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Residence Life (Housing)

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We look forward to having you here and supporting your transition to college life at Clarkson!

First-year students are housed in residence hall rooms in Hamlin, Powers, Cubley, Reynolds, Ross, or Brooks Houses. For more information, you may access our Web site.

This is a simple checklist to help remind yourself of what items you may bring to campus.

Room Essentials:

  • Bed Sheets and blankets – (extra- long sheets: mattress is 36"x80")
  • Trash can – we provide the recycling bin for you…after all, 84 % of household waste is recyclable.
  • Towels – Bath towels are a must and hand towels help reduce paper towel waste
  • Toiletries – shower sandals and supplies, health products, bathroom caddy
  • Pillow
  • Personal fan--Optional, you could bring one from home, but it will not be used often. For many students, it will not be worth purchasing a new one.

 Things to help you work:

  • Desk organizer
  • General school supplies
  • Desk lamp with compact fluorescent  or LED light bulb

 Electronics and Related:

  • EPEAT-certified Computer and flash drive.  A laptop computer is recommended – it takes less space in your dorm and helps provide a mobile work environment.
  • Ethernet cable
  • TV cable
  • EnergyStar Appliances – Wait until you get your roommate assignments then you can coordinate these!!!  Check online for cheap, used EnergyStar appliances.  
  • Smart Power Strip – this is one that shuts off power when you aren’t using your electronics
  • Entertainment (books, music, games)


  • Laundry bag and laundry detergent for cold water washing
  • Sewing kit
  • Re-useable coffee/travel mug and water bottle
  • Re-useable bowl/plate and utensils for any in-room eating
  • Closet organizer/hangers
  • Plenty of storage containers. Suggestion from a Student: Pack your clothes in one or two large solid plastic bins. The bins can be used for storage and as a laundry hamper once you get here and you will not have to find space for empty suitcases

Please leave it home:

Unpacking any new items from their packing materials and boxes at home will reduce the volume they require in your vehicle and can help to reduce your trips to the recycle dumpster as you move in.  For example, opt for sheets that don’t come in the plastic bags. If everyone brings two new sets of sheets that would be over 1500 un-needed plastic bags requiring disposal.

Disallowed Items (not a complete list and subject to change)

  • Air conditioner
  • Halogen lamp
  • Toaster oven
  • Full-size refrigerator
  • Space heater
  • "Zip" cord
  • Waterbed
  • Charcoal/Gas grill
  • Candles
  • Incense

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