriptions
  • Clothes hangers
  • Fan (Please note that Ball, Stauffer, Johnson, and Wanberg Halls are not air-conditioned)
  • Personal care products
  • Shower shoes
  • Shower caddy
  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Money to open a local checking or savings account

Suggested items to bring with you

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Flash drive
  • UL-approved power surge protector
  • Sewing kit
  • Clothes drying rack
  • Iron
  • Desktop fan
  • Small tool kit
  • Personal entertainment devices (small television, stereo, gaming device)
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator (must not exceed 6 cubic feet)
  • Lockbox for personal medication and valuables

Prohibited Items

  • Toasters
  • Electric skillets
  • Electric grills
  • Ovens
  • Hot plates
  • Waterbeds
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Halogen lamps
  • Sunlamps

Personal Property Insurance

Though theft is uncommon in the residence halls, you can never be too careful. Whittier College assumes no responsibility for loss of property due to theft and recommends the purchase of personal property insurance to cover all valuable personal items while at the College. If you are interested in insuring your personal property, consider College Plus, the premier personal property insurance plan specifically designed for college students. Students may be eligible for personal property coverage under their family's homeowner's insurance. All students are reminded to maintain their room door locked at all times and engrave valuable items at no cost through the Department of Campus Safety.